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School lunch week has basketball theme
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Riceboro City Councilman David Miller sits in for Riceboro Mayor William Austin to sign a National School Lunch Week proclamation at Midway Middle School with Principal Debra Frazier, students Khalil Walthour, Diamond Richardson, Sandra Scott, Shanelle Frazier and Brenda Morgan and Assistant Principal Thomas Willoughby. - photo by Photo provided.
The Liberty County School System is hosting “All-Star School Lunch,” an NBA-WNBA-inspired campaign to help students learn the importance of eating healthy school lunches and staying active.
The campaign culminates during National School Lunch Week, Oct. 12-16.
Mayors from Liberty County visited seven of our schools Oct. 1 to sign proclamations declaring Oct. 12-16 as National School Lunch Week in their cities.
Mayor Don Emmons of Midway visited Liberty Elementary School and Mayor James Thomas of Hinesville and Lily H. Baker, Liberty County School Board chairwoman, visited Button Gwinnett Elementary.  
Liberty County Schools serve approximately 6,000 breakfasts, 9,800 lunches and 500 after-school snacks every day, according to department director Chris Draffin.
She said the federally funded National School Lunch Program helps the schools provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost and free meals to students. The program requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards:
• Dietary guidelines dictate no more than 30 percent of calories can come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.
• Over the course of a week, lunches must provide a third of the recommended dietary allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories.
• Well-balanced school lunches must include protein, fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat milk and be served in age-appropriate portions.
Draffin said parents are welcome to visit their child’s school and participate in the celebration Oct. 12-16. Menus for the week include basketball star named dishes from LeBron James shepherds pie to Swin Cash roast beef.
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