Department of Defense Education Activity

National School Lunch Week

Media Advisory: October 15, 2007

ARLINGTON, VA — The 2007 National School Lunch Week celebration will be observed in Many DoDEA schools October 15-19.

Sponsored by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), National School Lunch Week, National School Lunch week was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and is a celebratory week of events and activities promoting the benefits of the National School Lunch Program (NLSP). National School Lunch Week serves as a reminder to students, parents, teachers, and school administrators that school lunches have changed for the better over the years and they are great tasting, nutritious, balanced and come in kid-appropriate portions.

The highlight of the observance will be the 'Vote for School Lunch' program. Returning for its second year in 2007, 'Vote for School Lunch' is a chance for the nation's students to vote on their favorite lunch entrees. Voting will take place at and the site will be available until October 19. Voting will also take place in classrooms and cafeterias using paper ballots. The official voting period is from August 1 until October 19. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 22, 2007.

The NLSP began in 1946 and is the largest Federal child nutrition program. In Fiscal Year 2005, Congress appropriated $11.47 billion for the Child Nutrition Program. Nearly 29 million children are served lunch every school day in more than 99,000 schools, with nearly 95% of elementary and secondary school students enrolled to participate in the NLSP.

Contact the DoDEA school in your area for more information about their plans for observing National School Lunch Week.

Content adapted from the School Lunch Association.