Join WDMCS and Celebrate National School Lunch Week
Thanks to the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Nutrition Services Department, all WDMCS students get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow while at school.
Please join WDMCS and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) as we celebrate National School Lunch week from Oct. 12-16 this year.
“President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom,” SNA shares on its website. “The COVID-19 pandemic has without a doubt shown just how incredibly important school meals are for students and their families.”
This is certainly true for WDMCS, where just 74 Nutrition employees (plus some amazing volunteers):
- Served 147,530 meals at our summer drive-thrus,
- Delivered 79,736 meals to students at home this summer, and
- Are providing meals for on-site learners and 243 online learners each week.
Thanks to a nationwide waiver, school lunch and breakfast are free for WDMCS families this school year. The USDA-funded program brings additional funds into the school district to support staff wages and benefits, purchase equipment for Nutrition Services, and provide nutritious foods to serve to our students. Participation in this program helps your school and the local economy.
To thank students for their participation in the school lunch program, Nutrition will be providing a special ice cream treat with lunches on Oct. 16. Nutrition will also track school meal participation and serve up a pizza party for the school with the best participation Oct. 12-16!
Make sure you eat with us this week—and thank your Nutrition Services workers during National School Lunch Week!