Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, Poudre School District Child Nutrition professionals have a lot on their plates.
To celebrate their hard work and commitment, PSD is recognizing School Lunch Hero Day on May 7. Celebrated annually since 2013, 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 Craig Schneider, director of PSD Child Nutrition.
Throughout the pandemic, staff have braved heat, wind and snow to ensure that PSD students have nutritious meals every day. Child Nutrition team members rode on school buses, driven by PSD Transportation Department staff, to remote locations and handed out meals to families from school parking lots. This year, all PSD students could receive both breakfast and lunch at no cost through special waivers provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
For some students, school lunch is the most nutrient-rich meal of their day. PSD’s Child Nutrition team members currently make an average of 15,500 meals per day. PSD menus meet or exceed all USDA regulations.
Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias 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. PSD continues to provide fresh fruits and veggies daily, as well as both hot and cold breakfast and lunch options.
To learn more about PSD’s Child Nutrition program, visit the school meals web page.