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Wild About School Lunch

Posted on 10/11/2021

To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving nearly 30 million children each day, Sampson County schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 11-15, 2021. The fun and creative campaign theme, “WILD About School Lunch” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom.

President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom.

Recent research shows children are getting their healthiest meals at school. National School Lunch Week will highlight the nutritious foods available daily at Sampson County schools. SCS school nutrition staff is helping educate kids about healthy choices and physical activity.

“School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium,” said SCS School Nutrition Director April Jordan “Thanks to pandemic waivers, school meals are free for all students this school year, so it’s a great time to give school lunch a try. National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the wonderful benefits of our lunch program.”

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has been fueling students for success for 75 years.  Sampson County Schools operates under a Community Eligibility Program (CEP). CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students. SCS students are able to enjoy the convenience of a healthy school breakfast and lunch for no cost.

The “WILD About School Lunch” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW21, #WILDSchoolLunch and #SchoolLunch. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit

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