Jordan Heffner – Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The process of how school lunch gets to students is often overlooked, but LRHS cafeteria manager Carolyn Henderson, who has been a manager for 20 years, can explain the process. 

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The LRHS cafeteria serves hundreds of meals every day

Henderson begins work at LRHS at approximately 6 a.m. every weekday.  

“Some staff come in at 6:45 a.m., 7 a.m., or 8 a.m. and work five or six-hour shifts,” she said. 

“All of the food that is provided for the students comes from either U.S. Foods or the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” said Henderson. “We receive food once a week on Wednesday.” 

“Average food cost for a week is $10,000 and depends on days off and breaks. We make more than that a week from sales and student accounts. We are a self-sufficient department,” said Henderson. 

Henderson said over 1,000 meals are served to students each day, accompanied by approximately 1,900 individually served items. Henderson said that the numbers go up every week. 

The most favored foods amongst students are cheeseburgers, spicy chicken sandwiches, breaded chicken sandwiches, and popcorn chicken. 

Henderson also said that it’s not too difficult to ensure that every student receives a lunch, as long as they plan ahead. 

So far in 2018 Henderson thinks that lunch is going great.  

“We’re getting kids out of the cafeteria fast,” she said, 

She would also like to thank the students who are using the new open window located in the covered area. 

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