There’s nothing like oven-roasted turkey and all the fixings to get you in the holiday spirit! This month, school cafeterias across the country are planning special Thanksgiving meals for students and their families to kick off the holiday celebrations.
But with one in five (16 million) children in America living in food-insecure households, these school lunches may be the best meals some students receive all season. Every Monday morning, school nutrition professionals witness hunger on the faces of students eagerly waiting in line for a school breakfast after a long weekend without enough to eat.
Thanksgiving is a great time to give thanks for school meal programs and those who work every day to meet the nutritional needs of students. From afterschool suppers and summer meals to weekend and holiday backpack projects, school meal programs are working with community organizations to make sure students have access to the healthy foods they need to succeed in school.
This holiday season, take a moment to say thank you to your school cafeteria staff and consider a donation to your local food pantry to support families without access to well-balanced meals.