National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week


Marcia Gray: We get here very early, 5:45,
and we come in waves. Some girls come in a little bit later, some
come real early. (music) You get the perception that you just come
and you get things out of a freezer and you throw it in an oven and then it’s made for
the day. And that’s not really how it goes. Jenna Kaczmarski: We do a lot with Fresh From
Florida. We are so fortunate to live in Florida where
we can get produce right here within our own state throughout the winter months. And we do corn, and green beans, and strawberries,
and tomatoes and all kinds of different products that we provide to our students that are right
here from Florida. Charlotte Cassidy: Ok. I’m putting it on ‘stir’ because anything
faster than that and you’re gonna wear it. Kaczmarski: So during National School Lunch
week we want the community members to know how much we appreciate everything our school
lunchroom staff are doing for our students every day. They are preparing food from scratch, washing
and cutting produce, and making fresh salads and lots of nutritional, high-quality foods
for our students. Gray: We serve so many different entrees a
day. Amanda Monroe: We usually feed around 1,200
total between all entrees that we make. We make around 13 different entrees every
day, which salad bar itself makes a good eight to ten different entrees just themselves. Then we have the sandwich line which has a
different five. It just depends. It varies on the day and it varies on what
the menu says. Kaczmarski: Each and every day we’re serving
about 32,000 breakfasts and 65,000 lunches. So it’s millions and millions of meals for
the year, and pounds and pounds of fresh corn-on-the-cob that we source locally, or green beans and the amounts are quite overwhelming when you really look at it. Helen Brandenburg: Most of my kids we started
with kindergarten. And then you see them grow. It is just like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ And the one thing I like about my job too,
knowing… I don’t want to cry… that those kids are
going home with their stomach full. And I like that. Sorry. Charlotte Cassidy: Really there are more thank
you’s than we have ever counted I think, and sometimes they take you by surprise. ‘Thank you for the meal and your efforts
today.’ And it makes us feel good to know that they’re
really noticing.

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