Celebrating School Lunch Hero Day on May 7, 2021
Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Sumter County Board of Education nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, the district’s Child Nutrition Program (CNP) celebrated School Lunch Hero Day on May 7th with lunch being provided to CNP staff by Center Court Restaurant located in York, AL. This 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 to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day. A resolution honoring the School Lunch Heroes of Sumter County Board of Education was read by Dr. Anthony Gardner, Superintendent, at the district’s school board meeting on May 11th.
“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state, and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity to thank these hardworking heroes. This year’s celebration is extra special because we recognize the heroic efforts of school nutrition professionals across the country as we continue to do whatever it takes to feed American’s kids on the frontlines of a global pandemic” said Heather Shambry, CNP Director.
Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats. 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.
The School Lunch Heroes of Sumter County Board of Education have risen to meet demanding tasks time after time. The students of the district have been fully virtual the entire school year, and in collaboration with the district’s Transportation Department , CNP has provided 183,298 total meals (90,271 breakfasts and 93,027 lunches) over the past eight months from two preparation sites. The CNP wishes to thank all members of the district’s Transportation Department and substitutes for the district in their tireless efforts in helping to feed our most prized possessions, our students.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.