2016-01-23 / The Bullhorn

A day in the life

By Kassi Walker
Bullhorn Reporter

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Beverley Russ, School Food Services director at Roxboro Community School (RCS)?

How does she do it? Always cleaning up the after horror of the middle school and high school lunches. How does she prepare for it? Who helps her? Questions we asked to find out what makes RCS lunches tick.

Russ starts her morning with a cup of coffee at 7 a.m. to get her full day started. She then pre-orders lunches.

Russ said, “We have set menus that we rotate throughout the year. My staff and I decide what we are going to pre-order for Wednesday and Thursday. We usually have chicken tenders every Tuesday and pizza every Friday.”

She sends the menu to Golden Corral for approval. Then she enters the information into the preorder program and, after the parents pre-order, she sends the counts to Golden Corral and Little Caesars Pizza. Next, it’s time to take care of the students and teachers who didn’t pre-order lunches.

Russ explained, “Each morning the staff puts out the snacks, drinks, and plastic ware. Next, we microwave the potatoes, and set up the salad bar. The food preparation for the salad bar consists of washing produce, chopping it and filling the salad bar.”

Russ told us, “The middle school students clean the tables. The dining hall staff, the custodians and the parent volunteers refill the snacks, drinks, salad bar and hot food, as well as sweep the floor, [and] empty the recycling and trash cans. We also clean the microwaves, wipe out the chairs and clean the windows.”

With all the tasks she has to complete before noon each day, Russ needs volunteers to help. Parents, grandparents and other RCS family members are asked to volunteer to help between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day.

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