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The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nearly 30 million children every school day, providing the essential basic nutrition that contributes to student success and teacher support, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and fat-free or lowfat milk with every school lunch. 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, as well as the impact a simple school lunch can have both inside and outside the classroom, and this year, National School Lunch Week takes place from October 9-13, 2023.
However, even though National School Lunch Week was declared in 1962, the National School Lunch Program actually goes all the way back to 1946. Created to provide nutritious meals to children from low-income families who might otherwise not have access to a daily meal, NSLP ensures the health and well-being of all public school students, boosts academic performance by giving students the fuel they need to succeed, and closes the opportunity gap for children across the country.
Nearly 80 years since its founding, the National School Lunch Program today serves nearly 30 million children each and every school day.