HCS Celebrates National School Lunch Week

Huntsville City Schools is recognizing National School Lunch Week (October 14-18, 2019)  to spotlight how today’s school cafeterias are serving up healthy items that kids enjoy eating, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and milk.  The event is a way to help educate students and parents about the benefits of a good school lunch.  Huntsville City Schools has 32 kitchens that serve 14,500 lunches each day.

At Jones Valley Elementary, the cafeteria was dressed up with a superhero theme and students could enjoy listening to music as they dined on lunch.  Other schools across the district are participating in a variety of ways with decorations and themes to make lunch fun and educational.

Henry Ward, Director of Child Nutrition Services for Huntsville City Schools, said the staff works to make sure that each meal meets or exceeds USDA guidelines, adding that “our food service workers do an excellent job.” In addition, the child nutrition team provides a resource to educate children on best practices for good nutrition.  Paula Elkins, Child Nutrition Supervisor at Jones Valley Elementary, says that she feels “like all of them are my kids.”   Elkins feels the reward is when you run into children while out shopping and they will stop to give a hug.

President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week in 1962 to help showcase the student benefits of the National School Lunch Program.  The original bill creating the National School Lunch Program was signed into law back in 1946.  Each day approximately 30 million students enjoy a healthy school lunch due to the fact that 95% of all schools in the U.S. participate in the lunch program.

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