Enabling healthy outcomes by ensuring every child chooses to have a nutritious meal at school.


NC Partnership for Child Nutrition (NCPCN)  strives for all stakeholders to receive the benefits of a robust school nutrition program. These include students, teachers, administration and CNS staff.


NCPCN strives for every stakeholder to eat breakfast and lunch at school, thus building community through food, fostering protective childhood experiences, and ensuring all students are ready to learn.


NCPCN’s long term goal is to create an environment where every student, teacher and administrator eats lunch at school.  This can only be accomplished by providing a school lunch that meets the expectations of its customers.  NCPCN, as its first action, has commissioned a review of best practices by the Food Insight Group (FIG).  The review will look at successful programs across the country to understand the key processes and plans that are being used to reach success.  FIG will deliver a white paper which will be used to inform NCPCN on potential road maps as it works closely with Public School Systems. NCPCN’s objective is to provide support to child nutrition services departments and to be a focal point to gather information and resources from external entities, partner organizations and the community. 

Why NCPCN? Why Now?

By having a community and parent lead organization with its sole mission centered around student nutrition, NCPCN believes it can enable engaged school systems in North Carolina as well as related partner entities to achieve their organizational goals.  These goals include combating child health concerns, improving student educational outcomes, decreasing childhood hunger, and building resilience. School lunch was first started as a federal program because it was recognized as an effective and cost efficient way of combating societal health issues.  Over the years the program has changed its execution and there has been a reduction in the number of children that eat lunch at school.  This has coincided with broader societal health impacts.  Ultimately the constrained school resources have impacted the overall school lunch experience. 


Nationally there has been a renewed focus on the impact of what an innovative program can bring. This focus, combined with learning and the establishment of a strong commitment to best practices, creates a unique opportunity for North Carolina to create a more impactful and dynamic program, where all children choose to eat at school.  The gained knowledge and success through a pilot program can be done in a way that can be replicable across the state.  This all starts with any systems CNS leadership.  Having a dynamic leader in place, as we do in several systems in the state,  provides this unique opportunity.  NCPCN believes it can meet the current and future need to help support CNS and harness community resources.  This will lead to a renewed commitment to improving and ehancing school offerings, thus encouraging more children to choose to eat lunch at school.  NCPCN believed the societal impacts can be considerable if this is executed in a thoughtful way.

The IRS has recognized NC Partnership for Child Nutrition, Inc. (NCPCN) (EIN: 83-3456892) as a tax-exempt non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.