To recognize the National School Lunch Program that serves 30 million children each day, Frisco ISD schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week (NSLW) October 14-18.
Meals in Frisco ISD are driven by a Child Nutrition Department that includes chefs, dietitians, purchasers and nearly 600 employees who serve roughly 42,000 meals a day to students at 70 campuses. There are nearly 30 menus that are managed across the elementary, middle and high schools at any given time.
“Frisco ISD cafe workers are a passionate group of people who love feeding kids,” said Director of Child Nutrition Lisa Jenkins. “They make children’s days better with a smile while also filling their bellies.”
Frisco ISD cafe workers want to spread the joy in the cafeteria by encouraging school-wide participation in National School Lunch Week.
The 2019 NSLW theme is “Save the Day with A Healthy School Lunch” which aims to make good nutrition and healthy lifestyles fun, exciting and relevant for students. The District encourages parents to feed the superhero potential in children by enjoying a school lunch each day.
National School Lunch Week will highlight the nutritious foods available daily at all Frisco ISD schools. All FISD schools will offer Texas-grown produce on Farm Fresh Fridays throughout the month of October in addition to the printed menu.
During the week, cafes across the District will have a number of special events:
Cafes will display posters featuring artwork designed by students selected in a statewide art contest.
On October 18, cafes will feature Texas-grown pears and cabbage to help bring to focus on the seasonally available products.
Elementary schools will display a participation chart tracking the number of meals served to students on that campus each day. The chart encourages students to beat the previous day’s participation total.
High schools will have a selfie station where students and staff can have fun and help promote NSLW on social media by taking a selfie in front of the backdrop.
Some campuses will be participating in themed dress-up days throughout the week.
“School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium,” said Katherine Smith, Frisco ISD nutrition coordinator. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program and the appealing variety of choices in the cafeteria.”
Elementary students can enjoy the convenience of a healthy school lunch for just $2.50 while middle and high school meals are $2.80 and $3.80. Some students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Learn more about the free and reduced meal application here.
Follow the fun with the hashtags #NSLW19, #SaveTheDay, #TXNSLW, #SchoolLunch and #FISDCafe. Click here for more information on the Frisco ISD child nutrition department.