HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2017) – To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Henderson County Public schools is celebrating National School Lunch Week from October 9-13, 2017, emphasizing the healthy foods that are offered daily to local students.
“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Robert Rolfe, Child Nutrition Director. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.”
Throughout the year, HCPS features NC Farm to School fresh fruits and vegetables coordinated through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture as well as produce provided by Department of Defense funding. In season, up to 20 percent of produce used in schools comes from locally sourced farms. More than 75 percent of grain offerings are whole grain-rich and the Child Nutrition Department strives to provide a variety of scratch-made entrees.
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.
Help HCPS celebrate by joining your student(s) for lunch one day this week and get a taste of our “Recipes for Success.” Some Highlights of this week’s menus include:
Tuesday: lemon herb chicken and gourmet grilled cheese, Sorrento brown rice, Greek salad.
Wednesday: baked rotini and Parmesan roasted broccoli
Thursday: chicken rings and Caesar salad.
Friday: nachos with lettuce, tomatoes and southwestern black beans.
Monday: taco salad with southwestern black beans
Tuesday: chicken rings, coleslaw and fresh apples
Wacky Wednesday: breakfast for lunch
Thursday: loaded baked potato and cheesy spinach
Friday: pepperoni pizza, side salad and grapes
About the School Nutrition Association
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 https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.