In celebration of National School Lunch Week next week, Garden City

Public Schools are hosting "School Lunch Across the U.S.A." It will

include events and activities that promote the benefits of healthy

school lunches. It will also celebrate the flavors, ingredients, and

culture of various regions of the U.S.

The campaign will put a spotlight on the healthy foods and positive

changes that Garden City Public Schools have incorporated into their

menus. Each school has planned a special meal for the week showcasing

fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy entrees. There will be music,

socialization, contest and prizes.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program provides

nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students everyday. The program,

which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years,

requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards by:

* Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;

* Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods;

* Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;

* Limiting calories based on the age of children being served; and

* Reducing amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.

Created to highlight all the components of well-balanced school

meals, the "School Lunch Across the USA" campaign is sponsored by the

non-profit School Nutrition Association, the Milk Processors Education

Program (MilkPEP), and McCormick for Chefs.

For more information about healthy school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org.