National School Lunch Program - The Produce Moms

According to the USDA Website:  The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

It is with great pride that I serve as a community partner to Indianapolis Public Schools’ Foodservice Division.  Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is the state of Indiana’s largest school district.  There are currently 61 schools in IPS & every day over 26,000 lunches are served in the district’s cafeterias.  IPS participates in the following USDA Programs:

88% of IPS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.  This statistic is on-par with other urban school districts across the United States.

I believe IPS provides students with the necessary nutrition to perform in an academic setting.  Nutritional integrity & food safety standards are the primary focus in IPS’ Foodservice Division.  The department’s mission is “To provide students with nutritious meals they will enjoy and at the lowest possible cost to students, parents, and taxpayers.”

Stay tuned & together we will dive into IPS Foodservice operations and offerings.  I will help you understand the USDA’s dedication to the health and nutritional needs of our nation’s children through school meals.

My son doesn’t have a lunchbox.  He goes to school with lunch money.

xoxo Produce Mom

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, MarthaStewart.com, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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