It’s National School Lunch Week

October 18th, 2012 § 0 comments

Thanks to advocacy efforts during the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, children now enjoy new meal standards this school year.   This includes more wholesome and nutritious lunches, double the fruit and vegetables, whole grains, less salt and less unhealthy fats, all while staying within age-based calorie ranges.  For our children, this means healthier, tastier, and fresher food so that they are ready to achieve in the classroom and grow into our community’s next generation of leaders.

In Austin’s Independent School District, 60,000 lunches and 40,000 breakfasts are served each day.   Two out of three children are receiving those meals at free or reduced price because they live in a low-income household.

Schools are the perfect environment for children, regardless of their income or access to food, to practice good eating habits.  But what happens when school is out?

That’s where we come in.  In partnership with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and local nonprofits, we provide snacks and lunches to children during the long summer break when school is out and they cannot access the free and reduced-price lunch program.

We just completed our third year participating in the program and it grows each year. This past summer, we provided more than 28,000 meals and 22,000 snacks to Central Texas children. You can read about it here.  And there’s much more we do through Kids Cafe and CHOICES nutrition education to ensure children can enjoy quality meals all year long.

National School Lunch Week is a wonderful reminder of how important the health and well being of our children are to our future prosperity.  It’s also a reminder of what children miss out on when school is out.

Thank you for supporting us throughout the summer and joining our advocacy efforts to ensure the youngest Central Texans have access to healthy, affordable food.

For more information about National School Lunch Week happenings in Texas, visit this website.

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