Category Archives: Recipe

Sacramento’s Frances Avila…caring for kids

FRANCES  AVILA, Site Supervisor, John F. Kennedy High School, Sacramento, CA Origins: Native of Sacramento When we first saw Frances Avila, she was standing next to the outdoor barbeque grills, where she feeds lunch to about 700 students a day, … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz’s Carol Stanley – “Take what you want if you’re going to eat it”

CAROL STANLEY, SENIOR FOOD SERVICE, Gault Elementary School, Santa Cruz City Schools, Santa Cruz, CA Origin: Santa Cruz, CA At Gault Elementary School in Santa Cruz, not far from the beach, the school lunch period lulls to a close. Carol Stanley, … Continue reading

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Candy Jo – Loves to Buy Locally

CANDY JO REIGER, CAFÉ  SUPERVISOR II, LODI JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, LODI, CA Origin: Phoenix, AZ Candy Jo’s husband is a native of Lodi and, like many people in California’s Central Valley, the two of them value having space to … Continue reading

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Lodi’s Soup Specialist – Becky Octave

BECKY OCTAVE, Cafeteria Specialist II,  BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, LODI UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, CA Origin: Koppern, Germany “We’re going back to batch and bulk cooking. We find that not all the kids, for whatever reason, are getting home cooked meals. … Continue reading

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Manteca’s Second Mom – Annastacia Yager

Annastacia Yager, Site Kitchen Operator, East Union High School, Manteca Unified School District, Manteca, CA Origin: Livermore, CA “To some, this might seem like a thankless job, but it’s not. It’s a gift to watch the kids come in as … Continue reading

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Clovis’ Teachers’ Lunchroom/Cafeteria

Teri Hunter, Food Service, Clovis Unified School District (with District Director Robert Schram in the background.) One of our favorite school lunch concepts is the old staff lunchroom adjoining the cafeteria where teachers and staff have the opportunity for a … Continue reading

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Marcy Lee

MARCY LEE, CENTRAL KITCHEN STAFF, LYNWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NOVATO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Origin: Richmond, Indiana Marcy Lee, dressed in her chef’s whites, stands in the middle of her sparkling stainless steel kitchen in the shadow of Novato’s wooded hills, drying … Continue reading

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