Schools across the nation are celebrating National School Lunch Week this week, Oct. 12-16.
The National School Lunch Program is a federally-assisted meal program operating in more than 100,000 public and private schools in the nation.
The state of Georgia averages 1,032,365 lunches daily. Average daily participation in the Muscogee County School District's lunch program for the 2008-2009 school year was 24,217.
In Georgia, all school nutrition employees receive 10 hours of sanitation training within their first year of work and ongoing education training is required each year.
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Many employees are also trained in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and ServSafe. The Muscogee County School District has 52 school nutrition managers that are ServSafe certified, 10 assistant managers ServSafe certified and one culinary technician that is ServSafe certified.
School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends that no more than 30 percent of calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.