Lynchburg City Public Schools, School Nutrition Director Beth M.
While it’s been a challenging time for school nutrition, Lynchburg City Public Schools has not lost sight of what’s important this season – gratitude and giving back! Every year, school departments adopt a family, and this year, the school nutrition department is getting everything on one lucky boy’s Christmas list! Giving away more than presents this year, the district is also working with the health and student services department to provide vaccines to students between five and eleven years old. Even more ambitious than that, the kitchen staff volunteered to work over their holiday break to provide seven days worth of meals to families in their high-need area! It goes to show that no one is more committed to their work and understands the needs of their communities better than food service professionals. When families come to pick up the food, there may even be some holiday figures to add to the excitement! They have been planning for this since October, but this “true achievement” is worth it to ease stress for families this holiday according to Lynchburg’s SND. Of course, on top of serving students, it’s important to recognize the excellent staff who make all of it possible. They will also celebrate their 125-member leadership team with a holiday dinner complete with Christmas-themed games. It’s an impressive lineup, and we’re so glad some schools are in a position to continue the care beyond the regular school year!
“The pandemic and supply chain have impacted all of us, and there hasn’t been one family that hasn’t somehow faced adversity. For families that struggle daily to meet basic needs, we can’t know their situation. Since the holidays are meant to be joyful, we have to use our abilities and resources to spread as much joy as possible. We have a high-needs school district, and while it’s fulfilling to see the gratitude and appreciation from our community, seeing the faces of children happy and eating is all the reward we need. We are counting our blessings, and I believe that’s what the season is about,” Beth said.