About NSLW

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 2015 theme is “School Lunch Snapshot” It’s about sharing the best, real images of today’s school lunch—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?

According to a 2013 survey of SNA members, 73% said recognizing NSLW helps them achieve their goals, and more than 80% say it helps them increase participation.

Recognizing NSLW in your district can help you:

  • Increase student participation for your program
  • Spread the message to parents that you’re serving healthy and tasty meals
  • 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 NSLW? What if the Time Doesn’t Work for Your School/District?

NSLW 2015 is officially scheduled for October 12-16 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.

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