It Takes a Village

By Moraima Castaneda and Allison Daniel

Believe it or not there’s a lot that goes into the preparation of our school lunches. Each day, the cafeteria staff must start food prep by 7:00am. The lunch staff serves roughly 406 students every day, with about 300 for lunch and the remainder for breakfast and A La Carte. Each of the 300 lunches are prepared from scratch,  not just microwaved as many students believe. The food options at lunch come from Chartwell, a food business, and Chartwell follows the guidelines from the National School Lunch Program. There are about 7 different choices for lunch each day, everything from pizza to Mexican or Chinese cuisine. Our lunch staff is open to any suggestions, and they are willing to take ideas to Chartwell for approval.

We interviewed Faylene Edens, head of the kitchen staff. When asked how she deals with negative comments about the food her and her staff make, she stated, “We are doing our best.  If we can change something, we will,” She wants students to be understanding and appreciative of their hard work. Our school needs to realize that the lunch crew is short staffed, and that they are working very hard to provide healthy meals every day. Don’t take our lunches for granted, for there is a very devoted and hardworking staff in the kitchen providing us with the best lunches of their ability. Remember to thank our kitchen staff. Because when it comes to school lunches, it takes a village.


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