Rio Grande City Mayor Joel Villarreal and the RGC Fire Department & Emergency Management donned hairnets, gloves, and aprons and volunteered to serve lunch to students at General Ricardo Sanchez Elementary in celebration of National School Lunch Week.
"The RGCGISD Child Nutrition Program faculty and staff do a great job serving the students of our community a hot lunch every day, rain or shine, and we would like to recognize them for their continued dedication and commitment to our community," stated Rio Grande City Mayor Joel Villarreal.
Hairnets, gloves and aprons are an important part of food safety in a cafeteria setting. They help prevent hair from falling into food and potentially contaminating it with bacteria or other harmful pathogens.
National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is an annual event celebrated in the United States to promote the importance of healthy school lunches in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. It was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
NSLW is celebrated during the second week of October each year.
Throughout the week, schools can promote healthy eating habits and encourage students to make nutritious choices. It also provides an opportunity for schools to showcase their food service programs and highlight the hard work of cafeteria staff.