GJPS Child Nutrition

A healthy, nutritional foundation to student learning

Gahanna-Jefferson is proud to prepare and provide well-balanced, nutritious meals each day and at a reasonable cost. We are constantly increasing the number menu items low in sodium and derive less than 30 percent of overall calories from fat. Our innovative point-of-sale system provides uniformity and full account confidentiality for students, regardless of payment method or program status.

Contact Us

Linda Green, Supervisor, (614) 478-5535
Beverly Fansler, Secretary, (614) 478-5531

Our plate lunches...

include five food components including protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and a ½ pint of milk.

Students must choose at least three components; one must be a fruit or vegetable.

View our school meal menus here.


Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools' cafeterias utilize a point of sale/debit system. All students use their six-digit student identification number as their PIN. Please review this number with them.

Parents are encouraged to pay in advance for meals through MyPaymentsPlus online, by cash (not encouraged), or checks. Checks should be made payable to the school cafeteria. Change will not be given for checks; the entire amount will be deposited into your child's account. When paying by check for multiple children, please indicate the amount for each child and their PIN on the check memo line. Charges are allowed in case of emergency (for plate lunches only) and the computer will record that the student has a negative balance.

To prevent a negative balance, parents are encouraged to prepay for meals.  Parents may limit a la carte purchases; please contact the Food Service department, 478-5531, to arrange.


At no cost, MyPaymentsPlus allows families to:
  • Check your child's current account balance online
  • Set up low balance e-mail notifications when their account reaches a low balance
  • Monitor cafeteria purchases
  • For a small program fee you can make a pre-payment into your child's meal account using a check, credit card, or debit card at www.MyPaymentsPlus.com and create settings to automatically replenish the account when it reaches a low balance. Online deposits of $50 or more per child will earn a free bonus lunch (to offset the program fee of .0475%)

free and reduced-price meals

Students who were in the GJPS district at the end of May, 2015 and qualified for free or reduced price meals will keep their meal status for the first few weeks of school on a temporary basis. Families must submit a new meal application at the beginning of each school year unless they have received a letter from the GJPS Food Service department stating that the family has been Directly Certified based on receiving benefits through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Ohio Works First (OWF.) If your student has been approved for free or reduced-price meals, they are entitled to a plate lunch daily. This program was established under the National School Lunch Act of 1946 and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.

Students approved for reduced-price lunches may also prepay at .40 cents. The cafeteria POS provides complete confidentiality. Applications are available online and at each school building.

Do you need an application in a language other than English? The USDA provides 34 different family-friendly versions.

Did you know?

  • All our full-time cooks carry the ServSafe, ANSI (American National Standards Institute,) and NRA (National Restaurant Association)
  • Our part-time kitchen helpers have taken the Food Protection Course Certification through the Columbus Public Health department.
  • All Child Nutrition staff attend two in-service days each school year covering food safety, USDA nutrition requirements, customer service, allergy basics, and point-of-service updates.
  • 50 child nutrition employees work in 11 kitchens throughout the district.
  • All GJPS employees are required to have a background check.
  • GJPS kitchens are inspected regularly by the Franklin County Board of Health.
  • Most importantly, we love cooking and serving your children nutritious meals to help them grow and learn!