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October 2, 2006

Cheryl Etters
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Winn to "Vote for School Lunch"

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today will vote for school lunch at the Turlington Building in Tallahassee. The voting precedes National School Lunch Week October 9-13, 2006.

Commissioner Winn will choose from among five school lunch choices during a "Meet the Candidates" forum. Sally Salad, Heddi Spaghetti, Ricky Chicken, Pete Pizza, and Rocco Taco will vie for the most votes from Florida Department of Education employees. The characters will campaign on their platform of flavor, dietary values, and versatility to be selected "Favorite School Lunch" during National School Lunch Week.

The nationwide winner will be announced on October 9, 2006, by the School Nutrition Association. As children’s nutrition is a primary concern, the "Vote" campaign serves to educate parents and students about the nutritional programs available in schools and illustrate the many ways school lunches have evolved toward healthier choices.

The National School Lunch program, established under President Harry Truman, provides nutritionally balanced, healthy, low-cost and free meals to students that include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. National School Lunch Week raises awareness for the important role nutrition plays in the lives and educational achievement of America’s students.

The event will take place at:

12:30 p.m.
Turlington Building Lobby
325 W. Gaines Street