IDEA is excited to celebrate and recognize National School Lunch Week (NSLW) from October 25-29. During NSLW, IDEA is highlighting the healthy food available daily to students at all IDEA campuses and thanking our incredible staff who have dedicated their time, service, and efforts toward keeping our students healthy, full, and ready to learn. Thank you, IDEA staff!
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the National School Lunch Program! The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nearly 30 million children every school day. NSLW was first recognized in 1962 to promote the importance of healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. This year’s NSLW theme is, “Feed Your Creativity with a Healthy School Lunch”!
The COVID-19 pandemic has without a doubt shown just how incredibly important school meals are for students and their families. Since the pandemic began, IDEA’s Child Nutrition Program team has served over 21 million curbside meals to students and families!
Now that in-person learning has resumed, NSLW allows IDEA to highlight the healthy and delicious lunch options available daily to students and continue to teach students and families about the importance of a balanced diet and how food affects our overall health.
In 2020, 59 schools in Texas were listed by The Alliance for a Healthier Generation as America’s Healthiest Schools! Schools are recognized for their work prioritizing nutrition, physical activity, and strong wellness policies.
IDEA had more schools listed than any other school district, making us the healthiest school district in the nation. Through our Healthy Kids Here program, we are committed to offering well-balanced, farm-fresh, and nutritious meals to every student and encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.
Learn more about our Child Nutrition Program, see regional menus in English and Spanish and more at ideapublicschools.org/parents/cnp.
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*Blog Cover Photo Credit: Texas Department of Agriculture