6000 - Support Services

6220 Operation Of Student Food Services

All schools will participate in the National Child Nutrition Program and a school breakfast program and will receive commodities donated by the United States Department of Agriculture. All federal and state revenues will be accepted and applied to maximize the use of such funds for the purposes of providing nutritional meals to students at the lowest possible price.

The student food services program will be operated in a manner consistent with board goals and board policy. The program also will be operated in compliance with all applicable state and federal law, including requirements of the National School Lunch Program and all federal guidelines established by the Child Nutrition Division of the United States Department of Agriculture. Specific legal requirements that must be met include, but are not limited to, the following.

1. No child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin or disability.

2. The student food services program will meet safety and sanitation requirements established in local, state and federal rules and guidelines for school food service programs.

3. Menu preparation and purchasing will be consistent with established state and federal guidelines for programs that receive special revenue funds.

4. Banking, record keeping, budgeting and accounting will be conducted in accordance with generally accepted practices and procedures, as dictated by the School Budget and Fiscal Control Act and in accordance with state and federal guidelines.

5. Commodity foods donated by the United States Department of Agriculture will be used and accounted for in accordance with federal regulations.

6. Preference will be given in purchasing contracts to high-calcium foods and beverages, as defined in G.S. 115C-264.1.

7. Contracts involving the sale of juice or bottled water will be competitively bid separately from each other and from any other contract as required by G.S. 143-64.


The board will ensure that all school food services are operated on a non-profit basis for the benefit of the Child Nutrition Program (CNP). School food services are those that are operated from 12:01 a.m. until the end of the last established lunch period. The CNP retains income from the sale of all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day until the last student is served lunch. This income must be deposited into the CNP account and may be used only for the purposes of the CNP.

Pursuant to federal law and State Board of Education Policy, the CNP may not sell foods of minimal nutritional value, and all profits from “competitive food sales” must be used for the school’s non-profit lunch and breakfast programs. See policy 6230, Nutritional Standards for Food Selection.


All funds generated from supplemental food sales must either be deposited in the school account or be used for school food services. Supplemental food sales include the sale of competitive foods.

The superintendent or designee shall establish procedures as appropriate to help ensure compliance with board policy and legal requirements.

Legal References:
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.; National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq., 7 C.F.R. pt. 210; G.S. 143-64; 115C-47(7), -47(22), -263, -264, -264.1, -426, -450, -522; 16 N.C.A.C. 6H .0104; State Board of Education Policy TCS-S-000
Cross References:
Goals of Student Food Services (policy 6200), Nutritional Standards for Food Selection (policy 6230), Beverage Vending Sales (policy 6235), Goals of the Purchasing Function (policy 6400)
Monday, 09 January 2012
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