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By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

Trousdale County’s school nutrition staff strives to make mealtime the favorite part of every student’s day. From their friendly greetings in the cafeteria to the love they dish out with every student’s meal, they encourage kids to eat healthier and include more fruits and vegetables. Our school nutrition employees are truly the heroes of our school lunch program, and breakfast too!

On Friday, May 3, our school nutrition staff will be sporting new T-shirts to help everyone remember that it is School Lunch Hero Day. We hope our students and staff will take time to show their appreciation for their school nutrition staff as part of the day. A simple “Thank You” for a job well done goes a long way toward encouraging those who work hard every day. Between preparing healthy meals, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, our school nutrition staff has a lot on its plate.

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In Trousdale County, school nutrition staff members have been mixing up the menu and getting students excited about trying healthier choices. One of the fun things we have done this year is “Taste Tests” before products are added to the menu. Our students at Jim Satterfield Middle School and Trousdale County High School have done a great job this year and their input has been a big help to our school nutrition program.

Under updated federal nutrition standards, school nutrition staff offers 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.

School Lunch Hero Day is a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series and the School Nutrition. Inspired by his own childhood school lunch hero, Jean J. Cariglia, 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. Creative ideas, downloads in English and Spanish and details are available at SchoolLunchHeroDay.com.

To find out more about Trousdale County School’s School Nutrition Program, visit tcschools.org and click on the School Nutrition link.