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Local Wellness Policies

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is committed to providing school environments that promote a positive culture of health and wellness and protect the health and well-being of students and staff, and to practices that reduce childhood obesity and enhance students’ ability to learn by supporting healthy eating, physical activity, a tobacco and drug-free culture and the development of life long physical and mental wellness practices.

Here are the goals CMS has adopted:

Student Wellness Policy - Student Wellness Code: JL
Student Wellness Policy - Regulation Code: JL-R

School Health Advisory Council

The CMS School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) meets quarterly to share information and to increase awareness of CMS programs and policies that address the health and well-being of students, staff, and families. Its members include school administrators and staff from a range of CMS departments, and from the Mecklenburg County Health Department, as well as parents and other community representatives.  Minutes from the meetings are posted below:


N.C. Nutrition Standards

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students return to school this fall, they will find healthy choices in their school cafeterias.

We will be serving school meals that meet tough new federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.

School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, and proteins and grains. They must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size.

School lunches meet additional standards requiring:
  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
  • A wider variety of vegetables (including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes)
  • Fat-free or 1% milk
  • More whole grains
  • Less sodium
We are always working to offer Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students healthier and tastier choices.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1)      mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.


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P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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