School Employee Recognition Week
Serving Healthy Meals

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Dare County Schools nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. The week provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 32 million of America’s students each school day with 3,354 of those in Dare County.

All across the school district, Dare County Schools Child Nutrition Director Carol Sykes says "Bring it!" to the community when it comes to honoring school nutrition professionals with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, and parents during the week of May 5-9th.

"Our folks deserve all the recognition they can get," says Sykes. Why?  Because  school nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. In fact, federal nutrition standards ensure that every school lunch offers students a well-balanced meal offering low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats. That's a lot of work.

The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day. 

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit