Child Nutrition


Give your children all the benefits of good nutrition

So they can achieve their highest possible potential!

 According to research, well-nourished students are better prepared to learn. At Essex County Public Schools, we help to provide a healthy environment through nutritious meals and healthy snacks. Please visit the resources listed below to get more information for a healthy diet.


















Payment Methods

  • Cash, check or money order made payable to Essex County Cafeteria.  Please put the child’s name and/or pin on the memo line of the check or money order.
    • Meal Charge Regulation
  • Pay online with a debit or credit card through MySchoolBucks by visiting  For more information about MySchoolBucks before registering click here.
  • Please note that all schools in the Division are now enrolled in the Community Eligibility Program. Under this program, Free or Reduced Meal Applications are not required. All students will be provided breakfast and lunch at no cost.

School Nutrition Manager
Essex County Public Schools
PO Box 756, 109 Cross Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560

Child Nutrition At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

VDOE Office of School Nutrition Civil Rights Complaint and Procedure Form

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Media Release 

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Letter To Households

Virginia Department of Social Services USDA SNAP

Apply online


Any parents, teachers, students or community members who are interested in participating in the wellness committee at Essex County Public Schools should contact the school nutrition office at 804-443-4367. 

We hope you will consider helping to cultivate a culture ready for wellness by focusing on the whole school, whole community, and whole child!

Click Here for the ECPS Division Wellness Policy 

Click Here for the ECPS Wellness Plan


Supervisor,  School Nutrition Programs 
Mark Taylor  
[email protected]
Essex High School Cafeteria
Jill Young 804-443-4301
[email protected]
Essex Intermediate School Cafeteria
Linda Tunstall 804-443-3040
[email protected]
Tappahannock Elementary School Cafeteria
Tammy Hodges 804-443-3427
[email protected]

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
2. fax:
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
3. email:
[email protected]


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