About NSLW

President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962. During this annual weeklong celebration, SNA members and students around the country celebrate in their cafeterias with decorations, special menus, events, and more.

The 2017 NSLW theme is “School Lunch: Recipes for Success”, and it’s all about showing off the secrets to your school lunch success in your schools and districts—fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and of course, our students. The National School Lunch Program serves more than 30 million children every school day—that’s something to smile about!

Capitalize on NSLW with our tools and resources, including social media tips to help you promote your program to parents and students!

Why participate in NSLW?

Recognizing NSLW in your district or your cafeteria helps you:

  • Increase student participation
  • Spread the message to parents that you’re serving healthy, delicious lunch at school
  • Earn 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

What if the timing doesn’t work for us?

NSLW 2017 is scheduled for October 9-13 by an act of Congress, but if you have a student holiday or teacher work day during that week you can celebrate anytime! The week before, or the week after—it’s up to you!

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