School Nutrition Services
What's New?

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

New items added for the 2019-2020 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 $2.50 for pre-kindergarten students, $2.75 for kindergarten through eighth grade and $3.00 for grades nine through twelve. For information on cafeteria menus go to or download the "NutriSlice" App from your mobile device Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Universal Free Breakfast

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 School Nutrition Services. "We continue that commitment to our students."

National School Lunch Program

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, download the CEP National School Breakfast and Lunch Program List.

Payment Assistance

Parents who need payment assistance for students attending non-CEP schools can apply for free or reduced-price meals may find more information on the "Apply For Free or Reduced Meals" webpage. An application is required even if there are other students in the household who attend a CEP school.

Cafeteria Employees Needed

The district is seeking part-time cafeteria workers. Paid training is provided. For application information, visit the CMS Careers website.

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