This week is National School Lunch Week, and Lufkin ISD is highlighting the importance of school lunches. Lufkin ISD has 100 plus employees who plan, prepare and serve food for approximately 5,600 students every day. The theme this year is “School Lunch: Recipes for Success”.

Some of the high school favorite recipes are tornadoes (similar to a beef flauta), nachos and double cheeseburgers. New to the menu this year are popcorn shrimp, Mexican pizza and beef & chicken empanadas.

Amanda Calk, Student Nutrition Services Director, said, “Our recipe for success is student feedback. It is critical in determining what makes it on the menu.  We discuss with the campus managers what their kids want. It’s our goal to provide “kid friendly” menus to ensure that kids are actually eating the food and not throwing it away.  If kids are hungry, they aren’t focused. If they’re not focused, they can’t learn.”

To help choose new menu items and products, the Region 5 Food Service Coop is hosting an East Texas Food Show on October 12th from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. There is no charge for admission and CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

For more information about National School Lunch Week, CLICK HERE.