Lee County’s school nutrition professionals have had a lot on their plate between serving thousands of kids through the COVID-19 emergency, preparing healthy food, adhering to nutrition standards, and offering service with a smile.
To celebrate their hard work and commitment, The School District of Lee County will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day by encouraging community members to make signs, write cards and find other creative ways to say thank you when coming to pick up “Grab & Go” meals on May 1.
“Our staff is a team of dedicated, hard-working, generous people who work hard throughout the year,” said Food & Nutrition Services Director Lauren Couchois. “However, this unprecedented time has shown just how dedicated and how much they care for the students they serve. It has become clearer than ever that they are my superheroes and I feel we could never do enough to show how much we truly appreciate all that they do and give every day.”
Lee County food service staff are serving more than 24,000 meals per day at dozens of schools, bus stops and community organizations to ensure families still have access to nutritious meals. The families being served are being asked to show their support by bringing their signs, cards, spirit and more to the “Grab & Go” location they regularly use.
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School Lunch Hero Day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. 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, according to Lee County School District.
The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.
To learn more about the school nutrition program for Lee County, visit the Food & Nutrition Services section of www.LeeSchools.net