Ocala, FL - To showcase the National School Lunch Program, which serves nearly 30 million children each day including more than 27,000 locally, Marion County Public Schools celebrates National School Lunch Week this week, Oct. 11-15.
This year’s theme, “Wild About School Lunch!” puts the spotlight on the importance of a healthy school lunch in a student’s life. Menu items include some local student favorites like Boneless Wings, Chicken Teriyaki Bowl, and Big Daddy’s Pizza.
So far this school year, local cafeteria workers have served 1,717,342 meals including 1,043,616 lunches.
The annual campaign highlights the nutritious foods available daily in Marion County Public Schools’ cafeterias. Students participating in the lunch program will have opportunities to win prizes throughout the week including gift cards.
School lunches offer fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk all meeting federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium. National School Lunch Week helps school districts educate parents and students about the positive benefits of the lunch program.
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) started in 1946 under President Harry Truman and has fueled students for success for 75 years.
The “Wild About School Lunch” campaign is made possible by the non-profit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can visit Marion County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services website at www.marionschools.net/Domain/14546 and have fun using these hashtags on social media: #WildAboutSchoolLunch and #SchoolLunch.