Written by: Audene Chung, PrimeroEdge Director of Customer & Expert Care
Several years ago, I was attending a state school food service association conference meeting. During the Keynote Speakers’ Presentation, she had everyone in the audience participate in the ice breaker where she asked everyone to empty the contents of their bags, purses, wallets, and pockets onto the table they were seated and each person had to describe to their neighbors the contents. It was amazing to see what people carry around with them.
Men and woman both carried items like cash, credit cards, phones, and their IDs, but women also carried items like notebooks & planners, mini first aid kits, hand sanitizer, makeup, 2-4 lipsticks of all the same color varying shades, a bevy of office supplies like rubber bands and paper clips, pens, highlighters, and mechanical pencils, combs and brushes, hairnets, hair ties, stamps, and many other random items from food snacks to phone bills. It made me reflect that there might have been a lot of Girl Scouts in the bunch practicing the Girl Scout Motto… “Be prepared”.
I start with this little story to say that while we prepare for everyday encounters, no one was prepared for this pandemic. It has just been amazing to see the level of ingenuity and courage that has risen in this time of crisis. So, we asked some school foodservice champions to reflect on their experiences.