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Celebrating National School Lunch Week



ANKENY, Iowa (October 12, 2016) - Ankeny Community School District celebrates National School Lunch Week with the theme “Show Your Spirit” to get parents, students, and school staff to show their spirit for school lunch.  East Elementary played host to several special guests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) including Angela Tagtow, the Executive Director for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at the  USDA in Washington, D.C.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily at Ankeny Community Schools.

“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Scott Litchfield, Ankeny Schools Nutrition Services Director. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.”
 
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.