Celebrating Dunbar’s Cafeteria Staff During National Lunch Week

This year, National Lunch Week runs from Oct. 9-13.

This week is National Lunch Week, which was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. This year’s theme is “School Lunch: Recipes for Success.”

The National School Lunch Program serves more than 30 million children every school day. At Dunbar, the cafeteria staff serve over 700 lunches each day. 

All the cafeteria workers adhere to strict food service guidelines. “Just knowing the procedures helps us to remain organized,” said Mr. Thomas Delvizis, who once served as a cook in the Navy.

Serving five lunch sessions per day, the Dunbar staff has to be both efficient and timely.

“We want the fifth lunch to be as good as the first lunch,” said Mrs. Kitty Hoover.

Not only does the cafeteria staff focus on the food they serve, they also focus on the other big part of their job: students.

“I like interacting with the kids,” said Mrs. Emma Washington, who has worked in the Dunbar cafeteria since 1990. “It makes my day to see them smile.”