As of Jan. 9, the CHS cafeteria began catering food to the ESC and transportation buildings. Previously, there was no program in place; employees had to leave their buildings to get lunch. This was especially a problem for the ESC building, which is on East Main Street, a mostly residential area with few restaurants.
Employees at ESC and the transportation building must place their lunch orders by 8:30 a.m. the morning of their lunch. Upon receiving the orders, the cafeteria then cooks the food, loads it into a vehicle, and sends it to ESC and the transportation building, where employees can eat their lunch.
Cafeteria manager Anne Marie Woerner said she believes the idea came from Roger McMichael, Assistant Director of Business Affairs for the district.
“It was difficult for (employees) to get their lunch,” Woerner said. “The ESC building is kind of isolated.”
The program is using non-disposable plates for their lunches, in an effort to keep the environment clean. In addition, non-disposable cups are being used for the same reason.
District caterer Gidget Hagen, who is in charge of shipping, said she makes sure the food stays hot on the trip to the buildings, and makes sure it arrives on time.
“There are 79 people at ESC and the transport building,” Hagan said. “Only about 20 people are actually served daily, but that’s because we started the program Monday. I think that number’s going to rise.”