Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools celebrated the addition of 3,600 square feet of new cooler space at the Craig Avenue warehouse facility with a ribbon-cutting Jan. 31. The new space will provide much-needed relief to the existing cold storage space and allow the School Nutrition department the capacity to offer more N.C. Farm to School fruit and vegetable options for students.
The warehouse, built in 1965, has served the district and School Nutrition well over the years. With the growth of CMS enrollment, the addition of more district meal programs and the desire to increase CMS participation in the N.C. Farm to School Program, additional cooler space at this facility was needed.
The N.C. Farm to School program, operated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Distribution and Marketing Divisions, provides a pathway for school districts to buy produce from North Carolina farmers.
Available products now include strawberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, several varieties of apples, slicing and grape tomatoes, sweet potatoes, green cabbage, broccoli, apple slices, kale, collards, peaches, Asian pears, romaine, honeydew melon, blueberries and more that are grown on North Carolina farms.