What is NSLW?
Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. SNA members celebrate in their cafeterias every year with decorations, special menus, events, and more.
The NSLW 2016 theme, “Show Your Spirit,” is about getting excited about the benefits of students consuming wholesome, healthy school lunches—fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, milk, and smiling students. It provides a great opportunity for SNA members to capitalize on using social media to promote your program to parents and students, too!
Why should I participate?
Recognizing NSLW in your district or in your cafeteria helps you:
- Increase student participation for your program
- Spread the message to parents that you’re serving healthy and tasty lunch at school
- Earn media coverage from local papers, blogs, and TV stations
- Connect with teachers and administrators at your school or in your district to spread the word that school meals are healthy
When is it? What if the timing doesn’t work for me?
NSLW 2016 is officially scheduled for October 10-14 by an act of Congress.
However, if you have a student holiday or teacher work day during that week, and the timing doesn’t work, you can still celebrate anytime! The week before… the week after… it’s up to you.