To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Douglas County schools will recognize National School Lunch Week October 11-13, 2017. October 9 and 10 are holidays for students. The theme, “School Lunch Recipes for Success,” is all about sharing favorite recipes of the past.
National School Lunch Week will emphasize healthy foods with an option to eat a “blast from the past” to give students a taste of items that they remember from home and the old school cafeteria. Schools will celebrate by decorating cafeteria bulletin boards with old fashioned recipes they love. The students will be engaged with crossword puzzles, search and finds, and drawings for prizes. Some featured school lunch favorites are lasagna and old fashioned desserts.
“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium. Students enjoy home style choices like spaghetti, chicken teriyaki, turkey tetrazzini, and baked chicken. Yet, their all-time favorites are nachos, breakfast for lunch, several sandwich and salad options,” said Danielle Scott-Freeman, School Nutrition Executive Director for the Douglas County School System. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.”
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.
The “School Lunch Recipe for Success” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can be part of the fun. For more information about schools meals, visit http://www.douglas.k12.ga.us/ or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Douglas-County-School-Nutrition/ or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.