October 12th, 2011
National School Lunch Week (NSLW) 2011 began on Monday and runs through the end of the week. While it’s not lost on me that NSLW was given a week that kicked off with a school holiday, I’m happy that schools across the country have the opportunity to highlight the benefits of eating healthy lunch food.
This year’s theme “School Lunch—Let’s Grow Healthy” focuses learning on where food comes from. According to the School Nutrition Association, the theme is meant to provide an opportunity to promote locally sourced foods and encourage things like a harvest-of-the-month menu, meeting with local farmers and planning a school garden. The theme also connects with National Farm to School Month which runs through October. Nice, right?!
If your kiddo’s school isn’t doing something for NSLW, maybe you can encourage them to whip something up. And who says that it has to happen by Friday?! Today was the suggested date for Take Your Parent to Lunch Day, but why not plan it for next week or the week after? And the NSLW resources, like this chart of seasonal foods by region and all-you-need toolkit, will be available online for a while. So there’s no excuse for you and your school not to get in on the fun of promoting healthier school lunch.
Not convinced it’s necessary? This powerful infographic, “The Childhood Obesity Epidemic,” created by the folks at Master of Arts in Teaching at USC is packed with statistics and facts that might make you think twice.
So, yea, healthier school lunches are not just a luxury—they are an imperative. And you can help your school take a step towards better lunch food.