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    National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant 

    Following the grant application process in October, I have received a grant for $25, 693.00 to be used to renovate/update the serving line at Nathanael Greene Primary school.  Dry heat wells, frost top area for cold items, lighting, tray slide height adjustment and other upgrades will be completed before the new school year.   The new serving line and tray slides will allow students easier access to the selections offered and better visibility with the tilted wells and lighting.  

    National Nutrition Month - March 2019

    National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

    During National Nutrition Month®, help the Academy achieve its vision of a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.

    Key Messages:

    1. Discover the benefits of a healthy eating style.
    2. Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health.
    3. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
    4. Select healthier options when eating away from home.
    5. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that's right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
    6. Keep it simple. Eating right doesn't have to be complicated.
    7. Make food safety part of your everyday routine.
    8. Help to reduce food waste by considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
    9. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
    10. Consult the nutrition experts. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

    National Nutrition Month Activities

    Quiz

    Easy Sudoku

    Moderate Sudoku

    Word Search

    Word Search Kids

    Crossword Puzzle

    National Nutrition Month Tip Sheets

    Health Tips

    MyPlate

    Smart Tips

     

    National School Breakfast Week - March 4th - 8th 

    National School Breakfast Week Activities

    Coloring Sheets

    Activity sheets

     

    October 1 - 5 - Farm To School Week

     Schools may also bring Farm to School to the classroom with SOL-based lesson plans and grant opportunities available on the Virginia Ag in the Classroom website.  

    Eggplant Tasting

    Broccoli Tasting

    Apple Tasting

    Beet Tasting

    October 15th - 19th - National School Lunch Week

    President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962. During this annual weeklong celebration, SNA members and students around the country celebrate in their cafeterias with decorations, special menus, events, and more.

    NSLW activity sheets (pdf)

    Parent Information    

    NSLW

     

    National School Lunch Week is October 15 – 19, 2018.

    The 2018 NSLW theme is “School Lunch: Lots 2 Love”, and it’s all about showcasing the lunch program in our schools.  The National School Lunch Program serves more than 30 million children every school day—that’s something to love!

    Ruckersville Elementary, Nathanael Greene Primary and  Elementary Schools are hosting "National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day" and invite parents to attend lunch with their children any day during that week.  The cost for visitors is $3.75.  Please let the School Nutrition Staff know ahead of time, that you plan to eat with your student. 

    Things I love about School Lunch

    Click on the link above to find out why School Nutrition staff like what they do.  

    Share Our Strength and the Virginia No Kid Hungry Campaign awarded a grant of $5000.00 to the School Nutrition Program on April 23rd, 2018.  The purpose of the grant is to provide start-up funds in order to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program.  

    New Grab and Go Breakfast Cart at Ruckersville Elementary School - April 11th, 2018

    Grab and Go Breakfast Cart      The School Nutrition Program purchased the Breakfast Cart with funds obtained through a grant from The Dairy Alliance.  The Grab and Go breakfast is available, daily, and the cart is located across from the library.  Students purchase breakfast, at the same cost as in the cafeteria, and take it directly to class.  This is the third school to implement this alternate breakfast.