GJPS Child Nutrition

Gahanna-Jefferson Schools welcomes you and your children to the cafeteria!


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.

Nutritional Analysis

  • Elementary Lunch Menu             
  • Middle Lunch Menu      
  • K-8 Breakfast Menu
  • 9-12 Breakfast Menu                                               

*The data contained within these reports and the nutritional analysis software should not be used for and does not provide menu planning for a child with a medical condition or food allergy. Ingredients and menu items are subject to change or substitution without notice. Please consult a medical professional for assistance in planning for or treating medical conditions.


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.

Parents may limit a la carte purchases; please contact the Child Nutrition 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, 2016 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. You can apply 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.


A well-balanced lunch ensures your child has plenty of energy to keep learning through the afternoon!

Students are offered a delicious, nutritious lunch each day made by the district’s food service staff based on USDA requirements. 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. Does your child have a food allergy we should be aware of? Please complete this form.


Breakfasts promotes learning readiness and encourages healthy eating habits!

Breakfast is available daily (except for two-hour delays) at Chapelfield, Goshen Lane, Jefferson, Lincoln, Royal Manor, Middle School South and West, and Lincoln High School. The plate breakfast varies daily, is based on USDA requirements offering whole grains, may include protein, fruit, and ½ pint of milk. Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch are eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast as well. Contact your child’s school for specific breakfast serving time.‚Äč

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!