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Lunch Day FAQ

FOR PARENTS:

1. WHAT IS NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY?

It’s an event sponsored by KIWI magazine that takes place on October 11, 2017. Parents across the country will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria. The goal is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch and to open the lines of communication between parents and school officials so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible. In addition to KIWI, the event is supported by the School Nutrition Association and Moms Meet. Learn more about our partners here.

2. WHY IS NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY IMPORTANT?

It’s an opportunity for parents to learn more about lunchtime—from what goes into getting a healthy meal on a child’s tray to what the day-to-day lunch experience is like. It’s also a great way to spend time with your kids and talk to them about the importance of healthy eating habits at lunch—and every meal.

3. HOW CAN I BRING THE EVENT TO MY CHILD’S SCHOOL?

There are lots of different ways to introduce your school community to KIWI’s National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day! You can talk directly with school administrators—the principal or nutrition director, for example—to explain the event and why it’s important. To help, here is a sample letter to send to officials with information on the initiative. You can also discuss it with the PTA or get other parents together to form a committee to host the event. You’ll find additional resources for planning at kiwimagonline.com/lunchday.

4. WHAT IF MY SCHOOL CAN’T HOST NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY ON OCTOBER 12?

No worries! If that date doesn’t work for your school, any day during National School Lunch Week (October 9-13, 2017) would be great. But anytime during the school year works well, too!

5. WHAT SHOULD WE DO ON NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY—BESIDES EAT LUNCH?

Along with enjoying lunch with your child, take the time to check out the cafeteria offerings—are they what you expected? Do you have any questions or suggestions for the food service provider? Here are some examples of questions to ask. And talk with your kids about school lunch—what’s their favorite meal? Do they eat everything on their tray? The toolkit has a list of great questions to ask them. You can also suggest that your school include other fun activities on Lunch Day, such as a visit from a local farmer, a talk from a guest speaker, or even a performance by students.

6. WHAT CAN I DO TO GET READY FOR NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY?

A great first step is to take a look at all the information we have packed into the parent toolkit! We have information about:

  • How to launch Lunch Day in your child’s school
  • How to get kids excited about eating healthy foods
  • How to make lunch great
  • And much more!


FOR SCHOOLS:


1.WHAT IS NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY?

It’s an event sponsored by KIWI magazine that takes place on October 11, 2017. That’s when parents across the country will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria. The goal is for parents to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch and for school officials and parents to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible. In addition to KIWI, the event is supported by the Whole Kids Foundation, the School Nutrition Association, and Moms Meet. Learn more about our partners here.

2. WHY IS NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY IMPORTANT?

It offers schools an opportunity to showcase their meals and provide parents with more information about lunchtime—from what goes into getting a healthy meal on a child’s tray to what the day-to-day lunch experience is like to what new initiatives, plans, or updates are under way regarding school lunch.

3. WHAT IF MY SCHOOL CAN’T HOST LUNCH DAY ON OCTOBER 11?

No worries! If that date doesn’t work for your school, any day during National School Lunch Week (October 9-13, 2017) would be great. But anytime during the school year works well, too!

4. HOW DO WE GET THE WORD OUT?

Once you’ve decided to host National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day at your school, talk with other staff members for ideas on how to get the word out—you may want to work with the PTA, contact the local media, or post the event on your school’s Facebook page. Here is a checklist that provides more information on getting started, and here’s an invitation you can send to parents.

5. HOW CAN WE GET PARENTS INVOLVED?

There are lots of way to get parents interested and involved in KIWI’s National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day! You can send information home explaining the event and why it’s important (here’s an example of an invitation), put out a call for parent volunteers, and send them a link to this parent toolkit, which is full of information about participating in Lunch Day.

6. WHAT SHOULD BE ON THE MENU DURING THE EVENT?

It’s up to you! You can serve what would normally be on the menu that day, highlight a great meal the cafeteria serves, or provide a sampling of a variety of foods students eat each week.

7. WHAT DO WE DO ON NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY—BESIDES SERVE LUNCH?

The event is a chance to highlight all the great work your school is doing to provide healthy—and delicious—meals to students. Along with serving lunch, you can have a member of the food service staff give a presentation about the lunch program or invite a guest speaker, such as a local farmer or nutrition expert, to talk to parents and kids. You may also want to have entertainment, such as a student performance.

8. WHAT IF WE’RE NOT ABLE TO HAVE THE ENTIRE SCHOOL PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT?

While it would be great to have everyone involved, you can tailor the event to fit the needs of your school. For example, you can have just the oldest or youngest grade in the school participate. And if a parent or guardian is unable to attend, you can open the event up to grandparents or other family members.

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