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Louisiana to Honor the School Lunch Heroes

3/29/2022

School Lunch Hero Day 2022 Graphic

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 6, 2022

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Louisiana nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Louisiana schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 6. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by the School Nutrition Association and Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the "Lunch Lady" graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America's students each school day.

School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes. Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats. The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.

Ways to Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day:

Announce School Lunch Hero Day (May 6, 2022) on the signs in front of the schools. Make sure that the week is featured on the schools' calendars and in newsletters. Don't forget to include the celebration on your menus for the week.
Recognize your employees' achievements during morning announcements.
Make signs, banners or posters to decorate your cafeteria and to promote the work your staff does. Feature photos of the employees and a short description of why they are special. You could also add something to your school or district Facebook page.
Send a thoughtful greeting to make your employee feel special.
Help students send School Lunch Hero Day Thank You Cards.
Promote School Lunch Hero Day on your social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag #LouisianaSchoolLunchHero.

Get the details at the School Lunch Hero Day Website.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 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. To find out more about today's school meals, visit the School Nutrition Association Website.