Posted Date: 09/23/2021
Wednesday, dozens of Union employees prepared for a busy day feeding thousands of students.
“You get a lot of gratitude from the kids and the appreciation that they have for the food and that’s always so rewarding because there are children out there that really need the food," said Kathy Burke.
Burke has been part of Union Public Schools' child nutrition department for 28 years. She said she's never seen the demand this high. Before the pandemic, her team served roughly 2,000 meals daily at Union's 6th and 7th grades. That number has jumped up to 3,000 meals.
“We are reaching record highs ever since I’ve been here for 13 years. And that’s pretty astounding when you think about we’ve only been in school for a month and a half," said Lisa Griffin.
Griffin is Union's director for child nutrition and said they are now serving three meals a day to some students and the USDA is providing free lunches to all students, regardless of income.