Bay County Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Every school day the sounds of hungry bellies line the lunchroom corridors.

More than 16,000 Bay County students eat cafeteria lunches every day, and for the past 60 years the National School Lunch Week is a way to celebrate the hard work it takes to feed all those bellies.

This year Bay County has implemented a wellness policy to the menu.

Kim Blackwell, Director of Food Services, said, "Trying to cut down on fats, saturated fat, more nutritious foods, no donuts, no sugary cakes, more emphasis on whole wheat, high fiber, fruits and vegetables."

School Superintendent James McCalister joined board members, district officials and parents in celebrating the week and enjoying every bite.

Donna Allen of the Bay County School Board, said, "We had a wonderful lunch today, spaghetti and those great lunchroom rolls that you can't get anywhere else but a lunchroom!"

Teachers say by teaching wellness programs in the classroom it helps students make healthy choices in the lunchroom.

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