National School Lunch Campaign


NSLW MENU CHALLENGE - Winner Announcement Coming Soon!

In honor of National School Lunch Week (Oct. 12-16), the National School Lunch Week Menu Challenge, asks your students to design their dream school lunch. But, there are no french fries and pizza on this menu. We want your students to create a lunch menu that is equal parts delicious, sustainable, and healthy. The Challenge is open to any middle school and high school team in the nation. In the Menu Challenge toolkit, we provide resources and information to help your students along the way.

All Menu Challenge submissions are due October 30th at 11:59 PM.
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For Menu Challenge Submissions, teams must:

- Consist of between 2 and 5 students.
- Currently enrolled as 6th-12th grade students.
- Provide a creative, healthy, and sustainable menu for one school lunch.
- Ensure that their content is original.
- Proportion their lunch menu for one individual. Keep this in mind for nutritional and carbon footprint measurements!
- Fill out and submit the Justification table to show their work.

Let your fellow educators, staff, and students know about this opportunity!

NSLW Toolkit


Click for Information table form

Click for example justification table

Our National School Lunch Campaign

Children's health and nutrition in the U.S. is in a state of crisis that affects our nation's educational success, job readiness, global competitiveness, the surging cost of healthcare, and environmental sustainability.

Children spend two-thirds of their waking hours in schools. Schools also provide 50% of kids' meals, schools offer the best opportunity to improve children's health significantly to help make better meal choices in school and at home.

Recognizing this, Congress and the president established National School Lunch Week (NSLW). However, the opportunity to substantively implement National School Lunch programming during that week and beyond has gone untapped.

Earth Day Network has launched our multi-faceted National School Lunch Campaign to change that.

Pledge to NSLW