Virginia Governor Ralph Northam made his second visit this year to Louisa County High School on Thursday morning to pay tribute to the public schools' cafeteria workers.
The school breakfast and lunch program has gone the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic, bringing food to classrooms rather than feeding students in cafeterias. That has meant a whole new level of food preparation, as items have to be wrapped up in the cafeteria so they stay warm while they are delivered to students.
Northam got a taste of how it's done as he used a machine designed to seal plastic wrap over mashed potatoes.
So far this school year, Louisa County Public Schools cafeteria teams have served 219,000 meals, and more than 1.3 million meals since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to schools spokesman Andrew Woolfolk. Each day about 3,200 lunch orders are filled.
"It's great to be here at Louisa County High School to see all the wonderful staff that make sure our children have good nutrition," Northam said. "The children need it to be productive, so I commend the high school for making sure they have that at such a difficult time. They are a model for the rest of the state."
Northam previously visited the high school last spring to see how students and administrators were adapting to education during a pandemic.