A school district’s recent award for nutritional excellence prompted actress Natalie Portman to send a letter congratulating the superintendent. Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Unified School District won the grand prize at the 2011 Golden Carrot Awards, which is physician-judged award that recognizes healthy school lunch programs.
After hearing about the award, new mom and vegetarian Natalie Portman wrote the district’s superintendent. “I was thrilled to hear about the Los Angeles Unified School District’s revamped lunch menu,” Portman wrote. “Schools play a critical role. They can help teach children healthy behaviors—and they can also support these behaviors on a daily basis by providing more fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods, along with opportunities for physical activity.”
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This isn’t the first children’s food program that caught Portman’s attention. The Oscar-winning actress also supports the Lunchbox Fund, which has worked to provide a daily meal to children in South Africa since 2004. For more information, go to www.thelunchboxfund.org