Athens City Schools recognizes school lunch heroes serving healthy meals

CNP  ATHENS, Alabama, May 3, 2019 --- Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Athens City Schools (ACS) child nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, ACS celebrates School Lunch Hero Day on May 3.


This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.


All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards and recognition from students, school staff, parents and the community.


“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hard working heroes” said Tandy Norris, ACS Child Nutrition Program Coordinator.


Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.  


The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day. Every day in ACS, more than 5,000 meals are served to over 4,550 students by a team of 34 child nutrition professionals.


The SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 57,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit

To learn more about the ACS school nutrition program for, visit