10 Healthiest School Lunch Plans


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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district consistently keeps things healthy for its students. Vegetarian choices appear on the menu daily, including entrees like black-eyed peas with rice or spaghetti with marinara sauce. Whole-grain rolls round out the meal.

A variety of fresh fruits and vegetable options tempt students as well. A sampling includes fresh squash with onions, apples or tossed salads. The district offers nutrition education on each month's menu, as well as displaying banners in the cafeteria extolling the virtues of healthful eating.

The district puts nutrition education into action with gardens in several of the schools. Not only do the students help maintain the school gardens, but they are also encouraged to take home some of the crops.