October 13 kicked off National School Lunch Week, and to celebrate the initiative, Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services will begin its lunch truck tour to schools across the county. The meals on the truck were selected by student focus groups and whichever item performs the best during the tour will be introduced into Orange County school cafeterias.
Students who visit the truck take a survey about the items and the one that does the best will eventually be included on school menus. The meals were created by Uncle Ben’s.
Under the direction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers affordable and healthy meals to students and educators in Orange County.
National School Lunch Week was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to celebrate the benefits of the National School Lunch Program – the largest federal child nutrition program. This year’s theme, “Get in the Game with School Lunch,” seeks to encourage the importance of eating healthy and remaining physically active.
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Quick Facts About School Lunch
- The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides 5.1 billion lunches annually – that’s more than 3 million students served every day!
- Over the course of one week, OCPS students receive at least 33% of daily nutrient requirements during lunch.
- Prior to the new nutrient requirements implemented by the USDA in 2012, there had been no major changes to school cafeteria meals in almost 15 years.
See below for a brief breakdown of what’s changed for the NSLP:
About Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). OCPS FNS serves more than 29 million meals and snacks each year. That equals approximately 175,000 breakfast and lunch meals daily. The department brings in more than $69 million in federal money to the school district and provides award-winning programs.
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