No such thing as a free lunch? Humbug! Summer Meals Celebration serves 974

--- Published on July 21st 2017 ---
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There was something for everyone at NUSD’s Summer Meals Celebration — and food for all.

The fun-for-all-ages event Thursday, July 20, at Natomas High School featured a free BBQ chicken lunch, a taste-testing booth, bean bag toss, spinning prize wheel, free farmers market and a smargasbord of other attractions. Music was provided by New Country KNCI 105.1 FM.

The annual celebration honored a successful summer for NUSD’s summer feeding program in which more than 72,000 meals were served at nine campuses and 10 other local sites. NUSD is committed to assisting hungry kids while classes are in recess because healthy students make better learners.

The event also spotlighted “California Thursdays,” a statewide program to expand the use of locally and California-grown foods in school meals. A free BBQ lunch was served to  974 attendees of Thursday’s community party. The menu included peaches and milk from Sacramento, chicken from Modesto, baked beans from Lodi, and salad from the Salinas Valley.

Features speakers were Lisa Kaplan, NUSD Board President; Sandip Kaur, Director of Nutrition Services for the California Department of Education; and Jesus Mendoza, a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thursday’s event was organized by NUSD’s Nutrition Services Department and sponsored by Sysco Sacramento, a local food distributor.