School Cooks Feed A Thousand Kids A Day

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Serving lunch for a thousand people a day can be challenge.

But yet, everyday students line up outside the cafeteria waiting to fill their trays.

Students like to have choices.

“We implemented 3 hot choices a day, pizza everyday, soup and breadstick everyday,” said Lynelle Johnson, Food Service Director.

10 years ago, Williston High School served 50 to 100 students. Now, they are serving around a thousand.

“We serve a lot more whole grains now, we serve a lot more fruits and vegetables, our food’s a little lower in sodium,” said Johnson.

“I think their menus are really good because everyday there is a different menu,” said Najiyyah Welsher, Senior.

It takes a lot of staff to feed this many kids. In fact, they get to school at 6:30 in the morning to prepare.

“In the entire district years ago, we had 18 staff. Right now we have about 40 and at this school alone we have 12 staff,” said Johnson.

“They do a great job and I appreciate everything they are doing,” said Isiah Lee, Senior.

Lunch is broken up into 3 periods which means about 400 students per group. To make sure every meal stays fresh for each group, they do batch cooking which means they are cooking more meals as they need it.

“I’m cooking 14 pizzas. Sometimes that’s too many, sometimes that’s not enough,” said Jeri Giddens, Head Cook.

On an average day, the food director says that they’ll go through 40-60 pounds of lettuce and if it’s a popular meal like popcorn chicken – they’ll make sure to have 90 pounds of it ready to go.

“They are not leaving hungry that’s for sure,” said Giddens.

They’ve also added a full vegetable and fruit bar.

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