School board members are cordially invited to a nutritious lunch with fascinating meal companions during National School Lunch Week.
OSBA and the Oregon Department of Education are teaming up to highlight the importance of child nutrition programs to student success. School board members are encouragedto follow their district policies in signing up with their local schools to enjoy a lunch from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14 and then share about it on social media using the #NSLW22inOR hashtag and tagging @ORDeptEd and @OSBANews.
Research shows students who are adequately fed behave and perform better in school. Nearly half of Oregon students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, and the Student Success Act includes money to expand nutrition programs. Oregon law requires schools to provide a free lunch to any student who asks to try to reduce the stigma.
During the pandemic, increased federal funding and loosened restrictions increased school nutrition programs around the country. Education advocates are fighting to continue support for universal lunch programs.