Honoring our School Lunch ‘Superheroes’
who Serve Healthy School Meals
School Lunch Superhero Day is May 3, 2013
School Nutrition Employee Week is May 6-10, 2013
Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Iola-Scandinavia School District nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) organizes School Nutrition Employee Week, May 6-10, 2013.
School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. In fact, federal nutrition standards ensure that every school lunch offers students a well-balanced meal offering low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.
The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day. On average we serve 550 lunches and 65 breakfasts daily.
A healthy school lunch is value priced at $2.15 for grades 4K-6 & $2.45 for grades 7-12. Breakfast is conveniently served daily at the elementary school for $1.25.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org.