This week is School Nutrition Employee Week and today, May 7 we celebrate School Lunch Hero Day to recognize and commend the over 200 Student Nutrition Services workers who work hard every day to provide a dignified meal experience for our students.
During this pandemic, SFUSD’s Dining Staff and food delivery drivers have displayed commitment and extreme flexibility in order to consistently increase services and fill the nutrition gap for San Francisco’s children, as one in five children in San Francisco were living in food insecure homes prior to the pandemic. The SFUSD dining staff has served more than 6 million meals since the start of the pandemic.
Student Nutrition Services workers at Mission High were acknowledged at an event with SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews and SF Board of Education President Gabriela Lopez to celebrate 6 million meals served by SFUSD dining staff since the start of the pandemic.
Nutritious school meals enable our students to live healthy lives and thrive inside and outside the classroom. Studies show that students who participate in the school meal program tend to perform better in school, have better attendance, and exhibit fewer behavior problems. Student Nutrition Services is providing meals for students back in in-person learning as well as continuing Grab and Go meal service for those in distance learning.
Today and every day, we would like to thank our dedicated SFUSD Student Nutrition Services team for their service on the frontlines of our COVID-19 response efforts, and for their tireless efforts to provide healthy meals to children. Be sure to share your appreciation by tagging @SFUSDSchoolFood on social media and using #SchoolLunchHeroDay.