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National School Lunch Week


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National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is an annual celebration that began in 1962 as a way to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life. During this weeklong celebration, sponsors celebrate in their cafeterias, schools, and districts with events and activities designed to promote and celebrate the benefits of the National School Lunch Program. This year NSLW is October 14–18, 2019.

Participating in the NSLW is a great way to spread the message to parents that you’re serving healthy, delicious lunches and to increase student participation.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) makes it easy to participate by providing tools and resources, including social media tips, to help you promote your program to students, parents, and the local community. This year’s SNA NSLW theme, School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist? is designed to spotlight the wide variety of flavors, dishes, delivery options, and tastes that can be customized in today’s school lunch. Visit the SNA NSLW web page to access the Toolkit and the Artwork.

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Looking for ideas to celebrate NSLW? Below is a list of activities you might consider trying:

Special menu
Banner in the cafeteria
Decorate the lunch lines
Signage, flyers, and music in the lunch room
Coloring contest, lucky tray contest, and games in the lunchroom
Vote for favorite cafeteria employee and celebrate staff
Students featured on web site state what they love about school lunch
Site administrators serve the students
District staff members join the students for lunch
Farm truck and health fair
Food day with local farmers and chefs

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Here are additional ideas to make this NSLW the best one yet!

Connect with the other Louisiana Child Nutrition Professionals by following our Twitter Profile and our Facebook Page.

Plan your events and make sure to have a marketing strategy to spread the word. If you are on social media, use the hashtags #NSLW19 and #SchoolLunch. And do not forget to tag us @LAFitKids so that we can celebrate with you!

Engage with parents and students so they can follow the fun via social media too!

Feel free to Send Your Stories and Photos to Louisiana Fit Kids. We are always happy to showcase the hard work and creativity of the terrific programs in our state!

Start planning now to make your celebration a big hit for students in the cafeteria.