WV Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week

October 11, 2002

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia schools are serving up a week long of events starting on October 14, 2002 to celebrate National School Lunch Week. The theme for this year’s celebration is Stars, Stripes and School Lunch.  

“We are very proud of our lunch program in West Virginia,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Each day public schools across the state serve more than 180,000 students healthy, well-balanced meals. School lunch is a long standing tradition in America, supporting education, children and families.”  

From October 14 – 18, food service professionals will offer special patriotic themed menus such as New York sub sandwiches, star-studded steamed broccoli, Constitution cornbread and mom’s apple crisp.  

This special week recognizes the fact that the National School Lunch Program has been providing nutritious lunches to school children for over 55 years. National School Lunch Week was established in 1963 by a proclamation from President John F. Kennedy. It is designed to help raise awareness of and garner support for the role that school food service and nutrition programs play in the lives of the nation’s children.  

Parents, families and community members are urged to contact their local schools for a schedule of special events during the week, visit and have lunch with the children.

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