DJJ FREE FOOD SHOW: CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK 2014
As part of the Georgia Prepararatory Academy's celebration of National School Lunch Week 2014, the Department of Juvenile Justice held a Free Food Show on October 16th at the Central Office breakroom. Sample foods from Departmental facilities were prepared and served to employees to show the delicious and nutritional meals available for DJJ youth across Georgia.
The National School Lunch Week observance will run through 17 to emphasize the healthy foods offered every school day at our nation’s schools.
“Our school lunches are healthier than ever,” said DJJ Dietician Lauren Gean, RD, LD. Gean said meals at the Georgia Preparatory Academy have more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less fat and sodium.
“National School Lunch Week is the perfect time to celebrate all the healthy options we’re serving daily in the lunch rooms of Georgia’s 181st School District,” said Gean.
Through the National School Lunch Program, DJJ youth are provided meals low in sodium and rich in whole grains. The menus include a variety of fruits and vegetables, protein, and a choice of low-fat or fat-free milk.
“Our goal is to provide nutrient rich, quality meals that young people enjoy. By promoting these healthy options, youth are learning how to eat a nutritious, filling meal,” said DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles. “Along with other essential life skills required for successful reentry into their communities, we’re helping them develop nutritional habits here that they can carry with them outside of these school lunch rooms and institutional settings and into their daily lives,” Niles said.
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving this nation's children for more than 60 years, requires school meals to meet strict federal nutrition standards. The standards require serving whole-grain rich foods, offering fruits and vegetables every day, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.
For more information about healthy foods and the benefits of nutritious schools meals at DJJ, visit www.djjnewsandviews.org/gpaschoolnutrition/ or www.facebook.com/TrayTalk . The “Get in the Game with School Lunch” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association.