School cafeteria workers are just one of the many groups of people that contribute to children’s educations. They work alongside teachers, coaches, counselors, librarians and other school personnel to help children get the most out of their school years.
Nutritionists, dieticians and other appropriately trained staff plan menus for school children's meals. These menus must meet rigorous nutrition standards.
Cafeteria managers make sure cafeteria workers have the food and supplies they need to serve all the items on the menus. Cafeteria workers frequently check their inventory of food and supplies so they can alert their managers when they notice that they might not have what they need. Doing this requires moving heavy boxes and equipment.
Cafeteria workers wear protective clothing such as plastic gloves and hairnets. Not only is it gross to find a hair in the gravy, but it is also unsanitary. As cafeteria workers prepare food, they must be diligent about food safety. In younger children, foodborne illnesses can be fatal.
Cafeteria workers avoid cross-contaminating food. For example, they change their gloves between handling raw meat or poultry and handling vegetables. They ensure kitchen equipment, food preparation spaces and dining rooms are routinely cleaned.
Cafeteria workers often perform cashier duties. They take the children’s payments for breakfasts and lunches and make changes as appropriate. They must be aware of which children receive government-subsidized free or reduced-price meals. Cafeteria workers keep this information confidential to keep other children from having ammunition to taunt, tease or bully those children who receive those government benefits.
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