From the Cafeteria of Justice! : School Lunch Hero Day Stories
Art © 2013 Jarrett J. Krosoczka 

From the Cafeteria of Justice!

by School Lunch Hero Day on 02/20/13

  • Cathy Anderson of Moneta Elementary in Bedford, Virginia, started "Tasteful Tuesdays" at her school. Every Tuesday she introduces students to a different vegetable or fruit from pumpkin to pomegranates.  She educates the students on where the food comes from, how it'’s grown and prepared, and what it does for the body.
  • The cafeteria staff of Larsen Middle School in Elgin, Illinois pulled out all the stops to transform their cafeteria into the "Larsen Lancer Lounge Luau" using festive decorations, complete with a grass hut and a tiki bar. The staff, decked out in grass skirts, served tropical drinks, made with 100% fruit juice, garnished with fresh pineapple and strawberry slices. Students were greeted with "Aloha" and their very own leis. The students and the staff loved it!
  • Sailorway Middle School's (Ohio) Cafeteria Manager Evie Hess realized many of the fourth graders weren't taking the fresh produce so she decided to mix up the menu.  Evie ordered fresh strawberries and baby spinach and served them with low fat poppy seed dressing. The class scooped up every single serving and students were asking for more the rest of the week!

  • Kathie Sardeson of Lassen View Elementary (California) eagerly took on new tasks when her school began offering free breakfast for all students and launched a new mid-morning, healthy snack cart for students.  Kathie enjoys experimenting with new recipes that add nutrition, color and taste appeal to the menu.  Kids love her "Fear Factor Smoothie" made with fruit, yogurt and leafy greens, and she even convinced students to try Kale Chips during a recent "Harvest of the Month" taste test.  



Comments (7)

1. Lea Klein said on 4/24/13 - 09:27AM
Cathy Clerico and the school cafeteria staff at Francis A. Desmares Elementary School work tirelessly to promote good nutrition. They developed a school breakfast program that includes almost 100 students each day. They use fresh produce grown in the school garden, incorporating it into healthy and delicious meals for the children. The children really enjoy all of the extra time and effort they put in every day.
2. Karen Johnson said on 5/2/13 - 08:26AM
I am so proud and honored to work alongside so many super hero's that feed children everyday in Yuma School District One Yuma, Arizona. Come rain, come shine - these hero's serve our students and have embraced our awareness of fruits and vegetables for healthy lifestyles. These heroes have participated in a pilot program this year focusing on student's learning about the health benefits of adding more fruits and vegetables - the students focus on one a fruit/vegetable each week with staff dressing up and student's wearing the color of most of the fruits/vegetables - you should have seen one school yesterday all wearing RED in honor of celebrating the health benefits of strawberries - it was amazing - people from the community stopped by - classrooms made signage for the campus and the cafeteria was decorated throughout with pictures and stories of strawberries - these are certainly super heroes that go above and beyond for their students!
3. Angela Lambert Gobble said on 5/2/13 - 04:01PM
I would love to celebrate the Child Nutrition Staff at North Rowan Middle School in Spencer North Carolina. They are truly such hard workers that feed more than breakfast and lunch to a great group of students. They also dish up smiles and hugs and such heart for this school. There are not sufficient words to thank them for their dedication. And how blessed I am to work with a group that has such heart and caring spirits and they always go far beyond their jobs to do what is best for our precious customers. So a shout out of thanks to Lori, Audrey, Sylvia, Frances, Dee, and Holly!!!!! And another shout out of thanks to our central office staff....without your support we could not do what we do without you!!! And a thanks to everyone at the school, as we are proud to be "Partners In Education" with you!
4. Jenilee McComb said on 5/3/13 - 11:18AM
Colleen Dietz is our amazing Social Media wizard for our Child Nutrition Program in Provo School District(Utah). She works incredible magic as she brings our Child Nutrition Program to life on our facebook page (ITSMeals at Provo School District). She showcases our fabulous meals with infinite care and recognizes our amazing Child Nutrition Professionals. This is a perfect day to recognize Colleen, her beautiful spirit, her love of our program, her excellence, and her innovative vision! She is definitely a 'Lunch Lady Superhero!'
5. Eloise VanCamp said on 5/3/13 - 03:47PM
I would like to celebrate my dear mother that was chief cook with only one lady helping her to feed grades 1-8 in a two story red brick building in the 50-60's to all us baby boomers. Everything was made from scratch as we say in the south. To this day people still talk about her cooking, saying she was the best ever. The milkman told me he use to make sure his route took him by there for lunch every day. They worked so hard. Can you imagine just 2 women doing all the cooking, cleaning, planning, etc. for all those kids. Then she would gather her stuff up and walk home at the end of the day. She was truly one of a kind. Best cook ever and she loved all her kiddos and watched over them all as if they were hers.
6. Vicky Gasparini said on 5/3/13 - 04:58PM
Our day at Armstrong High School in Robbinsdale District #281 in Minnesota started out with an e-mail to celebrate School Lunch Super Hero day with fun fruit and vegetable jokes. We all got a kick out of them. Then we had to kick into Superhero mode, about 20 minutes before we were to start serving our 1083 lunches we lost power to the entire school. All the super hero's in my kitchen started the thinking process of what we were going to do to feed the students. As it turned out after about a 45 minute outage we had power restored and were able to in less than a half hour be ready to serve everyone as usual. Though lunch was a little late we did get many thanks from staff and students for making lunch happen. That is our Super Hero story.
7. Ms. Greenleaf said on 3/31/14 - 09:36AM
Several years ago, while eating in our school lunchroom, I choked on a meatball. I panicked, but one of our school lunch ladies jumped right into action. Without a second of hesitation, she performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved my life. Ms. Velasquez, you will always be my hero!

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