National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week is observed during the second full week of October and highlights the importance of school lunch programs for the students who depend on them. School lunch programs officially began in the U.S. after World War II and have grown to become an essential program for ensuring America’s schoolchildren have access to nutritious food.

These programs are absolutely vital to students’ well-being, as well as their readiness to learn. That’s why we all should support school lunch programs and spread the word about their importance by observing this week every year.

The History of National School Lunch Week

The second full week of October was designated as National School Lunch Week by a presidential proclamation issued by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1962. It has since been observed every single year to spread the news about the importance of the school lunch program to the general public.

Important Facts About School Lunches

To further educate the public about the importance of school lunches, we’ve decided to list some facts on the subject below. The following facts show just how crucial school lunches are not only to the students at the school but to the community at large as well.

  • More than 30 million students participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) every year.
  • Schools that provide school lunches have a 20% higher enrollment rate than schools that don’t.
  • Children who eat healthy school lunches are three times more likely to retain the information they learn in class.
  • Students enrolled in the NSLP receive school lunches that are packed with nutrition but only cost about 40 cents per student per day.

Observing National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week can be observed by spreading the word about the importance of the school lunch program in providing children with balanced meals. People can also use the hashtag #NationalSchoolLunchWeek on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 14 Monday
Next year (2025)
October 13 Monday
Last year (2023)
October 9 Monday
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