When Thornton paid a visit to the area, she discussed opportunities for improving the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs through reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which would affect almost 32 million kids around the country. Strengthening these programs is the legislative centerpiece of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign, according to information from the USDA. She also mentioned Saratoga Springs School District at a conference with the School Nutrition Association, which was made up of directors from across the state who came to town for training and workshops.
"It was a great opportunity and we're very honored to be recognized by the USDA and it also let parents know what we're doing because many times it's difficult to get the word out. Hopefully parents will see how good the school lunch program is and encourage children to buy meals or feel confident knowing hteir children are getting the best food possible," said Sullivan.
Currently, roughly 2,600 students buy full meals on an average school day and others buy single pieces of fruit or milk to accompany their bag lunch.