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School Nutrition Employee Week - Stories of School Lunch Heroes

We recently held a School Nutrition Employee Week Giveaway asking individuals to share stories of someone or a group of nutrition professionals making a difference in schools.  We received so many incredible stories, we want to share them with you throughout this month. These individuals go above and beyond each day to supply nutrition foods to our youth and encourage healthy habits. They are proud of their work and so are we! Thank you to all of you for playing such an important role in children's lives.

"The cafeteria manager for Freedom Middle School enthusiastically prepares breakfast and lunch meals for the children, staff and a guest. Teachers from other buildings often request a salad from her site due to the eye appeal and taste of the daily lunch offerings. Franklin Special School District began Breakfast in the Classroom at Freedom Middle four years ago. The participation has doubled since the program began.  Hats off to a manager willing to step up to the plate and knock it out of the park."

-Marilyn Ryan, Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN

"We have the most wonderful School Nutrition Team at Caledonia Public Schools. This year we have added so many new offerings to help students make the best healthy choices each day. Our Staff has been so accommodating and willing to work with these changes. We added breakfast at the door at our Middle/High School, 2nd Chance Breakfast at the Elementary and Middle Schools. We have rearranged our ala carte and now offer time after school for purchases before sports or other activities at the end of the day. Lynette, the ala carte cook now makes "Lighter Side Lunches" for our elementary staff.
I could not do what I do without our wonderful team, Lunch Ladies Rock!!  Middle/High team-Bonnie, Lynette, Eileen, Nancy, Wilma. Elementary team-Laura, Marion, Ruth Ann, Erna and myself.
Thank you for this opportunity to share our story...we would look really good in those aprons."

-Rita McCormick, Caledonia Public Schools, Caledonia, MN

"Susie, Debbie and Heather are 3 cooks who work in our PK-2 building. These ladies make every single day a fun day in the cafeteria for the 450 students who are in that building. Depending on the season, they totally transform the cafe by decorating for each season, wearing costumes, playing music and singing songs to all the kids as they come through the lunch line. (I need to add that they use their own money to do most of this.) When we are serving Mexican food, these ladies may be dressed up in colorful outfits, playing wonderful songs that are sung in Spanish, and entertaining (and educating) the kids at the same time. Same goes for Asian cuisine day. It's always interesting to see what they are going to do and the kids really appreciate and enjoy all of the Lunch Ladies' antics! Parents are continually calling to thank us for making lunch fun for their kids and for getting them to try different kinds of foods. The students at this particular building cannot wait for lunch!"

-Mary Jennie, Lakewood Local Schools, Hebron, OH

"I would like to tell you about our great staff member  Linda Ammons. Linda goes above and beyond to help everyone in the kitchen. She is very nice and friendly to everyone and the children just love her. She is always smiling. She has perfect attendance. That says a lot when a person shows up everyday. She loves her job and it shows."

-Wendy Bonner, Jones Co, Gray, GA

Stay tuned for more school nutrition employee stories. We will be sharing them all month long!

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