National School Lunch Week

By: Mary Nicholson

It’s time for lunch, and you’re the cook.  Are you ready for your guests to arrive?  You better have plenty of room because you’ll be serving about 31,000,000 mouths!  That’s how many students are served lunch every day in schools across the country who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  The week of October 11-15 is National School Lunch Week, an annual celebration of the NSLP, This yearly occasion was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to highlight the important, positive role of school lunch in our country.

Though there were a variety of feeding programs in various cities since the late 1800’s, the National School Lunch Act of 1946 created the modern school lunch program through the US Department of Agriculture.  Approximately 7.1 million children were participating in the National School Lunch Program by the end of its first year, 1946‐47. Since the modern program began, more than 219 billion lunches have been served.

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