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To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Newton County schools will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014. The theme, “Get in the Game with School Lunch,” will feature events and activities that promote the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

The NCSS School Nutrition Program will be showcasing their serving lines with college football and sports-themed decorations all week.  School Nutrition Program staff will promote physical activity by wearing their personal sports jerseys on Wednesday, October 15th, and “celebrities” such as school administrators, principals, and coaches will be serving lunch to students, including Dr. Craig Lockhart, Deputy Superintendent of Newton County Schools.  Each student buying a school lunch on Wednesday will be offered a “Get in the Game” bookmark ruler to use in class.

National School Lunch Week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at Newton County schools.   “School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” says Jan Loomans, Director of Operations for Newton County Schools.  “National School Lunch Week is the perfect time to celebrate all of the healthy options we’re serving every day in Newton County Schools”.   

Local, fresh baked sweet potatoes from Herndon Jr. Farms will be featured on the lunch menu at all grade levels during this week.   Herndon Jr. Farms is a family owned and operated farm that has been in business in Lyons, Georgia, for over 30 years, and NCSS School Nutrition is proud to feature their sweet potatoes on the menu.  Students will see nutrition facts about fruits and vegetables posted on cafeteria serving lines and nutrition information about other healthful foods, such as dairy foods, included in cafeteria promotions.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day.  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 “Get in the Game with School Lunch” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and Chobani Greek Yogurt.  For more information about schools meals, visit http://www.newtoncountyschools.org/departments and click on “School Food Services.”