Honoring Our School Lunch Heroes

School Lunch Hero Day
May 07, 2021

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Centennial School nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, ISD #12 schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 7. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.

All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored and recognized from students, school staff, parents, and the community. Our district will be honoring our heroes with a thank you gift in each of their kitchen.  

 “School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools and to our community. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes,” said Tara Forner. Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats. 

The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day. The Centennial School Lunch Team has served over 1,100,000 meals to students and the community this past year, from March 2020 when schools closed due to the pandemic to March 2021.

Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for ISD 12 visit https://www.isd12.org/parent-student-resources/school-meals.

Centennial School District 12 is the connecting hub for the communities of Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington, and Lino Lakes, located 20 minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul. With nine exceptional schools serving more than 6,600 students, Centennial offers a track record of academic success combined with a consistent district-wide drive for improvement. Annually, Centennial students score significantly higher than the state averages in reading and math. The district’s high school graduation rate of 94.9% is at the top of Minnesota’s rankings.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.