RCSD Child Nutrition Team wins award, delivers over 500,000 meals since the start of the pandemic



by Contributed Content on November 20, 2020
This Thanksgiving, hundreds of Ravenswood City School District (RCSD) families will enjoy safe, nutritious, and free meals prepared by the RCSD Child Nutrition and Education (CNE) team. The CNE team has a lot to be thankful for as well, having recently won Second Harvest’s prestigious “Big Apple” award and hitting a major milestone when they delivered their 500,000 meal during the pandemic.
“The district hasn’t historically distributed meals during Thanksgiving Break,” said Superintendent Gina Sudaria, “but this year we know that many of our families are counting on RCSD for quality meals during this difficult time. Delivering quality meals this week allows our families to access a full week of pre-packaged, fresh, and healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. This will help our students and families recharge over the holiday break. We expect to serve approximately over 12,000 meals during Thanksgiving break alone.”

While initially providing more traditional school meals, the CNE team realized that families preferred meal boxes. “We work closely with our families and have changed to include more of what they tell us they want, such as adding more fresh fruits, vegetables along with distributing whole pizzas for families, not just our traditional single slices” said Byron Montenegro, a kitchen manager at Belle Haven School in Menlo Park.
RCSD also realized that some families could not leave their homes to pick up meals — especially those who were caregivers for a family member or child with moderate to severe disabilities, so the district created …