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Sarasota County Schools Set to Celebrate National School Lunch Week

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NSLW 2018

SARASOTA COUNTY, October 12, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is serving up a special opportunity in observation of National School Lunch Week from October 15-19. VIP Guest Servers, comprised of district staff and guests from the community, will once again be making special appearances in schools throughout the district to serve lunch to students. This year’s national theme, “Lots 2 Love”, encourages students and school nutrition professionals across the country to share what they love most about school lunch programs.

“Our Food and Nutrition Services team does an excellent job of providing delicious and nutritious meals for our schools,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “The reality is many of our students depend on these meals as a primary source of nourishment during the day. We want all our students to have every advantage possible to help them focus on learning. Serving filling and balanced meals is a passion for our team, and we support them in all their efforts to nourish the minds and bodies of our students.”

“School lunches are healthier than ever,” commented Jeff Maultsby, assistant superintendent and chief operations officer of Sarasota County Schools. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents, students and staff about all the benefits of our lunch program and the appealing choices we offer. It is valuable for our team members to literally serve a day in the life of their colleagues. What better way to appreciate the collective effort we all put forth to care for our students than to see this particular service in action.”

“We serve about 32,000 meals each day,” noted Dr. Beverly Girard, director of Food and Nutrition Services. “It is a privilege to be charged with nourishing our school communities. We take great pride in offering a variety of meal choices that address a range of dietary and health needs. For us, health and nutrition is a lifelong pursuit and we want to make sure our future leaders have a foundation built on wellness. National School Lunch Week is our way of spreading awareness to the programs we support all year. Approximately 50% of our students currently receive free or reduced-price meals. We encourage all eligible families to apply online through our website at:”


About the National School Lunch Program

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for more than 70 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole grain-rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium. The “Lots 2 Love” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW18, #SchoolLunch and #Lots2Love. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit


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