Schools in Sheridan County School District 2 have been closed, but the district’s kitchens have been busy.
In April, school cooks prepared nearly 40,000 meals, including nearly 19,000 breakfasts and over 20,000 lunches for students.
District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty said he was extremely proud of the district’s kitchen staff – and credited the district’s Business Manager Eileen Bentley and Food Service Director Candace Garner for organizing the effort and navigating the federal funding that’s made the meal service possible during this time.
Bentley, in her third year as the district’s business manager, is passionate about food service and its impact on student learning. She said the district didn’t stop teaching, so service of meals to the students didn’t stop either.
The district has provided both lunch bags and breakfasts to students and families. According to a news release from the district, the USDA has approved the meal program through the end of June, so School District 2 will continue providing meals through June 30.
Plans are also underway to implement the federally funded Summer Food Service Program beginning in July.