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Boone Central kitchen staff providing daily meals

READY FOR DELIVERIES — Boone Central staff members Dawn Theis, left, and Michelle Devine organize meals for delivery to students last week.
Kitchen staff at Boone Central Public Schools have been going to work as early as 5 a.m. on weekdays since Monday, March 23, to prepare bagged meals for area students.
During this period when all Nebraska schools are shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s part of the “new normal” for services to students involving both nourishment and remote learning.
“It’s something new for us, and we’ve been developing the system as we go,” said Kathy Beckman, kitchen supervisor. “There are a lot more steps since everything has to be bagged up, but we have a system developed now.”
Both breakfast and lunch meals are provided to students whose families have signed up.
At the start, the “grab & go” meals program was serving 100 to 125 students per day. As of Friday, April 3, there were about 360 meals going out per day.
Cooks in addition to Beckman are Wendy Groenke, Karen Andersen, Jenny Easton, Valorie Thompson and Emily Pierson. Michelle Devine and Dawn Theis help with organizing the delivery meals.
Bus drivers Trevor VanDeWalle and Brad Warner were delivering meals on Friday.
Read complete story in the April 8 Albion News print and e-editions.
Boone Central kitchen staff prepares to distribute meals at the main entrance