Five Facts About School Meals

Five Facts About School Meals for School Lunch Hero Day
Posted on 05/03/2019
School Lunch Hero Day

Friday, May 3 is School Lunch Hero Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear a yellow shirt Friday to show the nutrition staff at your school your appreciation for all the work they do, providing nutritious meals and encouraging healthy eating habits to students and staff.  

Between preparing wholesome meals, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, the more than 1,400 nutrition professionals in the District have a lot on their plate.

Here are five facts about the District’s School Food Service Department, showing why these are true lunch heroes:

  • The School District of Palm Beach County’s School Food Service Department is the largest restaurant in Palm Beach County, serving 33.4 million meals in FY 2018.

  • School Food Service offers free suppers in 57 schools across the District. 5,160 suppers are served each day, equaling 904,000 free suppers served in FY 2017. The support programs provide meals to students in afterschool programs.

  • 2.4 million afterschool care snacks have been served this year.

  • 145 sites offer free summer school meals each year. That’s more than 783,000 free meals to anyone under 18 who visits the sites.


For creative Lunch Hero ideas, downloads and more details about the day, you can visit  Additionally, you can nominate your “School Lunch Hero” by visiting the following website:


To find out more about School District of Palm Beach County meals, visit

The School District of Palm Beach County