School Cafeterias Nationwide Celebrate “School Lunch Across the USA”

October 21, 2013 – Last week was National School Lunch Week (NSLW). In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap:

Schools nationwide celebrated NSLW from October 14-18 with the theme “School Lunch Across the USA.” The 2013 theme encouraged school districts to celebrate regional food, flavors and traditions from the various parts of the USA. Many schools served up special menus, decorated the cafeteria and invited special guests to come eat lunch.

The staff at Grand Forks Public Schools in N.D. used a map to educate students about where food comes from

If you celebrated, please send in a description and photos of your National School Lunch Week activities to School Nutrition magazine - highlights from your celebration may appear in the magazine’s wrap-up article next April!

Send them by e-mail to or by mail to NSLW Wrap, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools in Ohio invited parents to come in for lunch

[Note: Submission of photos grants permission to use the images in the magazine or other SNA materials.]

The 2013 NSLW theme and resources are made possible by McCormick for Chefs and MilkPEP. Mark your calendars – NSLW 2014 is scheduled for October 13-17.

Keep the Excitement Alive
NSLW brings a unique opportunity to engage your staff & students, ignite your marketing, and grab the attention of local media. It may be over, but you can keep up your marketing and PR efforts all year long with free tools from SNA:

  • PR Resources – toolkit, videos, talking points, activity sheets, handouts and more. This page has everything you need to spread the word to parents, media, and the community that school meals are healthy.
  • National School Breakfast Week 2014 – celebrate school breakfast March 3-7, 2014. SNA provides plenty of free marketing and PR tools to help you get the word out.
  • School Lunch Hero Day – May 2, 2014, is School Lunch Hero Day! This special holiday was created to honor the women and men working in school cafeterias.
  • Summer Feeding Toolkit – Download the Summer Feeding Toolkit for tips and ideas to grow your summer feeding program. You can also access media relations and marketing tools to spread the word about the availability of summer meals.

‘Georgia Day’ lunch at Glynn County Schools – Cheesy Chili Smashed Potato Bowl with sweet Georgia peaches, a whole wheat roll, and milk!

Students celebrate the “Across the USA” theme at Harlan Elementary in Ala.

Healthy NSLW trays with fresh fruits and veggies from Anne Arundel County Schools in Md.

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