To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving 30 million children each day, the Bowling Green City School District joins other school districts across the country to celebrate National School Lunch Week October 14-18, 2019. The theme, “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist,” spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up healthy menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization.
October 14 - 18 is also Spirit Week in Bowling Green, with Homecoming celebrated Friday, October 18th.
BGISD is dedicated to serving nutritious meals and all students enrolled are offered breakfast and lunch at no charge through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Five schools in the district: Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green Junior High, Parker-Bennett-Curry, T. C. Cherry and Dishman McGinnis also offer three meals to students weekly. The school district is working to expand menu items and also increase sustainability in all school cafeterias.
A few highlights from 2019-20:
BGISD Summer Meals Program served 91,681 meals to children in June and July 2019;
BGISD purchases high-quality locally grown produce year-round. Partners include ATP Greenhouse, Berrylicious Orchard, Blueberries of Daviess Co, Jackson’s Orchard, Need More Acres Farm, Sunny Point Gardens, and Yoders Farm.
New menu items have been added at BGHS, with plans for expansion to BGJHS and elementary schools. Options on the menu this month include: Korean BBQ Beef, Kati Kati Chicken, Ramen Bar with Beef or Chicken, Chicken Shawarma, Gyro on the Go with Meatballs, Greek Chicken, and Beef Manhattan. (Salad bar, taco bar, uncrustables, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches are available daily.)
Meal participation has increased 5% in the first quarter of 2019-20.
The Child Nutrition Department replaced all water bottles with school water stations in September 2019, including fruit-infused water. Students use either reusable water bottles or biodegradable cups.
All food trays in BGISD are made from recyclable, compostable material.
The “School Lunch Playlist” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW19, #SchoolLunchPlaylist and #SchoolLunch. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.
Click here to find out what is for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner this week in Bowling Green City Schools. For more, follow BGISD Child Nutrition on Facebook and Twitter.