Offering well-prepared, healthy food that nourishes the young learner is a cornerstone of our educational environment. Our award-winning Nutrition program is teaching by example, everyday, by serving up homemade meals rich with nutrients, that look, smell, and taste delicious. 


We incorporate ingredients from local farms, when available, and encourage our students to do the same in their households. We often engage students in garden-based learning, using the garden as an outdoor classroom to study both ecosystems and nutrition.


For providing an environment rich with healthy eating and physical activity, we were recently honored with this title from the Healthier Schools US Challenge. See more of the awards and accolades given to our school nutrition program below.


We educate our students to "Eat a Rainbow", choosing colorful foods from all food groups to make a healthy plate. This yummy TLC! meal features baked chicken, sauteed greens with garlic, and mashed butternut squash.


Every TLC! student has the opportunity to fuel up with a free breakfast before heading to class. Our Early Bird Breakfast program has seen the amount of students attending breakfast increase by almost 40 percent!


For providing an environment rich with healthy eating and physical activity, we were recently honored with this title from the Healthier Schools US Challenge. See more of the awards and accolades given to our school nutrition program below.


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We are pleased to be able to offer Students free breakfast and Lunches every day!

Thanks to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, we've joined 18,000 schools across the nation in receiving federal grant money for this program. Good nutrition just keeps growing at The Learning Center!


Some students require special diets for their individual needs, and we are happy to provide those daily in our Dining Commons.

Please see the Policies & Forms page of this site to find the forms that let us know what your student needs.

Because we believe it to be essential that every child start their school day with a healthy meal, every TLC! student is  provided a FREE breakfast, every morning that school is in session. 


All you have to do is show up in the Dining Commons between 7:15 and 7:40 and there will be hot and cold breakfast options available to fuel a great school day.

Nutrition Staff



Awarded by the Healthier US School Challenge 

This award recognizes those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments  through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.


​2013 -  ​BEST PRACTICE AWARD - School Breakfast Program Awarded by the USDA - Southeast Region 

This award recognizes excellent examples of best practices within the Child Nutrition Programs. TLC! was recognized for implementing the Early Bird Breakfast program, providing free breakfast to all students. 



Awarded by No Kid Hungry / Share Our Strength 

TLC! became the first charter school in NC to be presented a child nutrition award at the North Carolina Annual Conference for School Nutrition Administrators.



Highest level awarded by NC DPI 

Awarded to the Child Nutrition staff, the purpose of the award is to foster high standards of excellence across the state and to honor those school cafeterias that maintain high standards.  This award has been renamed in recent years to Golden Key Achievement Award.

Child Nutrition Director

Robyn Dyre

Child Nutrition Assistant

Cindy Harmon

Child Nutrition Support

Chad Johnson

Child Nutrition Support

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In our ongoing effort to ensure that every child has all the nutritious meals they deserve, we offer students a bag lunch to take home on any regularly-scheduled half day of school. 


During morning check-in, sign up for hot lunch in the

same way you would on a full day. Students can

pick up their lunch before leaving campus.



Our comprehensive school wellness plan outlines goals in the areas of nutrition education, healthy school meals and other campus foods and physical activity.


Specific goals are set each year by the school wellness team, and the plan itself is regularly revised.

Want to join the Wellness Committee? Email


We know that while our school lunches are a healthy option, they are not the only healthy option, and that for various reasons, your child may opt to bring lunch from home.


For nutritious ideas, see the guide compiled by our Nutrition Team.


All educational entities participating in the National School Lunch Program are required to establish local school wellness policies. The wellness policies must be assessed at least every three years. 


Click below to read our most recent Triennial Wellness Assessment. 


Please note that the average comprehensive scores are generally 54 and the average strength score is 33.  These scores are not to be interpreted like a letter grade.  

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