STUDENT LUNCH PROGRAM
Benefits for the Family
Provides a balanced meal
It meets one third of the nutrition needs of most children for the day.
Helps kids learn where foods come from
Farm to school programs increase kids access to locally produced foods and learning activities such as farmers' visits and school gardening.
If you spend 10 minutes a day packing lunch, that adds up to 30 hours (1,800 minutes) each school year.
Supports learning at school
Research shows that kids with healthier eating patterns have better academic performances.
Kids can eat meals at home, in the classroom, or in the cafeteria. Parent pick-up, delivery, and in-person meals are possible based on how schools are operating.
School meals support the academic achievement and social-emotional health of all students. All students will have access to healthy foods at school.
School meals are healthy and prepared safely. Schools will strive to meet nutrition standards, but have some flexibility when this is not possible.
Student Lunch Program supports domestic farmers and Guyanese agricultural producers through purchases of 100% Guyanese-grown and -produced foods for use by students.
We offer multiple choices at lunch. What you choose on the lunch line and what you eat can make a big difference. If you choose to eat foods from each of the meal components (fruits, vegetables, meats and meat alternates, grains, and milk), you will be more likely to eat all of the nutrients you need to be healthy and strong, such as calcium for strong bones, potassium for healthy blood pressure, vitamin C for wound healing, fiber for digestive health, and more. The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study found that school lunches are more nutritious and more likely to follow the Dietary Guidelines than lunches that came from other sources.