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POSTED: May 1, 2014 10:30 p.m.

Next week, students and parents will have the opportunity to show appreciation for the men and women working in their school cafeterias in Liberty and Long counties during National School Nutrition Employee Week, May 5-9.
Every May during School Nutrition Employee Week, schools nationwide recognize the work of those behind the lunch line.
In many cafeterias, school-nutrition employees move hundreds of students through the lunch line with only a few seconds to ensure each tray contains the required components of a reimbursable meal, assist students with food allergies, ring up each meal and provide change.
Meanwhile, they also must be trained in food safety and sanitation and follow federal, state and local regulations and to ensure school meals are safe and healthy.
They must guarantee their programs meet all the requirements of the required by Department of Agricultre,  effectively implement complex regulations such as the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Analysis), and at all times ensure the lunches they serve provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron and calcium, among other standards.
All of this must be achieved within the framework of a budget that leaves little more than $1 to buy food for each meal.


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