Williamson County Schools cafeterias are second to none thanks to dedicated kitchen staffs and balanced nutritional meals.
As National Nutrition Week kicks off, WCS cafeteria workers are making sure their students are eating right.
With a greater effort being put into improving student’s diets, school lunches are now healthier than they have ever been.
“There are lot, lot, lot more healthy choices,” said Westwood Elementary Cafeteria Manager Terri Lampley, who has been with WCS Food Services for almost 20 years. “We had a fryer and we fried everything. We had funnel cakes and curly fries and now it’s very healthy. Kids now are accepting it and they seem excited about it.”
Boosting a staff of 270 workers, WCS cafeterias will serve approximately 3.6 millions meals to students this year in the form of 85 tons of chicken, 90 tons of apples and 8000 gallons of milk in 170 days of serving.
“The 270 cafeteria employees of our 41 kitchens do an amazing job preparing nutritious, delicious meals for our students every day,” said WCS Food Services Director James Remete. “We offer a wide selection of entrées, fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat and non-fat milk, 100 percent juice, water and much more.”
While the menu and food options may have changed over the years, the reason for working in the school cafeteria remains the same.
“My favorite thing is the kids,” said Hillsboro School Cafeteria Manager Gail Davis, who has been with WCS Food Services since 1990. “Days that something doesn’t go right or there’s too much to do, I think I’m not going back.” she said with a smile. “But let one of those kids walk in the door and run and give me a hug and I think, alright, I’m coming back. That is why I do what I do; because I love these kids.”