National School Lunch Week 2021
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nearly 30 million children every school day. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom.
During this annual weeklong celebration, SNA members and students around the country will celebrate in their cafeterias, schools and districts with special menus, events, student activities and more.
The 2021 NSLW theme WILD About School Lunch invites creative and fun new menu items while appealing to the universal popularity of animals and nature to appeal to students in all grade levels.
Why do we celebrate NSLW?
To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving nearly 30 million children each day, Moses Lake schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 11-15, 2021. The fun and creative campaign theme, “WILD About School Lunch” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom.
Recent research shows children are getting their healthiest meals at school. National School Lunch Week will highlight the nutritious foods available daily at our schools. “School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, and sodium,” said Mel Lopez, Director of Food Services. “Thanks to pandemic waivers, school meals are free for all students this school year, so it’s a great time to give school lunch a try. National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the wonderful benefits of our lunch program.”