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APS Celebrates National School Lunch Week

More than a million and a half meals served a month.

Albuquerque Public Schools is celebrating National School Lunch Week with the theme “Get in the Game with School Lunch." On the menu are items such as Batter Up Meatballs, Super Bowl Garden Salad and Sloppy Joe DiMaggios.

"Not only is healthy eating important, but so is getting active and incorporating both into children's daily routines," said Sandra Kemp, Interim Director for Food & Nutrition Services. "That's why we chose this year's theme.'

Food Services has added several new items to its menu this year including top choices among students during taste tests conducted at several schools last year. The new items appear to be a hit. "Our score board shows that for the month of September, we served 521,834 breakfasts,  938,239 lunches, and 98,618 snacks," Kemp said.

APS also is serving dinner at six sites with nine more waiting for approval.

Menus have been adjusted over the years as nutritional guidelines have changed. "With all the changes, we still provide more than just food; we are providing healthy, nutritional meals that are served by caring food service professionals," Kemp said.

In order to serve one and a half million meals a month, APS Food & Nutrition has a staff of over 700 which includes the cooks, general helpers who wash a lot of trays and pans, drivers, nutritionist, office personnel, drivers, repair & maintenance, managers and many others who make this all possible. 

Thank you to all the APS Food & Nutrition staff.

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