NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK – Second Full Week in October

National School Lunch Week - 2nd Full Week in October
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


During the 2nd full week in October, National School Lunch Week shines the spotlight on the programs and nutritious food served up every day throughout the school year.

Since 1946, national school lunch programs have been available. While many areas may have offered school lunches before that time, other areas found it difficult to find the funds and resources to support such a program.

Today, many school districts no only offer lunch, but breakfast and an after school snack. The week focuses on healthy food choices, balanced diets, and portion sizes. Throughout the week, cooks and cafeteria personnel will feature posters and information about school lunches. Parents are encouraged to participate, too.

Many cafeteria staff often know a child’s eating habits as well as a parent does. They often know each child by name. Not only do they take great pride in their work, but they strive to provide the best meals with the resources provided to them.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SchoolLunchWeek

Visit your school’s cafeteria. Learn about the various lunch programs available. Many schools offer more than one. Depending on income, some students may be eligible for subsidized lunches. A good lunch is essential to learning. When children don’t have to worry about an empty stomach, they can focus on their studies and what they need to learn. They will be more successful and grow to be stronger, too.

Schools consider participating in School Lunch Week. Visit NSLW to learn more. Each year, a different theme and message are offered. Use #SchoolLuchWeek to share your events on social media.


In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a joint proclamation by Congress designating the second full week of October to be National School Lunch Week.

The National School Lunch Act became United States federal law in 1946 and created the National School Lunch Program. It provides low-cost or free school lunches to qualified students.

At the time, many schools didn’t have the facilities available to provide lunches, let alone the means to provide a daily meal to thousands of children. These programs were especially taxing to larger and rural districts. Legislation changed over the years to meet the needs of the schools and states. Since then, plans have expanded and grown. They’ve adapted to meet the needs and science behind nutrition, as well.


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