CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg spent Wednesday morning weighing-in on next school year's lunch menu at a special tailgate at Bank of America Stadium.
The annual food show encourages kids to rank food on surveys from very good to bad. Vendors from across the area put about 250 foods on display.
Middle and high school students from across CMS are encouraged to sample the foods.
About 10 items students rated highly last year are on this year's school lunch menu. CMS officials say the food show is beneficial for both those planning the menu and the students.
"Children's taste pallets are much different from adults. What we may like, they don't like. They like spicier, hotter, trendier foods. So, we have to get their opinion, because they're our customer," said Amy Harkey of CMS.
Eighth grader Elizabeth Bridges agrees.
"Kids should be about to eat things at school and enjoy it, rather than dread eating lunch," Elizabeth expressed.
All of the food is pre-screened to make sure they meet USDA nutritional requirements.