DATE: October 9, 2017
Vero Beach, FL – October 9, 2017 – The School District of Indian River County will recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves daily during National School Lunch Week from October 9-13, 2017. The theme, “Recipes for Success,” will emphasize the healthy entrees, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk offered every day.
“Many of our lunches are made from scratch with less fat and sodium and more fresh produce and herbs,” said Patrick McCarty, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. ‘National School Lunch Week’ helps us educate parents and students about the benefits of our lunch program and the appealing choices we offer.”
Middle and High School students will be able to sample the new Citrus Chicken Taco, an award-winning recipe from the Florida Student Chef Cook Off, along with the newly developed Buffalo Chicken Pasta. Kiwis and plums will be available for elementary students to taste. All the kitchens will be decorated to showcase healthy eating, while students will have an opportunity to play games and win prizes.
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 “Recipes for Success” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtag #NSLW17. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit www.indianriverschools.org (Food and Nutrition Services Department) and https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.