As many Metro Atlanta students returned to school on Tuesday, they discovered a lot of “good tasting” attention placed on their meals.
It’s all part of National School Lunch Week, October 14-18. This year’s theme, “School Lunch Across the USA’.
Fulton County Schools’ cafeterias join others across the state and country celebrating with events and activities that promote the benefits of healthy school lunches. Over the next couple of weeks, the Fulton classroom with the highest lunch participation in each elementary school will win a classroom prize pack. Middle and high school students will receive a raffle ticket each day they join the cafeteria for school lunch and earn a chance to win prizes.
Fulton County Schools serve more than 7.5 million meals to children throughout the school year. Under the federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP), nutritionally balanced, healthy meals are provided to students. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for more than 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards by:
- Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day;
- 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.
Alyssia Wright, Fulton executive director of School Nutrition says, “We are also leading the way with better nutrition for all students at affordable prices in support of student achievement.” Wright also says, “Fulton County school lunches are healthier than ever before with even more whole grains and more offerings of dark green, red and orange vegetables. We serve only fat-free or 1% milk and foods with zero trans fats.”
For more information about healthy menus and online options to prepay for meals with Fulton County schools visit: www.fultonschools.org/dept/schoolnutrition.
More than 32 million children eat school lunch every day across the USA.