The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Division of the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) plans to celebrate the National School Lunch Week (NSWL) at all 41 GDOE schools from Monday, October 11 to October 15.
This year’s theme is “Wild About School Lunch” and highlights the importance of healthy school lunches to student success both inside and outside the classroom.
Through the National School Lunch Program, 30 million children are served each day. Recent research shows children are getting their healthiest meals at school. National School Lunch Week will highlight the nutritious foods available daily at GDOE’s schools through fun and creative activities.
School activities include:
= creating NSLW posters,
= researching the nutritional value of their school lunches,
= campaigning on social media, decorating school cafeterias, and
= celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the School Nutrition Association through various activities in the classroom setting.
“School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, and sodium,” said Superintendent Jon Fernandez. “Pandemic waivers provide an opportunity for all GDOE students to enjoy school meals at no cost, so it is a great time to give school lunch a try. National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the wonderful benefits of our lunch program.”
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has been fueling students for success for 75 years. Although the Food and Nutrition Division is operating the Summer Seamless Option (SSO), GDOE is celebrating NSLW under the NSLP umbrella.
The “WILD About School Lunch” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW21, #WILDSchoolLunch, and #SchoolLunch. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit www.gdoe.net and https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.