Celebrate National School Lunch Week!

the schoo lunch just got healthierNational School Lunch Week 2014 celebrates the benefits of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the largest federal child nutrition program. The NSLP provides nutritionally balanced low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Truman in 1948.

But as President Obama declared in a 2011 proclamation on National School Lunch Week:

Despite our successes, too many American children go without proper nutrition. One third of children in our country are overweight or obese, and without a major change, one third of children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes during their lifetime.

Schools are central to improving child health, as children who eat both school breakfast and lunch may consume more than half their daily calories at school.”

What You Can Do

orange arrowTweet your support of healthy school meals during National School Lunch Week!

Sample Tweets:

Give it up for Celebrate National School Lunch Week!! Every child, every day deserves meals to get them through the day!!
Celebrate National School Lunch Week!! Share how school meals help kids achieve in and out of the classroom!!
Celebrate National School Lunch Week!! Look up how school meals help with child nutrition and health!!
Celebrate National School Lunch Week!! Look up how school meals help address childhood hunger!!

orange arrow Support Just Harvest’s efforts to expand access to school meals throughout Allegheny County.

The Community Eligibility Provision is a new federally-funded mechanism to help make free school meals easily accessible to all children in low-income areas. Learn more here about the provision or check out the sidebar for more info.

orange arrow Learn how to make a quick and healthy lunch for kids.

Watch the video below. You can get other tips on healthy eating at choosemyplate.gov.

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