Celebrating Our School Nutrition Heroes
Dear Families, Staff, and Partners,
I am so pleased to share that Friday, May 7, has been officially declared Connecticut School Nutrition Hero Day by Governor Ned Lamont. On this special occasion, I would like to highlight the contributions of our Food and Nutrition Services team, who provide nutritious, well-balanced meals to our students.
Over a year ago, when our schools closed for the pandemic, the Food and Nutrition Services team quickly mobilized to reinvent meal delivery to students. They organized meal pickup sites at schools throughout the district, following new safety protocols, to make sure all our students received the nutrition they needed to support their healthy development and learning.
Our school nutrition heroes continued this challenging work over the summer, and for the fall, they developed detailed procedures to safely provide meals to both remote and in-person students. When we returned to full in-person learning in March, the team updated their procedures to serve the increased number of students eating breakfast and lunch in our school buildings.
Throughout these unprecedented changes and challenges, they worked hard to assemble and distribute meal bags containing several days’ worth of nutrition to support the food security needs of children and families in Hartford. They continued to nurture partnerships with local food producers and businesses to provide fresh, locally sourced produce for our youth.
Since September, the Food and Nutrition Services team has provided nearly 900,000 meals to our students and families. Let’s thank our school nutrition heroes and celebrate their selfless commitment to the whole student.
Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez
Hartford Public Schools