Guernsey-Sunrise– Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Platte Co. #2 nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.
To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Platte Co. #2schools celebrated School Lunch Hero Day on May 4. 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 for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.
All across the school district, school nutrition professionals were honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community. “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 for the community to thank these hardworking heroes” said Dawndrea Daly, Guernsey’s Food Service 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.
Our Food Service Coordinator was named Outstanding New Food Service Director of 2017-2018 and has recently achieved Level 3 Certification through the School Nutrition Association. The kitchen staff has gone back to scratch cooking for more than half of their food items.