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National School Lunch Week is Oct. 10-14

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To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, the Liberty Central School District will recognize National School Lunch Week from Oct. 10-14. The theme, “Show Your Spirit” is all about getting parents, students and school officials to show their spirit for school lunch.

National School Lunch Week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at Liberty schools, which are healthier than ever with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, less fat and salt.

This year marked the first year that all Liberty students are able to eat fresh vegetables and fruit from a salad bar courtesy of a grant from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, the Whole Kids Foundation and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Stocked with fresh, seasonal produce, from carrots and cucumbers to broccoli and black-eyed peas, the bar is giving Liberty students healthier lunchtime options.

The district also continues to serve free nutritious meals – both lunch and breakfast – to all students, regardless of their income status.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students during the school week. The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards which includes offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

The “Show Your Spirit” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun via the hashtag #NSLW16. For more information about National School Lunch Week, visit https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.

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