What is NSLW?
Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. SNA members celebrate in their cafeterias every year with decorations, special menus, events and more.
The NSLW 2014 theme is “Get in the Game with School Lunch.” It’s about encouraging kids to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity. This year’s theme recognizes the importance of eating well and getting active!
Why Should I participate?
According to a 2013 survey of SNA members, 73% said recognizing NSLW helps them achieve their goals, and more than 80% say it helps them increase student participation.
Recognizing NSLW in your district can help you:
- Increase student participation for your program
- Spread the message to parents that you’re serving healthy and tasty meals
- Earn media coverage from local papers, blogs, and TV stations
- Connect with teachers and administrators at your school or in your district to spread the word that school meals are healthy
When is it? What if the timing doesn’t work for me?
NSLW 2014 is officially scheduled for October 13-17 by an act of Congress.
However, if you have a student holiday or teacher work day during that week, and the timing doesn’t work, you can still celebrate anytime! The week before… the week after… it’s up to you.