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Celebrate National School Lunch Week - October 9-13 2023
October 09, 2023
LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared October 9-13 as National School Lunch Week in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) asks school districts, educators, and students statewide to join in celebrating the importance of healthy meals for students.
Since 1946, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has served healthy meals and promoted nutrition education to students in Michigan schools.
School lunches offer students fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and milk and meet federal nutrition standards that limit saturated fat, calories, and sodium. Since the federal Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 was enacted, school meals have gotten more nutritious, according to the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study.
School meals provide nutritious meals and support Goal 3 of Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan, to improve the health, safety, and wellness of all learners.
This year’s theme of “Level Up with School Lunch!” puts the spotlight on the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom.
In an effort to “level up” school lunch in the state of Michigan, 1.4 million public school children will receive nutritious free Michigan School Meals this school year as a result of a $160 million appropriation in the state’s School Aid budget adopted by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Whitmer.
For more information about NSLP in Michigan, please visit the School Nutrition Programs website.
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