What's cooking? National School Lunch Week
Observe National School Lunch Week with us Oct. 15-19. Our students enjoy well-balanced, high-quality, low-cost or free meals daily. Good nutrition is key to learning and growing.
National School Lunch Week was first proclaimed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to celebrate the benefits school lunches provide.
School-lunch benefits abound
MPS provides good-tasting, high-quality meals that enable children to participate fully in the educational program and do their best academically.
Our meals meet the new U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines. We've made lots of positive menu changes!
For example, we serve unlimited fruits and veggies daily. We offer whole-grain-rich foods. We use brown instead of white rice. We reduce fat and sodium. We limit calories, based on children's ages, to ensure proper portion size. We offer only fat-free or low-fat milk.
Celebrate with us, choose school lunches
Meals are served free or at reduced prices for students whose families meet household income guidelines. Applications are available at all schools and by calling (480) 472-0900.
More than 100,000 schools and 31 million children participate in the National School Lunch Program daily.
— Loretta Zullo is the director of the MPS Food and Nutrition Department.