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About School Nutrition

The Polk County School Nutrition program has a hearfelt concern for the well-being and health of our students and our community. We believe that good nutrition is critical for maximum student achievement and meeting our district's educational goals. Our program integrity shows through our commitment to serving the most nutritious meals to our students and providing nutrition education that will prepare students to choose a healthy lifestyle now and into the future. We hold the highest standards of freshness and strive to offer local products at every opportunity.

Our program continues to grow....You should join us! We are proud to offer rewarding career opportunities to more than 900 dedicated professionals. As a result of our Bright Start Breakfast Program, Community Eligibility and Summer Meals, we are feeding more students than ever before. This year we will serve approximately 5 million breakfasts, 11 million lunches, 450,000 after school snacks, and over 300,000 summer meals.

Our Mission

Polk County school nutrition professionals are dedicated to the achievement of our students and the future wellness of our community by providing innovative healthy meals and nutrition education in a welcoming dining environment.

This dedication stems from our commitment to support the educational goals of the district and provide the highest quality for our customers while being responsible stewards with community resources.

Our Vision

By 2020, our students will be noticeably healthier. All students will benefit from access to a variety of healthy foods at school and progressive nutrition education that will prepare them to choose a healthy lifestyle now and into the future.

Career Opportunities

There are great benefits to a career in school nutrition. The schedule is great; afternoons, weekends and holidays off! Full time employees are eligible for benefits, including health insurance. Not to mention the pride you'll feel when you create smiles, one meal at a time! Professional growth and career enrichment are vital to building a nutrition staff that is prepared to meet the changing needs of our program. All employees recieve ongoing training and professional development opportunities. Opportunity for career advancement is available to employees who successfully complete our School Nutrition Leadership Academy.

The application process is simple. Applicants complete their prescreening conference, new staff orientation training, fingerprinting, drug screening, and a pre-employment physical all at one location.

How to Apply


The School Nutrition Department is located at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 5204 US 98 South, Lakeland, FL 33813.   

Phone Number: 863-647-4804

Name: Title: Extension
Sara Dunn

Support Specialist

Employment Opportunites /

Applicant Information

ext. 1
Jenna Kaczmarski Director of School Nutrition ext. 2
Katie Taylor School Nutrition Senior Coordinator ext. 3
Tammy Hinks Support Specialist ext. 4
Michele Bramble

Support Specialist

Free/Reduced Meal Applications

Summer Meals

ext. 5
Astrid Noad North Central Area Supervisor ext. 6
Sandra Reyes

School Nutrition Analyst /

North East Area Supervisor

Diet Modifications

ext. 7
TBA West Area Supervisor ext. 8
Dalne Kennedy Southeast Area Supervisor ext. 9
Terrie Tisko Apple Bistro Manager 534-0580
Fax School Nutrition Department 647-4067

Visit our Staff Directory to contact any staff member via e-mail.

Non-Discrimination Statement

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”