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A Look Into the Life of a Lunch Lady

Hannah Wells working in the kitchen.

For most students, the best part of the day is lunchtime, but no one ever puts any thought into the work that goes into feeding the students of Leominster High School. 

LHS Cafeteria Manager, Everlin Diaz answered some of our questions about this topic. 

She explained what a day in her life is like. 

She arrives at school around 5:30 AM to prepare breakfast and leaves around 2:30 for the day. 

Diaz explained that it takes 2 hours to prepare breakfast and 4-5 hours for lunch. 

She loves her job, and she’s been working as a lunch lady for 20 years. 

Her favorite part is cooking,

“My favorite food to make is American chop suey or chicken lo-mein,” Diaz said. 

The students’ favorite dish is either macaroni and cheese and chicken tenders, or pizza.

Occasionally conflicts occur with the students, Diaz said, “Sometimes they have special diets and they want food they can’t have, so I have to say sorry, but we have to follow the rules.” 

Diaz believes they give LHS students plenty of food and they have a wide variety of choices to fit every student’s desires. 

Diaz tries the food every day before serving it to students. 

“If I don’t like it, the students definitely won’t,” she said. 

In this case, she has the food remade. 

By the end of the day, when every student has eaten, the cafeteria staff enjoy the leftover food that they made.

Unfortunately the food that’s not consumed by the end of the day goes to waste. They have no other choice than to throw it away. 

From left: Mary Bishara , Hannah Wells, Denise Belanger , Everlin Diaz (Ava Troest)


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Ava Troest
Ava Troest, Reporter
Ava is a senior at Leominster High School. She is one of four captains of the girls' soccer team, and also plays for FC Stars. She has played soccer since she was three years old and has been a member of the girls Varsity soccer program all four years of high school. She plans to further her academic career and play soccer at Franklin Pierce University. Her goal is to have a career in Psychology. Ava is taking Journalism because she loves to write, she’s also very interested in discussing news and current events. In Ava's free time she enjoys skiing in the winter and going to the gym.   
Olivia Rodriguez
Olivia Rodriguez, Reporter
Olivia Rodriguez is a senior at Leominster High School. She is a student athlete and has played varsity soccer all 4 years of her high school career, and is still deciding if she wants to pursue her career in college. Olivia is part of the CTEi trade program at LHS. She wants to become a pediatrician so she is studying in the Health Assisting class. Olivia took Journalism hoping to find new ways she can understand news and excel in her writing.

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