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Charlottesville City Schools strives to serve fresh, local, healthy, and tasty meals to our students, supplying breakfast and lunch as well as a snack for our after-school programs. When possible, we purchase local foods and cook from “scratch” to minimize salt, sugar, and fat.  We also provide options such as custom salads to make sure that our vegetarian and vegan students have good choices. Free and reduced-price meals ensure that all students have access to fresh, healthy food. 

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Community Partners

We partner with groups such as the Local Food Hub for purchasing, the City Schoolyard Garden and the PB&J Fund for education, and Black Bear Composting for composting our students’ lunch scraps.  To minimize waste, we also offer a “sharing table” at our schools so that students can share untouched items such as unopened milk or whole fruit.

We work with the School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) to enact policies and programs that support the health and well-being of students, families, and staff.  The division’s  Wellness Policy JHCF also supports healthy choices.

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