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the smile behind our lunch line

3 Jan
2013-11-29_19-35-03 Happy New Year everyone! We hope you had a wonderful break, are feeling recharged, and are staying safe in the snow. We love featuring our Food Service Staff on our blog. They are so vital to the success of our programs. They are the face, the smile, the nurturing voice behind our lunch lines, helping our students make decisions, encouraging them to try new foods, and making lunch fun for our communities. Which is why we are featuring Vernan Douglas who is our Food Service Utility Attendant at one of our schools where we serve lunch. His enthusiasm for his role within Butter Beans, and love for supporting our students at lunch time inspired us to interview him.

What brought you to Butter Beans? A very good friend of mine was working for the company for over a year at the time. She kept speaking about how exciting and different it was, so I insisted on giving it a shot.

What are some of your highlights from your time working with the students? 

There is a student that always asks me if certain foods are Kosher. I always understood the basics about Kosher foods, but not all of the intricacies. He came up to me recently and asked me to sit down with him at lunch, and he explained to me all about what Kosher means. Our conversation inspired me to read more about it, and now I am much more knowledgeable. I was impressed with his awareness of his dietary restrictions.

Have you noticed a change in the food habits of the students?  Many of our students did not eat vegetables at the start of the school year. Though many of them are vegetarians, they would sometimes prefer to eat nothing over eating vegetables. When some students started choosing vegetables, we would congratulate them on how awesome their plates looked, and slowly their peers wanted some recognition too! Not only are they now consuming more vegetables, but they get so excited when they see the daily veggies that we offer. It feels good to see them walk off with their colorful plates!

What motivates you to do your best each day?

I enjoy feeding people good food, I enjoy smiles, and I am big on great health. The children that I serve on a daily basis are our future; if I can serve them a great meal and they come back and thank me, or tell me how great the food was, that’s enough motivation for me to do what I do everyday without a doubt. What do you like the most about your job? No matter what may be going on in my life, the students are always there for me, genuinely happy, and giving me hugs and high fives…that feeling there is priceless.

What is your favorite Butter Beans lunch to eat? The shepherd’s pie is AMAZING. That is by far my favorite lunch yet. I also enjoy our cheesy broccoli soup, I’ve never had anything like it!

Welcome back to school!

6 Sep

7891329402_c5a3aa8e50It’s the first week in September, and families are coming back from their various summer adventures, ready to start the school year.

After a long and wonderful summer filled with our food + garden summer camp, our kitchen is bustling again, and our chef and kitchen staff are busy preparing our homemade meals from scratch. Our delivery manager is delivering our food to our schools, and our management team is overseeing logistics to ensure that our operations are running smoothly.

Our food service staff are waking up today and traveling to their respective schools to nourish students at lunch-time with our delicious meals, and engage them in food conversations. Our wellness and food education team are busy planning and preparing to the launch our after-school cooking classes. We are a busy, and happy group of people, all here for one mission: providing children with the nutrition they need to be productive and happy at school, and pairing that with wellness and food education.

As part of our in-cafeteria wellness initiatives, we develop monthly table tops for children to read when they are sitting down at their tables, or waiting on line for lunch. Each month they will find a new culinary technique, along with a fun recipe to make at home. We will be sharing these with you as the school year progresses, and hope you enjoy reading them just as much as they do!

Welcome back, and cheers to a fantastic school year ahead!

Photo courtesy of USAG-Humphreys