Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Milford School District nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Milford schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 1. 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 nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.
“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 Sharon R. Forrest, RDN. 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 Milford School District is providing meals at 4 locations during this COVID-19 pandemic. Meals are being served using a drive through model, whereby families can pick up two days’ worth of meals at a time, limiting the necessity for daily trips. These meals are prepared, packed and delivered by school nutrition staff with assistance from the custodians. In the past month, we have prepared over 16,000 breakfasts and 17,500 lunches. The staff members have been working tirelessly through this pandemic and we want to show our appreciation for their hard-earned work, not only for what they are doing now, but throughout the year, serving the children of our communities. Meals can be picked up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am-12:30pm. Pick-up locations are at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, Mispillion Elementary School, Morris Early Childhood, and Mt Zion African Methodist Church.