Today is School Lunch Hero Day. The school nutrition staff in the county schools strive to make lunchtime the favorite part of every student’s day.
From their friendly greetings and the love they dish out with every meal, to how they encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, our food service staff are truly heroes.
Updated federal nutrition standards for school meals require cafeterias to offer larger servings and a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, switch to whole grains and limit the sodium, calories and saturated fat in each meal. A recent study found school meals are more healthful than most lunches brought from home.
School Lunch Hero Day is a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series, and the School Nutrition Association. Hero Day gives schools and communities the opportunity to thank the nutrition professionals who serve 30 million students each day.
Between preparing healthy meals, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition staff have a lot on their plate.
Please join us in thanking the dedicated women and men who prepare and serve our children healthy, economical and tasty school meals each day.
The writer is director of food service for the State College Area School District. She wrote this on behalf of the school food service directors of Centre County.