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Windsor Unified School District J - Child Nutrition

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National School Lunch Week
October 13 - 17, 2003

Help your child to be part of a wild school lunch event. Kids who eat nutritious meals perform better in all aspects of their lives. That’s why the National School Lunch Program has been providing healthy lunches to students for more than 50 years.

Make sure that your children experience the wild side — have them eat a nutritious lunch either at school or at home.

To celebrate National School Lunch Week we are featuring fun menus and prizes! Parents and Grandparents are invited to attend. Please send a pre-order with your child the day you will attend lunch.

Wild Facts The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established in 1946 after the government had to reject many World War II recruits due to malnourishment. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman. It is the largest of the federal child nutrition programs in terms of spending and the number of children served. Congress appropriated $10.6 billion for the child nutrition programs for fiscal year 2003.

More than 28 million children are served lunch every school day, in more than 99,000 schools. Approximately 95 percent of all elementary and secondary school students are enrolled in participating schools.

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents. Children from families with incomes over 185 percent of poverty pay a full price.

Through the National School Lunch Program, children consume twice the servings of fruits and vegetables and greater amounts of grains and dairy than children who eat lunch brought from home or who leave school to eat lunch.

No super-sizing here.
The meals served as part of the NSLP are provided in age-appropriate serving sizes — making schools one of the last places in the U.S. where you can purchase a meal with the recommended serving sizes.

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National Wildlife Federations Kidzone
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National Geographic Society
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The National Zoological Park
See wild animals live on web cam!
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