Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass joined several other officials to celebrate National School Lunch Week by helping to kick-off the Second Annual D.C. Farm to School Week. The D.C. Farm to School Week is designed to help children learn where their food comes from and the lifelong benefits of a healthy diet.
Merrigan highlighted the Obama administration's priorities for improving school meals and advancing the health of the nation's children through opportunities like USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge. This initiative recognizes schools for excellence in nutrition and physical activity.
At the same time, Don Arnette, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Administrator kicked off National School Lunch Week in Calhoun, Ga. where he commended six schools for their excellence in school nutrition. In Iowa, Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary celebrated National School Lunch Week by honoring students, staff and school officials at South Hamilton Elementary School in Jewell, Iowa for earning Silver in USDA's HealthierUS School challenge.