School Nutrition

Families looking for student meals during the summer should go to
to find locations. This link shows all summer feeding sites. New sites will be added throughout the summer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at 404 289-0320 or

TMS Lunch: Health in Mind

We are pleased to offer meals from our lunch vendor Preferred Meals, and lunch tracking and payment services from our online portal,  Both services keep families fully informed of the menu, allergens, student lunch activity, and payment history.

Lunches contain all food groups and nutrients that are required by USDA (under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act). This includes requirements such as ½ cup fruit and ¾ cup vegetable servings at every meal, whole-grain rich grains, and limits on sodium and trans fats, among other requirements.  Preferred Meals’ kitchens are nut-free and pork-free, and are inspected by onsite USDA staff, which assures safe food handling and accurate labeling practices. You can view allergen information by placing your mouse over each menu item on online menus on Preferred Meals website.  And, importantly, students really like Preferred Meals’ food.  We offer 1 meat and 1 vegetarian option daily. Lunches are $4.00 each.

How Does My Child Order Lunch?

Students inform their teacher, first thing in the morning, if they will need school lunch (either regular or vegetarian) for the next day.  On Friday, they will tell their teacher if they wish to have school lunch for Monday.

For the first 2 days of school, to make things easier for everyone, lunches will be automatically ordered for students.  Student pre-ordering will start on Friday 8/5, for Monday lunch.  To ensure smooth transition, TMS will have plenty of extra lunches on hand while students and families adjust to the pre-ordering procedure.

Some teachers may request that parents do the ordering for their kids, depending on the age (i.e., Kindergarten).  Parents may send in a note stating which date or dates (you could order a week or a month at a time if you wish) their kids would like to get school lunch.

Menus are posted in classrooms, the front office, the cafe, online on the TMS website, and in weekly newsletters.

How Do I Pay for Lunch?

Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card, or ACH withdrawal. For credit card or ACH payments, use You can make payments from your computer or mobile device and set email notifications for when your balance falls below a designated point. It is recommended that everyone set up an account in the portal- even if you don’t plan to use it for payment. It is quick and easy to do.

Please note: if you wish to pay by credit card or ACH, the portal charges a service fee per transaction:
• $1.00 for ACH, or
• $1.00 + 2.3% for credit cards (a $20.00 credit card charge would be assessed $1.46 in fees).
This fee covers the cost of credit card/ACH processing. Therefore, I recommend you purchase lunches in batches, such as $20 or more, to minimize the impact of this charge.
You will not be charged any fees if you pay TMS directly by cash or check.

As always, email with any questions or concerns. I look forward to serving the students this year!

Would I Qualify for Lunch Benefits?

We encourage all families to apply for meal benefits.  Filling out the application qualifies you for 1 volunteer hour! Benefits are based on family size and household income.

If you have received benefits in the past, note that you must reapply EVERY YEAR if you wish to keep receiving benefits.  Benefits from last school year expire in September.

Applications are online (paper applications are also available. Contact to obtain a paper form).  Online applications are easy, secure, and fast!

Please note:  Dekalb County has a new online application this year, via SchoolCafe software.  It is very user-friendly.

  • You must first register your child/children in the system first by selecting the “Register” button.
  • Note: Use this system for applying for benefits ONLY.  Do Not make any payments to this account as it is not part of TMS’s lunch ordering or payment system.
  • Once you have registered your child/ren, Use the “Eligibility Benefits” menu on the Left and hit “Apply”
  • To check application status, Use the “Eligibility Benefits” menu of the Left and hit “My Applications.”
 Contact if you have any questions.

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