Food and Nutrition Services

Food and Nutrition Services include:

  • Breakfast, lunch and after-school wellness as a participant in the USDA National School Meal Program.
  • The Choose My Plate (food pyramid) features zero trans-fats, whole grains and improved fruit and vegetable standards. DJJ does not serve fried foods and has increased fresh items over canned, high-sodium products. 
  • Participation in the USDA Wellness program - healthy after-school snacks during a wellness lesson. 
  • Monitoring all applicable requirements of the federal School Nutrition Program - provision of required menus, use of USDA food commodities, meal counts and reimbursement to DJJ. 
  • Staff training/technical support in food safety, sanitation and clinical care and treatment.
  • Implemented an annual menu rollout meeting for food services staff with food demonstrations, taste tests and a recipe review. 


Lauren Gean, RD, LD, SNS

Director, Office of Nutrition and Food Services

Office: 404-508-6699
Email:  laurengean@djj.state.ga.us


If you have any ideas for wellness events, please email them to the Registered Dietitian at jessika.anderson@djj.state.ga.us.


DJJ is Hiring Food Service Workers: Make a Difference in the Lives of Georgia's Youth


Summer Food Rocks! 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out. To find USDA-approved meal sites in your neighborhood, where children and teens age 18 and younger receive free meals in a safe and supervised environment, visit: https://www.summerfoodrocks.org/#