School Lunch Hero Day – May 5
CHEROKEE – Between preparing delicious food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, USD 247 nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, USD 247 schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 5. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff, and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.
“I’m blessed to work with the best. They make my job easy.” – Connie Kimzey, USD 247 Food Service Director.
We asked our food service staff what does being a school lunch hero mean to you. This is what they said:
L to R: Jane Hollenbeck and Jalyn O’Malley, “School Lunch Heroes” at Southeast Elementary School.
“To leave a lasting good impression on those you serve.” – Jane Hollenbeck
“I feel like I make a difference in a child’s life. I love to see the smile on a kid’s face. For some kiddos, this is the only time they eat. The kiddos also make me smile.” – Jalyn O’Malley
L to R: Rosanna Ristau and Melody Brennon, “School Lunch Heroes” at the Southeast Middle School.
“I get to reach kids in a way that others don’t get to.” – Rosanna Ristau
“It’s an opportunity to interact with students each day and hope that you are making a difference in their lives.” – Melody Brennon
L to R: Gaye Clark and Lou Powell, “School Lunch Heroes” at the Southeast High School.
“After working in food service for over 23 years, I wonder why I stayed so long. That answer is the love of my job and for the kids.” – Gaye Clark
“Makes my heart very happy to know that our children are fed healthy meals. When they let us know how yummy our foods are even if it is a cheesy, stuffed crust pizza!” – Lou Powell