Champaign Schools to Celebrate National School Lunch Week

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 9:49am

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Champaign Unit 4 School District schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 12-October 16, 2015. The theme, “School Lunch Snapshot” is all about sharing the best images of today’s school lunches.
 
National School Lunch Week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at Unit 4 Schools. As this is the first year Unit 4 is officially celebrating National School Lunch Week, the primary goal is to increase parent and public awareness about the nutritionally balanced meals that students are receiving in their schools. Unit 4 social media sites will be updated regularly before and during National School Lunch week to promote the District’s participation and showcase the nutritious meals being served each day. There will also be raffles held at each of the elementary schools so that each day students eat lunch served at school, they will get a chance to win a prize. Finally, parents are encouraged to come to the schools and eat lunch with their children. The prices for adults are $3.30 for a meal and $0.50 for milk.
 
“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Mary Davis, Food Service Director. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.”

Next week, Carrie Busey Elementary School students will be enjoying fresh carrots and sweet potatoes grown in their school garden as part of their healthy school lunch. 

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program 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 meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.
 
Unit 4 has adopted the “offer versus serve” method of meal service, meaning that students must choose at least 3 of the 5 food components of a meal (fruit, vegetable, grain, milk, and meat or meat alternate), and one of the components must be a fruit or vegetable. If a student would like a full meal that includes all 5 components, they are welcome to do so.
 
The “School Lunch Snapshot” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun via the hashtag #NSLW. For more information about school meals, visit:
http://www.champaignschools.org/pages/food-service/welcome
or
www.schoolnutrition.org/schoolmeals

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