In observance of National School Lunch Week, slated for the week of October 12 -16, the Baldwin County School District would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Baldwin County School Nutrition Department for their continued commitment and dedication to providing healthy, nutritious meals to our students during the school year as well as throughout the summer months. The COVID-19 pandemic has without a doubt shown just how incredibly important school meals are for students and their families.
President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. The 2020 NSLW theme is Now Playing: School Lunch!
Our hardworking team of school nutrition workers have done a fantastic job keeping our children as well as area families fed amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When Baldwin County schools closed March 16th due to health precautions brought on by the coronavirus, the school district's nutrition department was faced with the challenge of creating alternative methods to provide meals to children; as a result, they implemented the summer meal program, which operates through delivery and on-site distribution process. Because of this resourcefulness, the school nutrition department was able to serve over 399,000 meals from March 17th through July 31st. This was an incredible feat and a success for both the school district and community during these uncertain times.
The Baldwin County School District commends these individuals for their efforts in overcoming the challenges brought on by the coronavirus outbreak to feed the children of the Baldwin County community. Please take the time this week to thank these hard-working and dedicated school nutrition employees.
Due to Fall Break coinciding with NSLW, the school nutrition department will commemorate the observance the week of October 19 - 23 in conjunction with Farm to School Week. In addition NSLW, October is also recognized as Farm to School Month . Farm to School Month is an annual 31-day campaign to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the connections happening across the country between kids, families and their community food systems. National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010, making this year’s campaign the 10th anniversary. This year’s theme is It Takes a Community to Feed a Community. As schools and early care and education sites, communities and food systems continue to be impacted by the pandemic, the national campaign encourages the community to use this year’s observance to honor all those individuals who contribute to feeding our kids and communities through these unprecedented times.
Aketi Mayweather, Wellness Coordinator for the Baldwin County School District has created some fun and tasty activities to help students celebrate Farm to School Month.
To download a copy of Farm to School Week activities taking place in Baldwin’s schools click the link below.