“The well nourished school child is a better student.”

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Food Service Professionals

For food service workers, safety is the name of the game. These workers need to provide nutritious meals to students multiple times a day, and make sure that the food is prepared according to food safety laws. More than 29 million children eat lunch at public schools everyday.

Research shows that good nutrition enables students to meet their educational and physical potential. However, it’s the people in the kitchen (read more) that really make the state’s food programs work. CSEA is proud to represent thousands of food service employees statewide.

President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law in 1946. “The well nourished school child is a better student.” Truman said. “He is healthier and more alert. He is developing good food habits that will benefit him for the rest of his life. In short, he is a better asset for his country in every way.”

Our school cafeterias, food preparation centers and the caring employees who work in them all play a critical role in the educational process by providing nutritious meals for children.

Cooks, servers, clerks and delivery drivers all work hard to cut costs and maintain efficient, safe and healthy food service programs. In fact, more than 95 percent of all California school menus analyzed by the government met or exceeded federal targets for important vitamins and nutrients.

Many times the meal students receive at school are the best or only meal they will get each day. Without food, they cannot learn. Research shows good nutrition enables students to meet their educational and physical potential.

Our schools serve more meals each day than all the restaurants in the state. However, it’s the people in the kitchens who really make the state’s food programs work. Food service workers prepare meals for thousands of students and then serve it and even clean up afterwards.

During CSEW, I plan to continue with more profiles and stories about the work that we do.

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