Lisa Jones is presented as a School Lunch Hero.

Bellingham Public Schools recognized food services staff from three schools as part of School Lunch Hero Day. This day is a nationally recognized opportunity to thank school nutrition professionals who serve students meals every day.

School Lunch Heroes were selected for their outstanding efforts to feature fresh and local food choices, improve food quality and presentation, create a welcoming eating environment and encourage kids to make healthy food choices. The 2015 School Lunch Heroes recognized in Bellingham Public Schools were:

  • Cordata Elementary School: Dee Butenschoen and Pat Nowakowski
    • From their nomination: Dee and Pat work very hard to create a dining experience in their cafeteria at Cordata. They don’t merely serve school meals, they go above and beyond to create food that is visually appealing and an atmosphere that is warm and inviting. These efforts go a long way in helping their students to make positive food choices.
  • Northern Heights Elementary School: Lisa Jones
    • From her nomination: Lisa is all heart when it comes to her students at Northern Heights and Shuksan. She strives on a daily basis to present the best possible food choices to the children. She is constantly working to add a greater variety of fruits and vegetables to meals so students have an array of healthy options to choose from.
  • Whatcom Middle School: Sheryl Neiffer, Veronica Baldovinos, Beth Pelto-Fishbeck and Olga Litovchenko
    • From their nomination: The Whatcom team works in conjunction with Common Threads Garden Collective to prepare and present fresh produce from the school garden on a daily basis. They have done a phenomenal job presenting new, healthy and local vegetables on the salad bar they started last spring for their students to try.

Students and staff at these schools showed their appreciation for their food services staff through cards, certificates and a School Lunch Hero apron to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the cafeteria.

The initiative was originally inspired by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady graphic novel series and is now widely promoted by the School Nutrition Association.

In Whatcom County,  School Lunch Hero celebrations are coordinated by Whatcom Farm-to-School and sponsored by the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Sustainable Whatcom Fund. While the official School Lunch Hero Day is May 1, local schools’ celebrations of their Heroes will take place throughout early May.

To learn more about School Lunch Hero Day visit,

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