Thanksgiving celebrated at Sunnyside Unified this week
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Thanksgiving celebrated at Sunnyside Unified this week

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The Food Service Staff At Sunnyside Unified Take Pride In The Thanksgiving Meal They Prepare And Serve To Students, Their Family Members, And School Staff. Photo Courtesy Of Sunnyside Unified School District

This is Thanksgiving week for employees, students, and many of our families in Sunnyside Unified School District, courtesy of Southwest Foodservice, our district food service provider. An amazing thing is happening. Though this is not the first time, it needs to be given a little spotlight as we take a moment to appreciate one of the non-academic roles our school district plays in our community.

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A Sunnyside Unified student and family member enjoy the Thanksgiving meal at her school. Photos courtesy Sunnyside Unified School District

Come See:
Wednesday, November 18
Desert View High School
4101 East Valencia
Lunch periods are as follows: 11:05-11:40, 11:50-12:25, and 12:45-1:20.

Thursday, November 19
Elvira Elementary School
250 W. Elvira Road
Lunch periods are as follows: 10:20-12:00

Specially prepared Thanksgiving meal – the full course including homemade rolls! – are provided to all our schools and the central office this week.

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The Food Service staff at Sunnyside Unified take pride in the Thanksgiving meal they prepare and serve to students, their family members, and school staff. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Unified School District

The preparation takes over a week and on Wednesday, November 18, all high schools will be provided lunch while elementary and middle schools and central office will feast on Thursday, November 19. Turkey, corn bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, home-made rolls, and pumpkin spice cake – whew what a meal!

Last year, 2,800 pounds of turkey was prepared and 14,200 servings were provided to make this meal special for everyone across the District. We thank our Southwest Foodservice partners for this gift of Thanksgiving as the full-course meal costs far exceed the standard National School Lunch Program revenue they receive.

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Sunnyside Unified students enjoy the Thanksgiving meal prepared by Food Service staff. Photo courtesy Sunnyside Unified School District

According to Sunnyside Food Services Director John Oakley, these weeks are their busiest days of the year. It’s a community celebration as many parents come and share the meal with their students for a nominal cost. (Sunnyside serves a high poverty population and for many of our families, this week IS their Thanksgiving meal.)

In past years, over 200 meals were purchased and enjoyed by parents and we expect that number to be the same or better this year.

For more information, please contact Mary Veres, public information office director at Sunnyside Unified School District at (520) 256-9300 or