Pasadena ISD is joining schools across the nation in celebrating National School Lunch Week, October 12-16.
This year’s national theme is “School Lunch Snapshot.” In keeping with the theme for National School Lunch Week (NSLW), students and staff are encouraged to take snapshots of school lunches to highlight the healthy foods offered daily to students.
At the state level, the Texas Department of Agriculture is also encouraging schools to take part in NSLW by educating students about local agriculture and raised products. Pasadena ISD will be participating in the statewide initiative by serving local produce, making morning announcements and providing daily activities to teach students about where lunch items are produced.
In Pasadena ISD, over 640 Child Nutrition staff serve an average of about 42,500 lunches per day to students. According to Mary Harryman, child nutrition director, the lunch program promotes healthy eating behaviors among students.
“This is a great opportunity to educate students and parents about the benefits of the school lunch program and the healthy items we offer to students on a daily basis,” Harryman said. “By promoting healthy eating in school, we are also encouraging students to eat healthy at home.”
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides healthy and balanced meals at a low cost for students each day. To meet federal nutrition standards, the district offers fruits and vegetables, whole-grain rich foods and items low in fat, calories and sodium.
To share a school lunch snapshot use #PasadenaLunchSnapshot or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about National School Lunch Week, visit the following the link: National School Lunch Week.