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October News from SLA, our Food Service Provider
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Saturday, October 06, 2018
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"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." 
-- Albert Camus

In between sweltering summer and chilly winter, Autumn is known as the "cooling off" season. Autumn is also a period that is known for brisk weather, harvest time, changing leaves, shorter days, and longer nights.

For farmers, fall is a time of reaping the crops planted earlier in the year--the gathering of natures' bounty. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are tastier, more nourishing, and fresher than food eaten outside of season. Check out our Harvest of the Month feature on your Cafeteria Hub® to learn about seasonal produce available in your community, along with a recipe to try yourself.

For students, October is usually the month when they have fully adjusted to being back in school and are settling into their academic routine. As you and your family go about your days this month, take a minute to feel the air cooling, view the changing foliage, or sip on that frothy pumpkin spice latte!

Cookies for Cans!

Early this November, SLA will be holding it's annual week-long food drive, "Cookies for Cans" at participating schools. Our mission is to fight hunger in our schools' communities. Last year we were able to donate over 8,000 cans to local charities!
**Please keep an eye out for the specific dates & details for your school.**
Making a Difference!
Last year...
We were able to collect over 8,000 cans with our partner schools! On top of that, as promised, SLA sent a matching donation of $1 per can collected, to Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico, to aid schools and communities devastated by Hurricane Maria. Shown here are a few of the dozens of thank you notes we share with you, along with some images of the students who benefited from the donation. 
Please help us spread the word about the significance of this service project in your community and beyond!

Fall is breathtaking! Take advantage of the season by planning some fun family activities!
1. Host a bonfire. On a chilly night, or even a not-so-chilly night, heat up a fire pit and roast some hot dogs and s'mores.

2. Go apple picking. Visit a local orchard to gather apples to bring home for eating and cooking. Some great seasonal options to try are rustic cider, smooth apple butter, or flaky apple tarts.

3.  Take your family to new heights. Drive or hike to the highest point in your area. Autumn is beautiful on many levels!
4. Go leaf-peeping. If you live in a region where the leaves change, visit a park or trail that allows you to take full advantage of the colorful foliage.

5. Tailgate at a local sports event. Be part of time-honored American tradition and attend a tailgate party. Make sure to entertain the whole family by bringing some fun games & shareable finger food.

6. Experience a hayride. 
Go on an adventure with your family. Find a local event that offers traditional hayrides.
October Promotions
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and this year,SLA is focusing on theWeek of InclusionWe will be providing fun, table-side ice-breaker activities to encourage students to come together, share meals, and appreciate everyone's differences. We have aligned with the National Campaign, and we invite you to do the same when you use social media. Bullying can happen to anyone, almost anywhere, at any age...from the schoolyard to the internet, the classroom or lunchroom, the bus or walk home, and even work. Visit: www.stopbullying.gov for more information on prevention.
"Strong people stand up for themselves. But the strongest people stand up for others". --Unknown
 National Hispanic Heritage Month wraps up on October 15th.This celebration observes the significant presence and contributions made by Hispanic Americans in the United States. SLA has enjoyed celebrating Hispanic & Latino heritage and culture with your students. Click here to learn more.
To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million U.S. children it serves every day, we are joining with the School Nutrition Association to celebrateNational School Lunch Weekthis month. The theme this year is "School Lunch: Lots 2 Love"and SLA will be celebrating with your students by featuring two new healthy and delicious meal choices: Ham & Peach Spinach Flatbread and Ham & Peach Spinach Harvest Salad.

Did you know diet and nutrition impact children's learning ability? We want our students to be at their best, so we make sure that SLA meals follow National Guidelines for each age group we serve!

We hope you'll let us be an ingredient in your student's Recipe for Success!
Each week during October your SLA Caféwill be offering a different Specialty Pizza, along with our usual selection. We may even add the favorite to our permanent menu. It's estimated that 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. We have seen proof of this with our students--pizza is one of our top dishes! 
Let's get together and use this month's celebration as an excuse to eat more pizza!

The October
Outdoor Activity of the Month
is up on Facebook!
This month, keep an eye out for...
Harvest of the Month: October
Harvest of the Month is a feature on your SLA Cafeteria Hub® and highlights a different regionally seasonal produce item each month, including a recipe to try at home. Don't forget to check it out each month!

Community: Our Home & Our World
Oct 7 - World Smile Day
Oct 16 - Bosses' Day
Oct 26 - National Frankenstein Day
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