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.
"I would like to submit a short story about Deb Pacholke, our head cook.
Deb works very hard to provide our K-12 school with healthy, nutritional meals. She is constantly looking up new ideas and recipes to make and everyone raves about her cooking. She has a bubbly personality and loves being with kids of all ages. She even decorates the kitchen for the different holidays: Halloween is her favorite, the kids look forward to her "haunted house" every year! She is a tremendous asset to our school and our kids."
- Carrie Petersen, Northern Cass School, Hunter, ND
"I cant pick just one of my ladies doing great work. I have nine ladies that are the most loving, dedicated, hardworking women I know, They give 110% of themselves on a daily basis to the students that they serve and to each other. They make every effort to smile and encourage the kids to try new things to listen to their stories as they go through the line and be a positive point in the small lives they serve. They are the reason I am proud to call myself a lunch lady."
-Kim Hollar, Henrietta ISD, Henrietta, TX
"Our high school participation has been down over the past few years due to the new guidelines. The kitchen manager spent her own time this summer making changes in the Cafe' to make a more adult atmosphere for the students. She bought and painted big wooded letters that say Traip Cafe and attached to the wall. We went to used restaurant warehouses and bought several high top tables. A local restaurant donated china dishes. The students are enjoying the new atmosphere and participation is slowly increasing. Sue, Kitchen manager, is also making tasty breakfast treats every day to entice the students to venture in early. Breakfast participation is also slowly increasing."
-Wendy Collins, Kittery School Dept., Kittery, ME
"Our High School Kitchen Manager, Val Daniel, volunteered to coach the culinary class in a cooking competition. He taught the students how to prepare authentic Hawaiian foods. He is always giving and willing to share."
- Cheri Meeker, Newberg Public Schools, Newberg, OR
Coming soon: More great stories from school food service!