The “Lunchroom Ladies”

We all have memories of the school lunchroom…the very word conjures up thoughts of “mystery meat” and meat, potato, and vegetable “nuggets”!!!

 NOT SO at VBAS !

 The child nutrition staff strives to prepare meals within the Federal Child Nutrition Program Guidelines that are tasty and appealing AND they succeed !!

Think fluffy baked potatoes, well seasoned oven BBQ chicken, tossed salads with spring mix greens…..YUM !

These ladies not only plan, prepare and serve regular meals…but they also serve individualized meals that are prescribed for many of the special needs individuals coming through their line.

Child Nutrition Employees, Theresa Larson, Ann Pyle and Wanda Virag are joined by "special occasion" helper Haley and VBAS "student" employee Chris Parker.   VBAS individuals, Keith Martin and Roger Haburey also help in the lunchroom

Child Nutrition Employees, Theresa Larson, Ann Pyle and Wanda Virag are joined by “special occasion” helper Haley and VBAS “student” employee Chris Parker. VBAS individuals, Keith Martin and Roger Haburey also help in the lunchroom

Theresa gets a hand from VBAS board member, Joe Adams

Theresa gets a hand from VBAS board member, Joe Adams

November 2014

November 1 – Time change: Fall Back

November 5 – Peanut Festival

November 7 - Dance Class

November 14 - Dance Class

November 19 - Board Meeting 12:00

November 21 - Dance Class

November 27 – 28 Thanksgiving Holiday

“New Life” for your Newspaper

Recently I had the opportunity to join JoAnn Kujawa, Jimmy Reeves and Tony Johnson as they picked up newspapers from the Martindale Plaza “paperhouse.”

I learned that this pick up is Step One in the process of preparing papers for recycling by the individuals in the Raygene Burkett Center.

Step Two is removing the inserts and “slicks” from the papers and bundling them for pick up;  Waste Management picks up when the papers reach a weight of 45,000 lbs

The paperhouse at Martindale Plaza is just one of many locations…in Ozark you can also drop your newspapers at the police station behind CVS.

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Pinckard has a drop off at the police station and Level Plains has a church drop off location.  The library at Ft. Rucker collects newspapers for VBAS.

Have cardboard or aluminum cans you would like to recycle?  You can bring those to us at VBAS.

I spoke with Tony and Jimmy as they were working….they said the best part of pick up day is the trip to the store for a snack afterwards !!

But…they also like the money they earn working with the newspaper recycling program.

JoAnn Kujawa is the “driver” for these two hard-working men.  She shared that working with the special needs individuals at VBAS is a “first” for her and

” this job and these individuals have been such a “help ” to her after the loss of her husband.