USDA Invites Schools to Celebrate International School Meals Day on March 6
Date Posted: 2/10/2014

Posted by Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, on February 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

With International School Meals Day and National School Breakfast Week coming up it’s a perfect time to talk about how to get more children to eat a nutritious breakfast.

Last year, the first International School Meals Day was held on March 8. It was a great success and brought teachers and students in both the United States and United Kingdom together to connect on one of the most critical issues facing the world today – child nutrition.

This year, International School Meals Day will be held on March 6 and we’re looking for even more schools to participate.

The fact is that good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are as important to a child’s overall success as the curriculum that our schools teach every day. Schools are essential to early nutrition education and helping young children build healthy habits that last a lifetime. That’s why I’m so proud that the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act set the wheels in motion for us to raise the standards for school meals in the U.S.

This year’s theme for International School Meals Day is “Food Stories” which is a great topic to get kids talking about their favorite nutritious foods they enjoy at school and at home. Participation in International School Meals Day can be as simple or as inventive as you’d like. There are many options to consider. You can host seminars, workshops or other events related to healthy eating, plan an International Menu Day, host food tasting sessions or visit a farm where students can see first-hand where and how food is grown and harvested. –

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