What Is NSLW?

Learning is tough work—and kids need fuel if they’re going to learn! That’s why a healthy midday meal is crucial to the growing children who go to school. Since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW), this annual observance has promoted the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has both in and out of the classroom.

The Importance of School Lunch

Even though National School Lunch Week was declared in 1962, the National School Lunch Program goes back even further, back to 1946. Created to provide nutritious meals to children from low-income families who might not otherwise have access to a daily meal, NSLP ensures the health and well-being of all public school students, boosts academic performance by giving students the fuel they need to succeed, and closes the opportunity gap for children across the country. Today, the National School Lunch Program serves nearly 30 million children every school day. Not only does it reduce childhood hunger, but it also supports American agriculture.

What NSLW Aims to Do

Despite the critical role NSLP plays in the health and success of American youth, many people still don’t understand its importance—including some families who could benefit from it! During the weeklong celebration, held annually during the second full week of October, SNA members and their students will celebrate with special menus, events, activities, and much more, all with the goal of…

  • Increasing student participation.
  • Spreading the message to parents that you’re serving healthy, delicious lunch at school.
  • Earning media coverage from local papers, TV stations and bloggers.
  • Connecting with teachers and administrators at your school or in your district to spread the word that school meals are healthy and delicious.