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Food Service Hero Day!
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Friday, May 07, 2021
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May 7, 2021, is National School Lunch Hero Day! Lunch Hero Day is a national holiday that recognizes the hardworking professionals in your school cafeterias.

Below, we have some AMAZING HLCS Food Service facts, all thanks to this dedicated team! Thank you to our Food Service Director, Jaclyn Adler for sharing these stats. 

• 90% of our K-6 students eat breakfast in the classroom with us every day. That is 220 students with full bellies ready to learn! This is 3x the number of students who ate with us pre-COVID (an average of 70-75 students between both cafeterias.)

• K-6 staff also prepare and individually box 200 lunches every day.

• As of May 5th, K-6 food service staff has prepared 44,255 meals this year (breakfast and lunch) all COVID-safe, individually packaged, and delivered to the classrooms/pods.

• Our 7-12 staff has been expertly juggling feeding in-person students, our students at home learning remotely, and community children in need since September. They recently added back our made-to-order sub bar in addition to the hot options available daily.

• As of May 5th, 7-12 food service staff has prepared 57,120 meals this year which includes in-person service and our weekly pick-ups for remote, hybrid, weekend packs, and community members.

• At the peak of our weekly pick-up service, 200 students benefited from these meals. Today, junior-senior high staff continue to package 1500 meals each week for our school and larger community.

• All of these numbers are of course in addition to the 65,000 meals the K-12 foodservice prepared for delivery last spring at the start of the Pandemic.

• We are 1 of only 2 schools in the tri-county offering the option of weekend meals for students and the community. This ensures 4 healthy and nutritious meals for students to enjoy on non-school days and extra help to families with hungry children in our community. We are also the only district in the tri-county serving weekend meals with open enrollment, meaning families in need whose children are not yet school age or who choose to homeschool their children can still participate in our program.

Thank you as always for your support and encouragement during these challenging times. If you have any questions about our program, feel free to reach out to me. 

Jaclyn Adler, MS RDN
Food Service Director