DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – 30 million children receive school lunch or school breakfast every day, but behind those meals is an army of hard workers who plan, prep, and cook to get your kids ready for their day.
The lunch service crew are considered the ‘unsung heroes’ in the Depew Union Free School District.
When the day kicks off at Depew Middle School-These kids are hungry for breakfast, and to get their day going. They’re also craving the attention from the women who serve it to them.
Barbara Albi, Food Service Director for the Depew UFSD Food Service Department says, “We see them on their sad days and we see them on their happy days and we see them when their dressed up nice and we always try to make them feel good when they come through- and my girls are wonderful at that,” So today the students wanted to return the favor, and say, “thank you.”
From costumes galore and posters to a slideshow and home-made “super hero” aprons all to celebrate “School Lunch Hero Day.”
Jo Bronke has worked at Depew Middle School for 26 years. “Today is special- it’s a day of recognition for people like us who just come- do the job that you love to do- feed the kids and go back to doing it,” Bronke says.
She says she is touched by the students work today. “I feel emotional. I didn’t expect all of these emotions to come out- we went out there and were presented with cards and all of this stuff. It’s wonderful.” The Food Service Director says this job is no easy feat.
But the kids say: To them they are super heroes. Jessica Kapino a 6th Grader at Depew Middle School says, “We really appreciate what the lunch ladies do for us!” Abby Silby, also a 6th Grader at Depew Middle School says, “They’re like our second family because they take care of us and everything, and taking care of us isn’t really an easy job!”
The Food Service Director says they are one of the most regulated services in the united states.