No one thinks at their best when they’re hungry. School nutrition professionals are crucial to the success of Florida’s students, because healthy bodies lead to ready minds. During the pandemic, these vital staff professionals have demonstrated exceptional ingenuity by implementing new safety protocols for in-person students and preparing to-go meals for distance learners. 

Use this toolkit to celebrate your school lunch heroes!


Who has the smarts to plan nutritious meals, the chops to manage perishable inventory and the patience to slice hundreds of oranges in a single day? Who stays vigilant about food safety while feeding breakfast and lunch to hundreds of children — and then gets up to do it all again tomorrow?

last year, we asked schools to nominate their school lunch hero. Congratulations to last year’s five winners!

Jeneane Rhuda 

Seminole Elementary School,
Okeechobee, FL

Watch Jeneane be named a 2021 School Lunch Hero

Kay Thompson

Bryceville Elementary School, Bryceville, FL

Watch Kay be named a 2021 School Lunch Hero

Alicia Smith

Liberty Pines Academy,
St Johns, FL

Watch Alicia be named a 2021 School Lunch Hero

Charla Hudgins

Millenia Gardens Elementary, Orlando, FL

Watch Charla be named a 2021 School Lunch Hero

Kaneshia Stokes

Ormond Middle School,
 Ormond Beach, FL

Watch Kaneshia be named a 2021 School Lunch Hero

celebrate with us!

© 2022 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

This Job calls for a Florida school lunch hero

Superheroes often hide in plain sight. That’s why we are asking Florida schools to bring their heroic school nutrition professionals into the spotlight for a week of celebration during the first week of May. The celebration will conclude on national School Lunch Hero Day on May 7, 2022.

School nutrition professionals are the champions of nutrition. It’s time to thank them for saving the day, one meal at a time.

celebrate your school lunch Hero!

School lunch professional eligible for this competition include cafeteria staff or food service managers.

All School Lunch Hero Week nominees will be honored with a certificate of appreciation for being the champion at their school. Five winners will be named Florida's 2022 School Lunch Heroes and receive the following prizes!

• $2,000 cash prize from No Kid Hungry
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prize Pack from the Dairy Council of Florida

• School Lunch Hero Trophy
• Certificate of Appreciation
• One-on-One Chef Experience

Submissions will close on April 23, 2021 midnight E.S.T.
and five winners will be announced throughout the week of May 3, 2021.

Is there a school lunch hero at your Florida school?
Tell us about their superpower! Nominate them
to become the 2021 Florida School Lunch Hero.


School lunch hero week winners will be honored with incredible prizes
and the title of Florida’s 2021 School Lunch Hero!

School lunch professional eligible for this competition include cafeteria staff or food service directors.