Fulton County Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week
Fulton County Schools will recognize the National School Lunch Program by celebrating National School Lunch Week (NSLW) from October 11-15, 2021. The 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. Throughout the week, district cafés will have special guest servers, giveaways, free samples on “Try-Day Friday” and a chance to win the grand prize at the end of the week.
Recent research on dietary trends from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals children are getting their healthiest meals at school. Each year, nearly 7.6 million school lunches are prepared for more than 91,000 Fulton students. The district’s Nutrition department works diligently to create wholesome, well-rounded menus to meet students’ nutritional needs.
“School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium,” said Executive Director of FCS’ School Nutrition Program Alyssia Wright. “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.”
The National School Lunch Program is a federally-assisted program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving nearly 30 million children each day and has been fueling students for success for 75 years. Parents can view their school’s menus on the FCS Nutrition website which lists each food item’s dietary content. The “WILD About School Lunch” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit organization School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s. Parents and students can follow the fun on social media using the hashtags #NSLW21, #WILDSchoolLunch and #SchoolLunch. For more information about FSC Nutrition, visit www.fcsnutrition.com.