It fills me with great pleasure that I get an opportunity to recognize WSD’s excellent Nutrition Services team in the Employee Spotlight of this week’s newsletter. I realize school districts usually celebrate the nutrition services department in May during School Lunch Hero Day but honestly, I couldn’t wait until then to shine the spotlight on this wonderful and hardworking team.
When WSD schools closed because of COVID-19, the nutritional service department rearranged their daily work-routines and schedules in some cases to keep their services flowing to our families. Their services are especially important to Title I school districts where daily nutrition is part of the education we provide.
Since late March of this year, the nutrition services staff have been preparing thousands of to-go lunches on a weekly basis for pick-up at several of the lunch curbside pickup spots around WSD. Their weekly schedules vary but on most days they start early at 6 a.m. and begin their routine that feeds thousands of students each week.
“Our nutrition staff has been on the front lines serving meals to the families in our community for generations and during this global pandemic, it has been no different,” said Nutrition Services Supervisor Chelsea Allen. “I want to thank my staff for showing up for our community. Their resiliency, compassion, and dedication to feeding our students is compelling.”
The nutritional services staff, or the “lunch ladies” as most of our students call them, play an important role in the lives of our students. They are usually the first in nourishing our students so they are prepared to learn. Words of encouragement offered at lunchtime go a long way for some students.
As we clearly know, this year has been difficult for all, students, families, teachers, and staff. Our classified staff made sure that our system continued to function smoothly for our students. They adapted to serve the needs of our community, students, and families.
Nutritional Service Department, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our community and for being there when WSD has needed you.