The preparation for the lunchtime frenzy at MHS unveiled

Ellie Harpen | MBC News Reporter
Laura Hicks | MBC News Reporter
Sophie Maness | MBC News Reporter


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Pictured (from left to right): Ellie Harpen, Laura Hicks, and Sophie Maness

We had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to experience the ins-and-outs of our school’s food service. What we observed in one word: hectic. The staff never once took a break. If they weren’t serving, they were cooking. If they weren’t cooking, they were cleaning, and if they weren’t cleaning, they were doing paper work. The staff divides and conquers in order to complete all of these tasks in one day. Some of the staff come in as early as 5:45 in the morning, and leave as late as five in the afternoon. When being surveyed, most students estimated that the lunch staff on average work four hours a day.

The amount of food being produced was astonishing. Around three thousand sandwiches, two thousand burgers, one thousand pounds of potato products, two thousand pounds of salad, one thousand pounds of grapes and two thousand pounds of carrots are served a week. The lunch staff has also sold close to nineteen thousand cookies this year. Keep in mind we’re only in the first semester.

This experience showed us just how hard the lunch staff works in order to serve thousands of students and staff. It gave us the opportunity to step into the shoes of the thirty-one staff members and notice their passion for their jobs.

Commentary written by Ellie Harpen