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Posted by Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services on October 16, 2014
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of usda.gov. You can find the original post here. On Friday, President Obama recognized October 12-18 as National School Lunch Week with an official proclamation. The message thanks hardworking school food service professionals, the tireless staff who demonstrate a daily commitment to providing schoolchildren with proper nutrition to enrich their lives in the classroom and beyond.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on October 15, 2014
As part of the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest, the First Lady participated in her first-ever Vine and Twitter Q&A to answer questions about Let’s Move!. During the chat, Mrs. Obama talked about tips for eating healthy and being active, the White House bees, her favorite fall vegetable, and a turnip that you don’t want to miss!
Posted by Nancy R. Mears, Supervisor of School Nutrition, Delaware on October 15, 2014
Farm to School (F2S) means different things to different people depending on where you live in the country. In Delaware, utilizing F2S to source local produce allows Laurel School District to meet the fruit and vegetable requirements of the new meal pattern outlined by federal guidelines for school meals. With a little creativity, we found these guidelines can be met with this valuable resource. 
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on October 14, 2014
In celebration of Farm to School Month, the First Lady invited students from the STAR School in Flagstaff, Arizona; Willow Cove Elementary School in Pittsburg, California; and Greenview Upper Elementary School in Lyndhurst, Ohio to participate in the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden this year. These schools all participate in farm to school programs that incorporate fresh, local food into their school meals and teach students about healthy eating through hands-on experience in their own school gardens as well as nutrition education in the classroom. Each school received support from USDA’s Farm to School Program, created as part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to execute their efforts. Students from Harriet Tubman Elementary and Bancroft Elementary in Washington, DC, who regularly help in the Kitchen Garden, also joined the First Lady at the harvest today.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on October 14, 2014
Chef Thomas Ciszak joined the First Lady today for the Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest along with a few of this year’s Kids’ State Dinner winners and students from schools across the country participating in farm to school programs. Chef Thomas and his team of student helpers prepared Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup with Cinnamon Glazed Carrots for everyone to enjoy.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on October 14, 2014
Chef Geoff Tracy joined the First Lady today for the Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest along with a few of this year’s Kids’ State Dinner winners and students from schools across the country participating in farm to school programs. Chef Geoff and his team of student helpers prepared Maple Glazed Chicken with Sautéed Kale, Sweet Potatoes, and Cranberries for everyone to enjoy.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on October 14, 2014
Chef Curtis Aikens joined the First Lady today for the Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest along with a few of this year’s Kids’ State Dinner winners and students from schools across the country participating in farm to school programs. Chef Curtis and his team of student helpers prepared Ratatouille for everyone to enjoy.
Posted by Victoria Wittrock, Food Service Supervisor, West Central School District, South Dakota on October 14, 2014
I’ve seen a lot of great changes come about in the West Central School District since the implementation of the new school meal pattern in 2012, and I’m very grateful for the process we’ve gone through. The changes in the younger kids have been the most noticeable. Exposing them to more fruits and vegetables has been really exciting. When we first began introducing new fruits and vegetables, I was surprised that some kids had never had cantaloupe or honeydew melons. Now, I go to the local market and I see students there pointing out fruits and vegetables and telling their parents, “Mom, Dad, you’ve got to try this!” The younger kids now ask me about proteins, grains, and what other types of nutrients they need.
Posted by Bea Zuluaga, Food and Nutrition Director, CentroNía/DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, DC on October 13, 2014
Children living in Washington, D.C., and across the country spend a large part of their day in school and rely heavily on their educational institutions for nourishment. As educators, it is imperative that we expose children to a variety of healthy, nutrient-rich foods early on in their development, and CentroNía does just that! We prepare various meals and snacks to support children’s learning thanks to programs such as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
Posted by Kirby Bumpus, Associate Director fo Policy, Let's Move! on October 13, 2014
For so many kids, the school cafeteria is the only place where they can rely on a healthy and balanced meal. This week, nearly 70 years ago the National School Lunch Program was established to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent hunger for millions of children every school day. Every child deserves to have the proper nutrition to perform well throughout the day, both in and outside of the classroom.