Child Nutrition Services
Back to School. More cafeteria options available!

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will serve up a new year of fresh meals to provide students with the nutrition they need and encourage the development of healthy eating habits.

The CMS meals offer a range of options – farm-to-school produce, whole grains and lean proteins – and comply with nutrition regulations set by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The district serves 40,000 breakfasts and 94,000 lunches each day, as well as 5,000 after-school snacks (and 3,000 suppers at qualifying sites).

New items added for the 2017-2018 school year include banana bread at breakfast and fresh melon, spinach side salads and pork street tacos at lunch. Vegetarian and vegan items also are available. Meal prices are $2 for pre-kindergarten students, $2.25 for kindergarten through eighth grade and $2.50 for grades nine through 12. For information on cafeteria menus, click here.

Families can take advantage of a number of resources to ensure students receive meals throughout the school year. All students at all CMS schools can be served a complete breakfast free of charge. A complete breakfast is a minimum of one serving of fruit or juice and two additional items.

"In support of the learning that goes on in the classroom, we began several years ago providing breakfast at no charge to all students," said Catherine Beam, executive director of Child Nutrition Services. "We continue that commitment to our students."

CMS also participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the National School Lunch Program. At 86 schools, all students qualify automatically for free breakfast and lunch. To see the list of CEP schools, click here.

Parents who need payment assistance for students attending non-CEP schools can apply for free or reduced-price meals here. An application is required even if there are other students in the household who attend a CEP school.

The district is seeking part-time cafeteria workers. Paid training is provided. For application information, click here. For more information about Child Nutrition Services, click here.