Child Nutrition Program

  • Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch is important for staying healthy and feeling good.  Eating school meals is a great way for students to get the nutrition needed to focus and learn.  

    School cafeterias offer a variety of nutritious foods at a reasonable meal price.  For healthy meals each day, encourage your child to eat school breakfast and lunch. 

    Apply for FREE OR REDUCED MEAL Program
    by clicking


    View school menus by clicking here.


    Parents needing assistance with information in other languages, please contact the CNP office at 256-389-2638.  Translated resources are available to assist. 

    For the 20-21 school year, we are pleased to provide free meals to all students attending Muscle Shoals City Schools.  We are able to do this through a special program through USDA.  The Summer Feeding Program has been extended for the entire school year, thus allowing MSCS to serve all students free breakfast and lunch.  Our school cafeterias are operating with special precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  This includes monitoring staff temperatures, requiring face coverings in all kitchen operations and preplating meals for students with no buffet style service on the serving line. Even though meals are free this year, it is extremely important for parents who may qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program to submit an application this year.  By doing so, students who qualify will be able to begin next school year in a free or reduced price pay status.  If no application is approved for the 20-21 school year, students will start next school year in a paid lunch status. So, if you think you may qualify, please submit an application this year. 

    To find out if your family is eligible for free or reduced price meals, complete the online application using the following link:

    Paper copies of the Free and Reduced Meal Application form are available in the school office and on this website under "Parent Information". Parents needing applications in other languages, click here.


    Each student is assigned a cafeteria meal account where parents may pre-pay for cafeteria purchases.  Please send checks or cash to school in an envelope with your student's name and "cafeteria or lunchroom" written on the envelope and check.  

    MySchoolBucks (MSB) is our on-line cafeteria payment program where parents may deposit money in their student's meal account using their debit or charge card.  There is no fee to open a MySchoolBucks account and many parents use MSB to view their student's purchases. You may open an account to view purchases without making deposits.  Please note, there is a $2.00 charge when using MSB to deposit money into a student's meal account.  MySchoolBucks accounts may be set up for each student by going to: 

    Summer feeding programs are available in Northwest Alabama. USDA serves more than 200 million free meals to low-income children, ages 18 years and under, at approved Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites. To find a location near you, go to:

    Wellness Warriors Public Notice:  The MSCS Wellness Committee meets regularly and welcomes your input.   If interested in attending the next meeting, please contact the Child Nutrition Program office at 256-389-2638 for the date and time.     

    USDA Non-Discrimination Statement: 

    "In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;(2)fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3)email:    This institution is an equal opportunity provider."