More than 32 million children eat school lunch everyday across the USA. To celebrate the healthy lunch choices in Pulaski County, schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week, Oct. 14-18. The theme, “School Lunch Across the USA” celebrates with all the states promoting the benefits of healthy school lunches.
The campaign will put a spotlight on healthy foods and positive changes that Pulaski County schools have incorporated into their menus. The school nutrition staff will decorate the serving lines and invite guests to have lunch in the school cafeteria.
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 by ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods; offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; limiting calories based on the age of children being served; and reducing amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
National School Lunch Week is a good time to visit a school cafeteria. Our schools prepare meals according to the number of students that normally participate. If you do plan on visiting, please contact the cafeteria manager at the school. The adult lunch meal price is $2.50.