Schools Don’t Let Fall Break Sideline Lunch Week Celebrations

Fulton County Schools in Atlanta (GA) didn’t let their Columbus Day holiday break get in the way of celebrating the importance of National School Lunch Week (NSLW). Even though schools were closed October 9-13, Fulton County honored NSLW October 16-20 with a whole week of exciting events and school meals. Roughly 7.9 million healthy  school lunches are prepared for more than 91,000 Fulton County students each year.

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“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Alyssia Wright, executive director of the district’s School Nutrition Program. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.” Read more…

Menu Planning for More Vegetarian Options in Jefferson County Schools

A brave middle school student presented a need for more vegetarian options to the Jefferson County School Board in Kentucky. The plea, which Nutrition Service Center Manager Dan Ellnor said was “heartfelt and well researched,” made the district take a closer look at vegetarianism as a food service policy. Vegetarian options would not only increase the number of healthy, fresh options, but it would help entice students and staff who wouldn’t otherwise purchase school meals. Read more…

Celebrating National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week provides schools and students the opportunity to learn more about the healthy changes made in the cafeteria. Often celebrated with events, special guests, custom menus and nutrition education activities, the purpose remains to help educate students, parents and communities about the nutritional value of school lunch.

At Ritenour School District in St Louis, MO, new vegetarian entrees were introduced and taste tested by high school students during National School Lunch Week (NSLW). Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Ketchup were sampled along with Sweet Chickpeas with Brown Rice. Read more…