Between preparing delicious food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Downey Unified Food Services professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Downey Unified schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 3.

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.

Across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored and recognized by students, school staff, parents and the community. We will be giving every Food Services staff member a small goodie bag and we encourage all members of our Downey Unified community to thank our Food Services team for all that they do.

“The Downey Unified Food Service staff work hard to ensure all students have access to tasty, safe and nutritious meals at school,” said Marc Milton, Director of Food Services. “These heroes deserve to be celebrated and School Lunch Hero Day gives us an additional opportunity to thank our hardworking Food Service staff for their dedication to fueling our students so they are ready to learn and achieve success every day!”

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. In Downey Unified, we offer vegetarian options daily and salad bars, featuring fresh produce at all school sites. 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.

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The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 50,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit