School Lunch - What's Cooking?



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School Lunch - What's Cooking?  


National School Lunch Week Campaign Spotlights Healthy Foods, Positive Changes in School Cafeterias

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (October 10, 2012) – In celebration of National School Lunch Week (October 15-19), school cafeterias nationwide will host the “School Lunch – What’s Cooking?” campaign to highlight the healthy foods and positive changes on school lunch menus.

School cafeterias have been cooking up student taste tests and farm to school programs, chef-inspired recipes and nutrition education initiatives, all designed to inspire students to try the healthier choices available with school lunch. To celebrate, many schools will host special events with fun activities for students and provide take-home sheets to inform parents about the new federal nutrition standards for school meals which require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less sodium and unhealthy fat on student lunch trays.

Schools are getting parents in on the fun too. Many are participating in “Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” inviting parents to visit the cafeteria, celebrate what’s great about school lunch, and learn how to get involved in promoting healthier choices for students.  Reporters interested in learning about events planned across the country should contact Diane Pratt-Heavner at

To raise awareness of the importance of the National School Lunch Program, serving over 31 million of America’s students each day, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools recognize National School Lunch Week with an official campaign theme, suggested menus and recipes, promotional resources and more.  

This year’s “School Lunch – What’s Cooking?” campaign is sponsored by SNA and the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP) to highlight all the components of well-balanced school meals.  SNA has also released a new Public Service Announcement, “Today’s School Lunch,” available at:

About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information, visit



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