School Lunch Hero Day 2024

Between preparing delicious food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, the team of nutrition professionals at Middletown Public Schools (MPS) have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, MPS will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 3, 2024.

This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association 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 nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.

On Friday, May 3, 2024, all across the district of Middletown Public Schools, school nutrition professionals will be honored and recognized by 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 our schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes for their dedication to fueling our students for success,” said Randall Mel, Food and Nutrition Manage and District Wellness Coordinator for Middletown Public Schools.

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. It is a point of pride for Middletown Public Schools that provides universally free breakfast and lunch to all of its kindergarten through 12 grade students; this is thanks to the district being a CEP district. (More on this here:

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