Lunch lady delivers food to students at home during pandemic

Sharon Schaefer talks about how she helped her Nebraska community by serving up healthy food while schools have been closed.
2:26 | 08/11/20

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We're back with the lunch power team making nutritious meals possible for so many Nebraska students, especially families in the financial grip of this pandemic. Hi, I'm Sharon Schaefer. I'm the food and nutrition services director for gretna public schools. When the pandemic hit our school went to e-learning. And we were still educating our students, but they were no longer in our building. Our mission in food and nutrition services is to provide them healthy, nutritious meals so they're able to learn. Our mission of fueling education did not change, but the way in which we got the food to the students it had to change. We still wanted to focus on very healthy meals, but we packed them to go and we did a drive-up service, where the families could pick up meals for several days in a row and bring them home. Gretna public schools has a relatively low, free and reduced percentage before the pandemic hit. We would be anywhere between 10% and 15% of our families qualified for free and reduced meals. Plenty of families that were in great financial standing marched 1st felt financial pressure by April 1st. Wean we were serving emergency meals at that time, we had more than 50% of our participants were seeing a financial struggle in their household. Gretna public schools plans to open back up the week of August 10th, there will be additional safeguards. We've been protecting students from bacteria and virus contamination since the origins of food safety, so we've been in very good shape for this type of situation for many, many years. I feel that the school cafeteria is probably the best equipped department to make sure that viral infections are not spread, because this isn't a new concept to us. Personally, I'm very comfortable with schools reopening at this time. I'm sending my two teenagers. One to high school and one to middle school. And I have no concerns at all. As a mom a a school nutrition professional, what I would love for people to know is that we are going to take care of your kids as well as we would take care of our own. Our thanks to Sharon and her entireeam. Coming up next -- our Dr.

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