Gilchrist County to Honor the School Lunch Heroes Serving Healthy Meals Celebrating School Lunch Hero Day on May 3, 2019
Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Gilchrist County School District nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Gilchrist County schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 3. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff, and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.
School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for us to thank these hardworking heroes.
Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats. The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day. At lunch your Gilchrist County School Food Service Staff serves an average of 2,250 students DAILY with limited staff at each school. Please join me in thanking them for their efforts.