School Food and Wellness Council

The mission of School Food and Wellness Council is to create a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices, promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement, and comply with federal mandates regulating food and nutrition.  

The School Food and Wellness Council develops, implements, revises and evaluates the district's food and wellness policy. The United States Department of Agriculture requires that schools districts participating in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program have a school wellness policy addressing the school environment. The United States Department of Agriculture also requires the district to have a wellness council including members such as health and physical education teachers, administration, students, parents, food services and community organization. The Manchester School District Food and Wellness Council consists of the USDA required members and also members from organizations such as the Manchester Health Department, Catholic Medical Center, UNH Cooperative Extension,  Women's Infants and Children (WIC) and a state physical activity coordinator. Meetings are the scheduled monthly from 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM. Please contact Sue Sheehy at or Jim Connors at if you are interested in participating.

The council works on other nutrition and physical activity promotions and initiatives including a four week nutrition and physical activity journal program, collaborative programs with local sports teams, health speakers for school staff and wellness council members, evaluation of school health curriculum, resources for health curriculum, physical activity pilots and Healthier US Schools Challenge award applications.

The council reports to the Superintendent of Schools. The superintendent will communicate information about the Food and Wellness Policy Council to the school board as deemed necessary. 

See attached minutes from the most recent meetings and meeting dates.