Child Nutrition Program

For Summer Feeding Program menus, please see the menus section below.  For all other information, please visit the Summer Feeding Program calendar page.

 At Huntsville City Schools we have a passion for supporting academic excellence through the nutritional quality of the food we serve. Well-fed students are more alert and can fully benefit from educational and enrichment activities.

Our Philosophy

The Huntsville City Child Nutrition Department is dedicated to offering three nutritious meals a day to our students. All meals and food products fall within very strict government health guidelines.

Child Nutrition Program Director

Henry Ward

Menus, Meal Prices, & Nutritional Information
EZ School Lunch

New for the 2018-19 School Year

Making lunch interactive with EZ School Lunch

Parents and Students:

  • Rate each meal choice and mark favorite meals to quickly see when they’re coming up again.
  • Search multiple schools’ menus.
  • See menus by date for 30 days at a time.
  • View precise, simply-stated nutrition information for menu items, including all key nutrients.
  • Rely on easily recognizable allergen icons.

EZ School Lunch website

Download the app for your smart phone

Meal Prices

These prices are for the normal school year and do not apply to the Summer Feeding Program.

StudentFree$ 2.35
Faculty & Staff$ 2.00$ 3.25
Visitors$ 2.50$ 4.00
Account Management
General Information Company LogoHuntsville City Schools has partnered with EZSchoolPay to provide parents with an easy to use method to view and manage their student's food services account.

Parents are always welcome to check the account of their children at any time there is no cost whatsoever associated with balance inquiries, viewing transactions history for the past 30 days and getting email alerts on balances. EZSchoolPay service also allows parents to make deposits for a 4% per transaction fee when adding funds to your student's account. Parents with multiple students can apply funds to all accounts in one transaction. Deposits made online are typically credited to the student’s cafeteria account within 15 minutes, if made during normal school hours.

Begin Using EZSchoolPay

In order to begin using this service, a parent must register for access:

  • Go to the EZSchoolPay website and sign up as a parent by clicking on “Register.”
  • Fill out the requested information.
  • Under Parent Registration, enter the parent's “Email Address” and then press “Continue.”
  • Enter the information requested and select “Save.”
  • EZSchoolPay will send an email to the parent's email account used during the sign up process. It contains important sign up information.

The parent will need to click on the link contained within the email to complete the registration process.

Link Student(s) to Parent Account
  • Go to the EZSchoolPay website and sign in using the registration information.
  • Link the student to the parent account. Note: The parent can use the child’s date of birth and name or get the student ID number from the school.
    • Go to “My Students” and click “+ Link Student”
    • Please note, when multiple students are linked to a parent account, the total amount of funds will appear available for each student. Funds are viewed as a pool available for all linked students.
  • You also can link more than one student to the parent account.
Features allows parents to access the following, FREE of charge:

  • Balance Inquiry – Go to “My Students” and see “Balance”
  • Viewing Transaction History - It's a great way to see how your money is being used in the cafeteria.
    • Go to “My Students” and click the “Clipboard Icon” beside the student name to see up to 30 days of account history.
  • Email Alerts - This eliminates last-minute surprises and helps ensure there is no interruption of your student's school meal service.
    • Go to “My Students” and click the “Pencil icon” beside student name. 
    • Set the dollar amount for “Low Balance Email Reminder Level” and click “Save”.
  • Connectivity to a new EZSchoolPay mobile app for the device of your choice.

As always, Huntsville City Schools will continue to accept deposits in the form of cash and checks – this service is simply offered as a convenience for those parents who find it helpful.

Additional Information
Application for Free and Reduced Meals

The Child Nutrition Program is pleased to announce that applications may be made online for Free or Reduced price school meals by using the EZMeal Application webpage. 

Please note, at the completion of the online application process, you will be given a confirmation code. Please print or record this number for your records. Once benefits begin for your student(s), you may discard this information.


FAR Confirmation Info

  • We encourage you to use the online process, however paper applications are still available at your student’s school, from either the Cafeteria staff or the school’s Front Office.
  • IMPORTANT: at this time, online applications cannot be completed using a cell phone. Access by laptop or desktop computer is required.
  • If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact either your student’s School Cafeteria manager or the Child Nutrition Office at (256) 428-6955.
Common Questions About Student Funds
  • Account Funds
    • Any funds that have not been used on your child’s meal account will automatically carry to the new school year, even if they change schools within the district or if the software/on-line payment system changes. Any balance remaining on an account at the end of the year will be carrier forward to the next school year.
  • Balance Transfers 
    • If all or a portion of the remaining funds on your child’s account needs to be transferred to another child (i.e. the older sibling graduated and you would like to move the remaining funds to another sibling’s account), please contact the CNP Office for processing.
  • Enrollment Information
    • Once a school year ends, your child may continue to show in their prior school and/or grade level for a period of time during the summer months.  Once the school district has performed a rollover to the new school year, their information will update automatically on the EZSchoolPay website.
Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast in the Classroom improves the traditional school breakfast approach by moving this important meal into the classroom.

A nutritious breakfast helps improve academic performance and attendance, as well as reduce behavior problems and tardiness. Unfortunately, many students come to school without having eaten breakfast. Breakfast is available to every child at every school, no matter the family’s income level.

For these reasons, the HCS Child Nutrition Program not only makes breakfast available at all of our schools but to increase the number of students eating breakfast, we are partnering with principals and school communities to expand in-class breakfast services for our students in several of our school locations.

The Supper Program

The Supper Program provides freshly prepared nutritious meals (healthy proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk) to students 18 years and under at eligible after-school program sites.

This program will replace after school snack services at 11 school sites this year.

Filling a Nutrition Gap

When children arrive home from school, they may be reach for high-calorie snacks before dinner. Our supper meals may prevent that, though they are not intended to substitute for family dinners. 

Schools Participating in the Supper Program:

  • Chapman P-8
  • Columbia High
  • Dawson Elementary
  • Highlands Elementary
  • Jemison High
  • Lakewood Elementary
  • Lee / New Century Technology High
  • McNair Junior High
  • Morris P-8
  • Providence P-8
  • Ridgecrest Elementary
  • Rolling Hills Elementary
  • Williams P-8 

For more information please contact us at (256) 428-6955

Students With Special Dietary Needs

We understand that certain children have special dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate those needs.

For a student with a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, or a non-life threatening food allergy, a diet prescription signed by a licensed physician (link here), nurse, registered dietitian, or physician assistant is required. A student with a disability or life threatening food allergy must have a diet prescription signed by a licensed physician.

Physician’s Statement for Children with Disabilities

USDA regulations 7 CFR Part 15b require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a statement signed by a licensed physician. The physician’s statement must identify:

  • The child’s disability
  • An explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet
  • The major life activity affected by the disability
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted
Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs

Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement that explains the food substitution that is requested. It must be signed by a recognized medical authority. The medical statement must include:

  • An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet
  • The food or choice of foods to be substituted
The Community Eligibility Program

The USDA has made available a new program called the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). By participating in this program, a school or school district may serve free breakfast and free lunch to all students.

The following Huntsville schools participate in the CEP Program: 

  • AAA
  • ASFL High
  • Blossomwood
  • Chaffee
  • Chapman P-8
  • Columbia High
  • Dawson Elementary
  • Farley Elementary
  • Highlands Elementary
  • Jemison High
  • Lakewood Elementary
  • Lee High/ New Century High
  • McDonnell Elementary
  • McNair Junior High
  • MLK Elementary
  • Montview Elementary
  • Morris P-8
  • Providence K-5
  • Ridgecrest Elementary
  • Rolling Hills Elementary
  • Sonny Hereford Elementary
  • Whitesburg P-8
  • Williams Elementary/Middle

If your child's school is on this list, you will not have to fill out a free and reduced application this year. Please call if you have any questions: 256-428-6955

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