MIAMI – Students at Roosevelt Elementary in Miami were excited to have school lunch served to them by Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd and his deputies.
The special cafeteria workers were helping Roosevelt's food service staff celebrate and recognize National School Lunch Week form Oct. 9 to 13.
Deputies Kevin Dunkel and Jesse Krewson and Sheriff Floyd dressed in uniform with aprons and gloves opened milk cartons, served food, and helped the students to their tables. There were lots of high fives, thumbs up and questions from the students who excitedly interacted with the men during their lunch time.
“Oh, it's was a lot less stress than the Sheriff's office,” Floyd said with a laugh while surrounded by excited students. “It's been fun. It's a great experience and I love to build that relationship with children and let them know we're not bad guys. We're here for them and we're their friends.”
Dunkel seemed expert at opening milk cartons and got a thumbs up from one student when he asked how the food tasted.
“A lot of them have unfortunately said,'I've had cops at my house,' and you try to kind of smooth that over and let them see us in a good way,” Dunkel said.
Krewson answered lots of the students' questions and helped them with their food trays.
“It was great helping the kids. I loved being here and to the kids it's fun, they enjoy us being here,” Krewson said.
More than 30 million students enjoy healthy lunches every school day nationwide prepared and served by dedicated cafeteria staff.
School lunches meet strict nutrition standards, including limits on calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats.
The lunches served in public schools must offer ¾ cup of vegetables, one cup of 1 percent or fat-free milk, a half cup of fruit, and entrees must include whole grains and lean protein.
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