National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week

Oct. 14-18, 2019



More than 29 million children eat lunch at public schools everyday. It’s time to pay tribute to the wonderful workers who help make this possible. Join CSEA in celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 14-18.

Research shows that good nutrition enables students to meet their educational and physical potential. However, it's the people in the kitchens that really make the state's food programs work. CSEA is proud to represent thousands of food service employees statewide.

Food Service Professionals

Our school cafeterias, food preparation centers and the caring employees who work in them all play a critical role in the educational process by providing nutritious meals for children.

Cooks, servers, clerks and delivery drivers all work hard to cut costs and maintain efficient, safe and healthy food service programs. In fact, more than 95 percent of all California school menus analyzed by the government met or exceeded federal targets for important vitamins and nutrients.

Many times the meal students receive at school are the best or only meal they will get each day. Without food, they cannot learn. Research shows good nutrition enables students to meet their educational and physical potential. Our schools serve more meals each day than all the restaurants in the state. However, it’s the people in the kitchens who really make the state’s food programs work. Food service workers prepare meals for thousands of students and then serve it and even clean up afterwards.


In the News

School kitchen supervisor encourages kids to choose healthier options

Karen Walsten, a member of Lake Elsinore Chapter 598, knows that kids like and dislike a variety of foods. As site kitchen supervisor, she makes sure that the kids at Canyon Lake Middle School get their food every day and pays attention to what they prefer to eat...Read More

No such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen

There was no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen when it came to preparing for the new school year at Calaveras Unified School District. According to Melanie Hernandez, Office Assistant in the district’s Food Service Department and member of Calaveras Chapter 405, it was all hands on deck getting ready for her eighth year in this position…Read More

Video: Day in the life of a cafeteria manager

Liz Schott, a cafeteria manager II and member of CSEA's Ceres Chapter 140 shares her contribution to education through school nutrition…Watch Video


What is National School Lunch Week?


National School Lunch Week was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy—16 years after President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law. Truman believed that well nourished children made better students.

This year’s National School Lunch Week theme is “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist?” – which spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up the menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization.