Hello, I’m Stacy Dean, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA.  

Today, FNS joins our partners and advocates to celebrate National School Lunch Hero day. It’s an opportunity to highlight the incredible commitment and dedication of our nation’s school nutrition professionals, who work tirelessly to ensure kids are fed nutritious meals each school day.

Over the past few years, school nutrition professionals have been the unsung heroes of their communities, overcoming ever-evolving challenges with creative, pandemic safe solutions, all while offering service with a smile. We know those challenges are not yet behind us, but rest assured USDA will do everything within our power to support schools and families. Your success is vital to the health and well-being of America’s children. So today and every day we recognize and celebrate school lunch heroes.

We thank you for your service, passion and devotion.

From all of us at USDA, happy National School Lunch Hero day!