Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS) sponsors the federally funded National School Lunch Program to ensure that more than 30,000 students have access to a healthy, nourishing lunch each school day throughout the Philadelphia region. To encourage students to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school lunch, NDS will again participate in National School Lunch Week (NSLW) this year.
The NSLW campaign is made possible by the non-profit School Nutrition Association. This year’s campaign theme, “School Lunch: Recipes for Success,” is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the school’s cafeteria staff and students who participate in the school lunch program.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, NDS is partnering with 102 schools to make the National School Lunch Program available to students at a reduced price or no cost. Each school lunch provides a student with one third of their daily requirement for calories and key growth nutrients. Each day, students are offered an entrée (including protein and whole grains), a fruit or fruit juice, vegetable, and low-fat or fat-free milk.
Brooke Mullen, Assistant Director of Community Relations for NDS said, “NDS will celebrate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which ensures students receive the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Research shows children who eat a nourishing lunch, focus and learn better, have fewer absences, and have higher academic achievement. With a variety of foods available during the school day, children can establish healthy eating habits to last a lifetime, reducing their risk of developing food-related disease later in life.”
Editor’s Note: NDS School Lunch Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. To learn more about NDS, please visit www.nutritionaldevelopmentservices.org. To learn more about National School Lunch Week, please visit http://schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/Events/NSLW/2017/.