Saline Area Schools
To say this school year came with challenges is an understatement. Without a crystal ball to forecast what the next week, day, or even hour could bring, Saline Area Schools’ food service staff stayed focused with one goal in mind – keep students fed any way they could.
“I’m most proud of how we have come together to do things we’ve never done before,” says Lawrence D’Andrea, Director of Dining Services for Saline Area Schools. To support families, this district started serving meals to the community during the summer for the first time ever. Whatever changes have come due to the pandemic, his staff remains dedicated. School meals provide a sense of comfort and needed nutrition for students as they learn in new ways and in new environments.
As the new school year started, over 3,000 breakfast and lunches were provided each week to take home. For those learning at the school, breakfast and lunch are offered in the cafeteria.
“The flexibility they have shown with the continued changes to the guidelines as well as service methods have been extraordinary. Without their hard work, none of this would be possible. I am very lucky to work with such dedicated people,” states D’Andrea. “I would like to give an extra shout out to Nadine Rood, Carrie O’Keefe, Annie Millspaugh, Heather Schaare, and Leslie Wilkins for the work they did providing meals over the summer.” These are the names and faces of passion for feeding kids, keeping the promise of comfort and nutrition alive.
Families can pick up a weeks’ worth of meals – breakfast and lunch – on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. at Saline High School. To find more details about their school meal program, visit https://www.salineschools.org/