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Hurray for the Heroes of the Cafeteria!
Hurray for the Heroes of the Cafeteria!
Depew Union Free School District
Friday, May 05, 2017

The cafeteria staff at Depew’s three schools got a hero’s welcome today (May 5) when they entered the lunch room. As part of the third annual celebration, students and staff at all buildings will show their appreciation to their lunch ladies with necklaces, special treats and sub sandwiches, flowers and handmade thank you notes.

Check out the Buffalo News coverage of the event and much more about our great school meal program.Click here to read the article.

Friday, May 5 is School Lunch Hero Day, a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series, the School Nutrition Association and Random House Children’s Books. Inspired by his own childhood school lunch hero, Jean J. Cariglia, Jarrett J. Krosoczka created the popular LUNCH LADY series of graphic novels for kids, starring a crime-fighting school nutrition professional and her faithful sidekick, Betty.

“People often don't understand the complexities of school breakfasts and lunches. Lunch ladies aren't just grabbing whatever they have on hand and throwing it on the steam table. Quite the opposite; school lunch is arguably the most regulated, thought-about and highly planned meal in America,” said Barbara Albi, Depew’s Food Service Director.

 During the 2015-16 school year, Albi and her staff served 111,723 breakfasts and 149,745 lunches at Depew schools.

 “The cafeteria staff of Depew Schools consistently strives to make lunchtime the favorite part of every student’s day,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rabey, superintendent.  “From their warm and compassionate welcoming environment that they provide in the cafeteria to the personal touch that they deliver with every student’s meal, to how they encourage our kids to eat healthier; Depew's nutritional professionals are truly heroes to our school-community and deserve to be recognized.”

Between preparing healthy meals, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Depew’s nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. 

 “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,” said Albi.  “It’s really a very simple recipe: research shows that kids who eat well learn better.  So the hard work that gets done in our school cafeterias every day isn’t just about preparing and serving meals to our kids.  It’s also about helping to make good education possible.”