Food service team honors ‘School Lunch Heroes’ serving meals

May 5, 2016

CFISD’s food service department, through nutrition professionals at cafeteria’s like Thornton Middle School, serve more than 113,000 nutritious breakfast and lunches daily.

May 5, 2016—Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, CFISD nutrition professionals have a lot on their plates. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, district schools will celebrate “School Lunch Hero Day” on May 6.

This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.


All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards and recognition from students, school staff, parents and the community.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes” said Darin Crawford, food service department director.

Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats. 

The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well-documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day. The food service department serves more than 113,000 nutritious breakfasts and lunches daily, a total of about 20 million meals per year, at all 86 CFISD campuses.

Learn more about School Lunch Hero Day at

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