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.
  • Apply to receive free or reduced meals by filling out an application.  Applications are available by clicking the link below, or in your child’s school office and the school board office.  Applications are accepted year round and may be submitted at any time.  Please review the letter to household before completing your application.  If you need assistance, please contact the central school nutrition office.


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


2018-2019 TES and EIS Letter to Household 

2018-2019 EHS Letter to Household 

2018-2019 Free or Reduced Meal Application 

2018-2019 Free or Reduced Meal Application (Spanish) 



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!


Essex School Nutrition Manager


Essex High School Cafeteria
Jill Young 804-443-4301
Essex Intermediate School Cafeteria
Linda Tunstall 804-443-3040
Tappahannock Elementary School Cafeteria
Tammy Hodges 804-443-3427


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