It seems like every day there’s a national holiday that’s sweeping social media for people to celebrate – National Cheese Day, National Siblings Day, even National Chicken Wing Day! However, this week’s holiday, National School Lunch Week is especially important to us. But what exactly is National School Lunch Week?
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) to help bring awareness to the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has both inside and outside of the classroom. During this annual week-long celebration, School Nutrition Association (SNA) members and students around the country celebrate in their cafeterias, schools, and districts with special menus, events, student activities, and more.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the largest hunger relief program in the country – meaning that the lunches that students receive at school is an extremely important one, and may be the only one that get that day. With over 1 in 5 children in the United States living in a food-insecure household, NSLP plays a critical role in the healthy development and long-term health and educational outcomes for low-income children. NSLW works with the NSLP to bring awareness to the importance of this meal, and how crucial it is to fuel children’s bodies and minds with real, wholesome food.
At the Life Time Foundation, we value National School Lunch Week as it really shines a light on and begins discussions around what we’re working so hard to do – change the way our children eat in schools. Making sure that children are getting made-from-scratch, wholesome nutrition on their lunch tray is the single-most important thing we can do to improve attention spans, sugar lows, childhood obesity and diabetes, and foster mental creativity and health.
Is creating a healthier future something that is important to you? If so, consider making a donation to the Life Time Foundation so we can continue our mission of creating sustainable and healthy habits for years to come. 100% of your donation goes directly to schools, as all of our administrative costs are covered by Life Time.