Child Nutrition Services
Breakfast and Lunch Programs 

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The Breakfast Program

Breakfast is offered daily in all schools before the start of the school day. Students may select from a variety of hot breakfast items or cereals, fruit or juice, and milk to make a complete nutritious breakfast. A healthy school breakfast is a great way to begin a day of learning.


The Grab & Go Breakfast Program

This program provides quick healthy meals for students while in the classroom. It is available in select schools.

The Lunch Program

Students may select items from each of the following five meal components: 1) meat/meat alternate, 2) grain, 3) vegetable/side, 4) fruit and 5) milk. Students must take an item from at least three of the five groups to make a complete school lunch, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable.

By offering a variety of nutritious choices, students can select a meal made up of foods they enjoy. The menus follow the Enhanced-Food Based Guidelines established by the USDA and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which assure breakfast meets one-fourth and lunch meets one-third of the daily recommended intake of calories, fat, proteins, vitamins and minerals for students.

Child Nutrition provides meatless meals for students as an option to dietary or lifestyle choices. Each week the menu offers a minimum of 15 meatless entrée choices with at least two meatless entrées offered daily.

Students are not required to select an entrée choice with their meal. Students may choose up to two vegetable servings, one fruit serving (high school students may choose two fruit servings), one bread serving and milk. At a minimum, students must select three items with at least one selection being a fruit or vegetable.

All Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools' meals meet the USDA guidance for low saturated fat, cholesterol, zero added trans fats, whole grains, high fiber and reduced sodium.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.