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Preparing nutritious food for Lincoln County R-III students turned into a year-round commitment for three ladies from Chartwell’s….and they loved it.
Chartwells is the company contracted by the school district to provide their food service program. This past summer, the district qualified to participate in a federal summer food program called “Seamless Summer.” They became eligible due to the number of students served last year in the free and/or reduced school lunch program.
From June until the end of August, Angela Dowell, Katherine Harrison and Angela Wright, Chartwell employees, prepared meals at Main Street Elementary School. In addition to this school serving as a pick-up point, vans transported meals to four other locations within the district. The stops included Hawk Point Elementary School, The Legends subdivision in Troy, Ninth Grade Center and Moscow Mills Community Building. The ladies prepared 15,785 meals this summer. When one of the three employees could not be present that day, another Chartwell employees filled in.
Each day, the sacks included some type of sandwich, cheese sticks, cookie, and a fruit and vegetable. Among the sandwiches served included chicken patty, barbecue rib, hot dog, pork chop, etc. The selection chosen was rotated in cycles so there was some variety.
Dowell and Harrison currently are employees but Wright has accepted employment elsewhere. In talking to a reporter about the summer, Dowell and Harrison summed up their comments saying, “it was a good feeling seeing children who normally would not have adequate food supply at home during these economic times come in. We knew they would be getting one nutritious meal a day.”