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It’s National School Lunch Week!

Published October 18, 2018

It’s National School Lunch Week!

This week at Gourmet Gorilla, we are excited to highlight the National School Lunch Program! Not sure what that is? Read on to find out more!

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established in 1946 by President Harry Truman. Over the years, the NSLP has provided millions of children with nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches each school day. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy created the National School Lunch Week, which takes place THIS WEEK!

Not only is it National School Lunch Week, October is National Farm to School MONTH. That’s right, a whole month dedicated to advocacy and community outreach, bringing local food sourcing to schools near you.

At Gourmet Gorilla, we strive to provide quality, great tasting meals that are also locally sourced and nutritionally balanced that kids of all ages will enjoy. We have Registered Dietitian Nutritionists on staff to ensure we are meeting NSLP guidelines and our food is kid approved. Our Purchasing Manager works hard to source local and organic foods that come from the Midwest. Our entire team is diligent in making sure that the food we provide for the kids is top notch.

Bring one of our favorite meals home by using our in house mac n cheese recipe:

Creamy Mac n Cheese


Cook Time: 30-60 mins

Yield: 4 Servings


1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon flour

¼ tsp sea salt

¾ cup whole milk

½ cup shredded American Cheese

¼ cup shredded Cheddar Cheese

¾ cup Elbow Noodles



Preheat oven to 350 (optional, if you would like to bake mac n cheese).

Heat butter in small skillet. Add flour and mix with flour until it forms a thick rue (until there is no more white dry flour, and it become paste-like).

Slowly add milk to heated skillet and stir until dissolved. Keep on medium low heat with a lid, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick (about 15 minutes).

Boil water for pasta. Cook until elbow pasta is al dente (about 7 minutes).

Once mixture has reached a thick consistency add shredded American and Cheddar Cheese slowly, stirring to combine.

Add salt.

Combine pasta and cheese sauce together.

Option to bake for 25 minutes until warm and slightly brown on top.


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