"In the long view, no nation is
healthier than its children,
or more prosperous than its farmers." - President Harry Truman, on signing the
1946 National School Lunch Act.
Through the Years
The National School Lunch Program was created in 1946 when President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law. The National School Lunch Program is a federal nutrition assistance program. Through the years, the program has expanded to include the School Breakfast Program, Snack Program, Child and Adult Care Feeding Program and the Summer Food Service Program. In 1962, Congress designated the week beginning on the second Sunday in October each year as "National School Lunch Week."
The video below looks at the school lunch program from the late 1930’s to the present day and includes President Obama signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. One can see from the photographs some of the changes in the foods provided. There is an increase in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and lowfat dairy. (Part of the video has clips from a film produced by the USDA in the mid-60s.)
When I think of the School Nutrition program my first thoughts turn to Dayle Hayes, MS, RD and Darlene Moppert, MS, RD. These registered dietitians and nutrition experts are advocates for our children. In addition, they take the time to teach, educate, and enlighten the school staff, parents, family, media and legislators.
Recently, Dayle initiated a “Give Thanks ... for the School Nutrition Heroes who make “SCHOOL MEALS THAT ROCK.” Acknowledging the hard working people who help feed our children is a positive step in recognizing what is right about our school meals.
School Meals that Rock is a place to share and celebrate what is right with school nutrition in America. It is a counter-revolution to the media bashing of school meals and a tribute to every lunch lady (and gentleman) working to do amazing things for kids' nutrition.
I encourage you to visit School Meals That Rock and see what progress is being made in our schools.
Darlene Moppert, MS, RD took a giant step to offer students the ability to purchase vegan menu items in the National School Lunch Program. Each year Darlene, the Broward County Public Schools and the Broward County Dietetic Association sponsors a National Nutrition Month Poster Contest. The event helps educate children, families and the community. Recently, Darlene Moppert participated in a Broward School workshops to help teachers with disabled students.
Darlene Moppert, RD, Program Manager, Nutrition Education and Training, Food and Nutrition Services, Chairperson, Nutrition Committee is involved with families and community organizations. She addresses food and nutrition issues, recommends nutrition policy and programs, and ensures school meals are culturally diverse and meet special dietary needs. Learn more at the Broward County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services.
School Lunch Resources
Priceless: School Lunch
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
National School Lunch Week
October 15–19, 2012
October 15–19, 2012