Friday, May 1, 2020 is National School Lunch Hero Day, showcasing those who prepare healthy meals while adhering to strict nutrition standards and pay close attention to student food allergies. It has been celebrated since 2013, at the urging of New York Times bestselling children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka, renowned for his Lunch Lady Series books.
SCUC ISD recognizes the 118 employees who make up the Child Nutrition Department. Before the coronavirus-imposed imposed closing of schools, department employees were serving an average of 12,000 meals per day.
During the shutdown, 46 of the district’s Child Nutrition staff have served an average of 10,000 meals per week through the one distribution site and five “grab and go” mobile sites to community residents ages 18 and under and persons over 18 years of age who are determined by the state or local education agency as having a mental or physical disability.
“Our Child Nutrition workers were doing heroic work every day before the COVID-19 pandemic closed our schools,” said Dr. Clark Ealy, Superintendent of Schools. “But their tireless efforts to make sure our students do not have to undergo food insecurity issues during the shutdown speaks to their courage and unselfishness. I am in awe of their servant heart.”
SCUC ISD salutes its’ School Lunch Heroes, who understand the cafeteria is the first place many students enter on a school day. Our Child Nutrition employees understand the well-being of students, and keeping them safe, secure and happy while serving them good and delicious food is a priority to every one of them.