Loudoun County Public Schools to Celebrate National School Lunch Week

 

“Recipes for Success” during #NSLW17

Ashburn, VA – October 3, 2017 – To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Loudoun County Public schools will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 10-13, 2017. The theme, “Recipes for Success” is an opportunity to get the students involved in the school nutrition program both in the cafeteria and in the classroom.

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National School Lunch Week will emphasize the nutritious foods that are offered daily at in Loudoun. Schools across the county are celebrating this week through activities such as poster contests, prizes, giveaways, special lunch servers, local farmer visits and meet and greets with professional athletes. In addition to this, School Nutrition has partnered with gourmet foods classes at John Champe and Freedom High School to implement a project-based learning activity around recipe development in school nutrition.

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“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Stefanie Dove, Registered Dietitian and Marketing Coordinator for LCPS. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.”

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The school nutrition program strives to provide the most nutritious options to students daily. All schools serve salads featuring locally grown lettuce, a rainbow of colorful fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of vegetarian menu options daily. They work with Sterling-based, Cuisine Solutions, to source the chicken that is used in entrees such as chicken fajita rice bowls and buffalo chicken salad. School Nutrition works closely with teachers across the county to provide nutrition education support both in the classroom and in the school garden. Over the past two years, the department has worked with Loudoun County Health Department to distribute 80 hydroponic garden towers to teachers.

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The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole grain-rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

The “Recipes for Success” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtag #NSLW17. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit http://www.lcpshealthycafe.org and https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.

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