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Broward County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services Celebrates National School Lunch Week

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Food and Nutrition Services is celebrating National School Lunch Week (NSLW), October 9 – 13, 2023, as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and in recognition of the 30 million meals served daily to students around the country. This year’s theme, “Level Up With School Lunch,” features fun-filled student activities and district events that promote the importance of healthy eating while highlighting the many reasons students love school lunch.

“We know our students can’t concentrate on learning if they do not have the proper nutrition,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata. “Our Food and Nutrition Services professionals are dedicated to ensuring students have a great variety of delicious and healthy meals available to help their academic achievement and overall well-being.”

BCPS is highlighting National School Lunch Week through the following:

  • Official proclamation by the School Board of Broward County, Florida (SBBC) declaring October 9 –13, 2023 as National School Lunch Week.

  • Dignitaries are invited to have lunch at a school of their choice during NSLW.

  • NSLW Poster Contest – Students of all grade levels are invited to create an original poster using the slogan “Level Up with School Lunch” and submit it by November 6, 2023. An award ceremony will be held to name and award prizes to the winners for each grade level.

  • High School Instagram Contest: Students are encouraged to tap into their creativity to take a gamer-themed selfie that shows them enjoying their lunch and post it on Instagram tagging @BCPSFNS. The student with the most “likes” on the post will receive a $25 gift card to Fandango.

BCPS School lunches are healthier than ever! NSLW showcases foods that are offered daily, which have more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and less fat and sodium. Cafeterias have also expanded their vegan and vegetarian options beyond the everyday salad.

The federally funded NSLP provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 70 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards.

For more information about NSLW, visit

The USDA regulates what is served in schools, mandating the offering of appropriate servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and high-quality proteins. Vendors provide the latest new products and BCPS registered dietitians review the nutritional stats for the products and new recipes.

By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Unsplash


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