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National School Lunch Week


National School Lunch Week October 11-15, 2021

Duplin County  Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week

“WILD About School Lunch” 

To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving nearly 30 million children each day, Duplin 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.

Recent research shows children are getting their healthiest meals at school. National School Lunch Week will highlight the nutritious foods available daily at Duplin County  Schools. 

“School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium,” said L’nette S. Stokes, Director Duplin County School Child Nutrition]. “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.

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


Did You Know: 

  1. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was signed into law in 1946.
  2. National School Lunch Week (NSLW) was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.
  3. Kennedy’s goal was to recognize the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life.
  4. Today the NSLP serves 30 million students every school day!
  5. Children receiving school lunches consume fewer empty calories and more milk, fruit, vegetables and fiber than their peers.
  6. School lunch participation is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI).
  7. School lunches are healthier than typical packed lunches.
  8. School meals meet federal standards and are proven to support student achievement and wellness.
  9. New research from Tufts University shows children are receiving their healthiest meals at school.


NSLW Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets:

 Coloring Pages

 Activity Sheets


Family Fun Fall Recipe:

Cooked Apples


 2 apples, diced

 1 teaspoon white sugar

 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


 Step 1:  Place apples in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave for 30 seconds.

 Step 2:  Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over apples and stir to coat. 

 Step 3:  Heat apples in microwave until soft and warm, about 1 minute more