Clark County School District and other school districts across the country will celebrate National School Lunch Week from Oct. 15-19. National School Lunch Week is an opportunity to promote the importance of healthy, enjoyable meals in the education of students.
As part of CCSD’s observation of National School Lunch Week, the School District is inviting government, business and community leaders to eat lunch with CCSD students.
To get an appreciation of the magnitude of CCSD Food Service Department’s responsibility, the department served over 46 million meals to students in the previous school year.
And, to put this number into an everyday context, during the 2017-18 school year, the average daily meal counts were:
- 96,382 breakfasts
- 165,578 lunches
- 1,735 suppers
The National School Lunch Program, the largest of the federal child nutrition programs, was signed into law in 1946 by President Harry Truman. The national School Nutrition Association estimates that 30 million students enjoy healthy lunches every school day in the country.
The availability of nutritious meals, especially for students who come from economically vulnerable backgrounds, is critical. For the 2017-18 school year, 63.84 percent of CCSD’s students qualified for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.