The NSLP is a federally-assisted meal program operating in more than 94,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs). It was established under the National School Lunch Act and signed by President Harry Truman in 1946 and provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 30 million children each school day.
National School Lunch Week (October 14-18, 2019)
Around the World in 80 Trays (January 21-24, 2020)
This campaign aims to increase international flavors in USDA School Meals Programs! DPI would like to acknowledge that food can do more than just nourish the body, but it can also offer an invitation to participate in and explore the many diverse cultures of Wisconsin students. Join the School Nutrition Team (SNT) and School Food Authorities (SFAs) across the state in this week-long culinary adventure, kicking off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2020. What better way to celebrate the unique cultural backgrounds of students across this great state than by remembering the legacy of MLK Jr. and his dream of equality and inclusion for everyone.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to fly "Around the World in 80 Trays." Use the week of January 21-24, 2020 to introduce new flavors, create culturally inspired dishes, explore the tantalizing world of herbs and spices and connect with your students! Visit the International Meals section of the menu planning webpage for ideas and inspiration.
The SNT would love to see how you added more international flavors to your school meals. Send us a picture and you could be featured on our website, social media pages, in our newsletters and/or bulletins. Who knows, you might even grab the attention of USDA!
Help the SNT reach our goal of 80 SFAs participating in Around the World in 80 Trays. Take the pledge!
School Lunch Hero Day (May 1, 2020)
- USDA Team Nutrition Infographic: MyPlate Guide To School Lunch
- Fact Sheet: Schools Serving, Kids Eating Healthier School meals Thanks to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act - 09/01/2015, USDA
- A Signed Letter from Michelle Obama Praising the Work of School Nutrition Professionals
USDA Healthy School Meals Standards Are Proving Popular - USDA Video [Video]
For NSLP Menu Planning Tools, visit the Menu Planning webpage.
School Nutrition Team Mission Statement: To ensure a strong nutritional foundation that supports learning and development for all students through statewide leadership, guidance, partnership, and advocacy.