2023 National School Lunch Week

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  • What Is NSLW?

    Learning is hard work—and kids need fuel to learn! That’s why a healthy midday meal is crucial for the growing children. Since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW), this annual observance has promoted the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has both in and out of the classroom. This years NSLW will be from October 9th - 13th!

    2023 Theme

    Many kids enjoy video games, and NSLW23’s theme takes full advantage of that. It’s easy to make a link between nutritious foods and video games, too! In so many video games, when a character is low on energy or health, what do they do? They power up by finding food items (Remember, it’s the mushrooms that make Mario grow big and strong!)

    The Importance of School Lunch

    Even though National School Lunch Week was declared in 1962, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) goes back even further, back to 1946. Created to provide nutritious meals for children from low-income families who might not otherwise have access to a daily meal, NSLP ensures the health and well-being of all public school students, boosts academic performance by giving students the fuel they need to succeed, and closes the opportunity gap for children across the country. Today, the National School Lunch Program serves nearly 30 million children every school day. Not only does it reduce childhood hunger, but it also supports American agriculture.

    What NSLW Aims to Do

    Despite the critical role NSLP plays in the health and success of American youth, many people still don’t understand its importance—including some families who could benefit from it! During the weeklong celebration, held annually during the second full week of October, SNA members and their students will celebrate with special menus, events, activities, and much more, all with the goal of…

    • Increasing student participation.
    • Spreading the message to parents that you’re serving a healthy, delicious lunch at school.
    • Earning media coverage from local papers, TV stations and bloggers.
    • Connecting with teachers and administrators at your school or in your district to spread the word that school meals are healthy and delicious.
  • 2023 NSLW Participating Schools