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Pictured from left are just a few of the many School Lunch Heroes who have been packing and delivering food to Marshall County students: Missy Francis, Chuck McClure, Rick Kinkes, Heather Loy, Jessica Snider, Kelly Daugherty, Norma Whipkey, Sandy Kotson and Kenny Richmond.
Pictured from left are just a few of the many School Lunch Heroes who have been packing and delivering food to Marshall County students: Missy Francis, Chuck McClure, Rick Kinkes, Heather Loy, Jessica Snider, Kelly Daugherty, Norma Whipkey, Sandy Kotson and Kenny Richmond.

On Friday, May 1, 2020, the administrators of Marshall County Schools are showing their appreciation for the school nutrition staff and other service personnel members by celebrating School Lunch Hero Day, a special way to recognize the school employees and the differences they make every day.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the closure of West Virginia schools, these superheroes have continued to ensure students are still being fed. They are packing meals and then distributing them via the Marshall Mobile Food Bus, providing more than 1,500 students breakfast and lunch every week. The bus makes stops in 13 different neighborhoods every Wednesday with enough food for each student to eat until the following week’s delivery.

“Marshall County is blessed to have such a great staff of dedicated professionals who are always willing to go the extra mile,” said Marshall County School Nutrition Director Debbie Derico. “Our service personnel members have worked together with the school nutrition staff to serve meals to our students during the pandemic. Our staff always rises to the occasion for the needs of our students.”

During the regular school year, the nutrition staff of Marshall County Schools strives to make lunchtime one of the favorite parts of every student’s day. From their friendly greetings in the cafeteria and the love they dish out with every student’s meal, to how they encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, the school district’s nutrition professionals are truly heroes.

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

Under updated federal nutrition standards, school nutrition staff offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and fat free or low fat milk with school lunch. Cafeterias must also limit the sodium, calories and saturated fat in each meal.

Every year, the county’s nutrition professionals have been mixing up the menu and getting students excited about trying these healthier choices.

School Lunch Hero Day is a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADYgraphic novel series and the School Nutrition. 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.

School Lunch Hero Day gives schools and communities the opportunity to thank the school nutrition professionals who serve 30 million students each day.