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Gov. Ducey declares May 1 as School Lunch Hero Day


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Yuma Elementary's Child Nutrition Team Serves Grab & Go Student Meals Outside Campus. Photo Courtesy Yuma Elementary School District One

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a proclamation today that May 1, 2020 is School Lunch Hero Day.

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Yuma Elementary School District One’s Child Nutrition Team serves Grab & Go meals to students and their families. Photo courtesy Yuma Elementary School District One

The proclamation notes that nutritious school meals are essential for the health and well-being of Arizona children, and that Arizona school nutrition professionals are committed to providing healthy, nutritious meals for Arizona children daily.

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Peoria Unified food and nutrition staff serve meals to student’s families curbside on campus. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

Arizona school nutrition professionals are taked with adhering to nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, following strict food safety protocols and providing nutrition education, and offering service with a smile.

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From left to right: Stacy Antone, bus driver; Myla Manuel, kitchen manager; Rozanne Lejero, food service liaison; Mark Martin, food service director; and Thomas Murphy, bus driver. Photo courtesy Baboquivari Unified School District
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Bullhead City food and nutrition services staff deliver meals to students by bus. Photo courtesy Bullhead City Elementary School District

Hardworking Arizona school nutrition professionals prepare and serve more than 169 million school meals, and continue to serve an unprecndented number of school meals to help keep our children fed during this time when schools are closed.

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Some of the thank you notes Yuma Elementary’s Child Nutrition team has received since schools closed due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy Yuma Elementary School District One
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Indian Oasis Elementary first grader Noland Draper receives a school meal at a Baboquivari Unified bus stop near his home. Photo courtesy Baboquivari Unified School District
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Nutrition Services Administrative Assistant Andrea Heaton alongside coworkers Jessica Braboy and Gilbert Urias serves lunch to two boys at a mobile lunch bus stop during the recent walk-out. Photo courtesy Tempe Elementary School District
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Yuma Elementary’s Child Nutrition Team celebrates another successful Grab & Go student meal service. Photo courtesy Yuma Elementary School District One