I work at an elementary school.
What I do at work.
I cook the food. aside from the hot lunches that we are just technically warming up cooking includes making 40 sandwiches by hand. making fresh salad. peeling and cutting vegetables and fruits. cupping about 200 fruits and sauces each. and putting the hot foods onto small trays for the kids to pick up....all by hand....;A;
I clean the kitchen and serving area. I need to keep the kitchen SPOTLESS in case of random health inspection which...has happened...more then once -_-; of course the school I work in me and my co worker keep it so spotless we have been told we get an A in the inspection every time
and the serving area where the kids pick up their food. I have to scrub the milk cooler. serving area and inside the food stations, the ovens and fridge need to be wiped down at least every other month.
Set up register and put lunch money into the system. Every morning me and my co worker go into the office where an envelope is filled with all the lunch money from all the classes in the school is locked up. then manually put it into each childs account. In sure the students get all required parts of their lunch (milk, main meal, fruit or vegetables) also keep an eye out for allergies and memorize who can't touch what cause the system STILL hasnt updated that -_-; I know a few kids can't go near milk and some eggs... of course I know who they are but damn...
Ordering and keep stock information. Can't run out of anything!
oh and thinking on my toes. on rare occasions I have run out of the main meal... I often squirrel SOMETHING in the fridge. yes I get in trouble when I make something on the spot that isnt on the menu. but if it means making sure the kids EAT something and make sure its healthy I don't mind. though my bosses have more then once yelled at me about it -_-; but if we run out of pizza on pizza day what can ya do?! we didn't have enough chicken patties in the freezer to give one to each kid so I chopped them up into chunks and cut up broccoli with a drop of the low fat Italian dressing we use for salads. cooked it. then placed 4 oz of the newly made food onto hamburger buns and served them up
the kids went for that before they went for the pizza! even the teachers and assistant principal ate that day! got yelled at because "it wasn't on the menu and the portions might not have been right" well BS! the kids ate >:/
and that brings me to this picture.
I know many of the kids now. they say good morning and hug me every day. I draw lunch menu pictures EVERY day. lately I started drawing games and movie characters. every morning I make fast drawings with the food of the day. I started to make fortune tellers for the girls. it started as maybe 2-3 a day.... then....5. then 10. before I knew it I was making 20 of them every day! but the same kids would come back and take another one. and another one... ugh.
I promised I would give them all one at once. so I only serve about 250 kids at lunch. so here.
400 fortune tellers. so the kids I feed can get one. and give one to one of their friends! there will be extras for the kids that I dont feed that come in looking for these XD
btw...the teachers HATE me for giving them these XD cause they take them out during class haha. not my fault!
When you promise a child...they will remember. and they dont deserve to be lied to. if you cant up hold a promise to a child then don't promise them. I lived life being lied to. and I never want kids to doubt me. I want them to be happy. and give them something nice to look forward to. I love my job ;A; I love it for the kids because they make my job worth it.