SIOUX FALLS, SD — South Dakota schools have seen challenges over the past two school years that none of us could have ever imagined! Starting in March last year and going into the current school year, there have been countless people who have gone the extra mile to create the best experience possible for the students. Each and every one of them is a hero! However, one group that stands out is the school nutrition staff. From preparing and packaging to-go lunches when buildings were closed to taking extra steps to sanitize and ensure the safest lunch rooms possible for students, they haven’t missed a beat!
Each year, more than 150,000 South Dakota students are served more than 25,000,000 meals by these everyday heroes. To honor them for the everything they do for the students, South Dakota Farm Families are awarding heroes a $25 grocery gift card along with gifts from our partners South Dakota Corn, South Dakota Beef Industry Council, South Dakota Soybean, and Midwest Dairy.
The 170 nominees included positive accolades for those working behind the scenes, including comments like, “….started her first year in the lunchroom and was thrown into figuring out meals for our rural district during covid. She was creative and organized and made everything work without a hitch.” Other nominee comments included, “she cooked and then helped deliver lunches last spring when we went to online learning without a second thought. We can’t imagine our school without her!”
“South Dakota Farm Families express deep appreciation to the men and women who prepare and serve school meals and commend their good work on behalf of children,” said Ag United/South Dakota Farm Families Outreach Director Heidi Zwinger. “As a parent of a school age son, I am always amazed what the Lunch Heroes do each and every day,” added Zwinger.
South Dakota Farm Families/Ag United for South Dakota is a coalition of farm organizations with a goal of keeping family farms growing. Coalition members include the South Dakota Cattleman’s Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, the South Dakota Dairy Producers, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Poultry Industries Association and the South Dakota Soybean Association. To learn more, visit www.agunited.org. or follow South Dakota Farm Families on Facebook and Instagram.
— South Dakota Farm Families/Ag United for South Dakota
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