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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: OCTOBER 12, 2001


North Carolina public schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week, Oct. 15 - 19, with special menus and other promotional activities. This year's theme is "School Lunch by the Book."

Did you know that for some children, the lunch they receive at school is their most nutritional meal of the day? The National School Lunch Program provides nutritious, affordable lunches to more than 27.7 million children each day. In North Carolina, over 725,000 public school students eat lunch and a little over 260,000 students participate in the school breakfast program.

"Our mothers have told us what science has proven, hungry children have a hard time learning," North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Child Nutrition Services Section Chief John Murphy said. "The National School Lunch Program plays a critical role in ensuring that children have the energy to do their best in the classroom."

Murphy went on to add that the National School Lunch Program also provides a major economic boost to the state. "More than $400 million is generated by the National School Lunch Program, which is a significant economic benefit to the state," Murphy said.

National School Lunch Week was established in 1963 by former president John F. Kennedy to help raise awareness of and garner support for the role that school foodservice and nutrition programs play in the lives of American children.

For more information on North Carolina's public school child nutrition program, please contact John Murphy, section chief, Child Nutrition Services, NC DPI, 919.807.3507.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.