The month of October is very exciting for School Nutrition!
National School Lunch Week
National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
October 9th – October 13th
We welcome all parents to join us for School lunch!
October 7th - Savannah, WellFed magazine event at Daffin Park
To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Savannah- Chatham County Public Schools will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 9-13, 2017. The theme “School Lunch: Recipes for Success,” was designed to help us tell our school lunch story, including the ‘secret ingredients’ to our success!
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students everyday. 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.
The “School Lunch: Recipes for Success” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun via the hashtag #NSLW. For more information about schools meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.
Call your cafeteria manager today to find out what exciting events your school cafeteria will be participating in this week.
National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is an event that takes place on October 11th, 2017. Parents will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria. The goal is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch, and for parents and school officials to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible.
Many schools will celebrate “Invite Your Parents to School Lunch Day”, as students and parents from across the county will sit down together for a fun-filled school lunch.
See more at: http://www.kiwimagonline.com/lunchday
October 24th is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. This annual event involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.
To learn more about the national Food Day initiative and the thousands of other events taking place in all 50 states, visit the national Food Day website: FoodDay.org
Savannah’s Food Day celebration will take place at Daffin Park, on Saturday, October 7th! See more information about how Savannah celebrates HERE!!
Summer Food Safety
Whether you’re planning a small summer cookout or a big holiday celebration, a camping trip or a potluck dinner, make sure your plans include food safety. Perhaps salmonella or e. coli is not the first thing you think about when you put together the menu and the guest list. But to keep your event from being remembered for all the wrong reasons, it’s important to follow a few precautions.
During warm weather it is especially important to take precautions and practice safe food handling when preparing perishable foods such as meat, poultry, seafood and egg products. The warmer weather provides a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly and cause foodborne illness.
Test your summer food safety IQ:
Summer Food Safety Quiz
March is National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Registered Dietitian Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
The 2017 National Nutrition Month theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward" which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month and over time, helps improve health now and into the future.
National School Breakfast Week
National School Breakfast Week will take place March 5th – 9th, 2018; the annual celebration was launched in 1989 to raise awareness about the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The 2017 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” encourages parents, students and school officials to start their morning with a healthy breakfast.
Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and hungry children can’t learn. Eating breakfast at school can help families save time in the morning. And knowing that school breakfast is healthy and a great value is a huge relief for parents.
Cafeterias will promote school breakfast with special menus and decorations, activities, and events all week. The School Nutrition Program through a grant, provides Universal FREE breakfast to all students throughout the district. Speak with your Cafeteria Manager to learn more about National School Breakfast Week activities in your school.
Valentine’s Day 2017
The festive holiday of hearts and “be mines” also entails classroom parties and lots of CANDY! Think outside the box this year and try non food related Valentine’s for your child’s treats!
Here are some ideas to get you started!
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