Longtime Virginia cafeteria worker honored for her dedication

"It shows me that my work is not in vain."
Posted at 3:47 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 15:47:05-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mayor Levar Stoney and Superintendent Jason Kamras joined Linwood Holton Elementary School students for breakfast Thursday morning -- in honor of National School Breakfast Week.

Stoney and Kamras helped distribute foods like breakfast sandwiches, eggs, fruit, and yogurt. Then they sat down to feast with Miss Motley's Second Grade class.

After the meal, Mayor Stoney presented cafeteria manager Gloria Kenney with a proclamation of 'School Breakfast Week' in honor of her dedication to making sure every child gets a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

"She does such a wonderful job here at Holton Elementary," said Superintendent Kamras. "And she also represents all of our nutrition workers all across the school division who work so hard every day."

Kenney said she was surprised and honored to receive the proclamation.

"It shows me that my work is not in vain," said Kenney. "I’ve been a cafeteria worker for at least 32 years, and this is one of the highlights of my career."

National School Breakfast week is celebrated annually to increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program child nutrition initiative and raise awareness about the importance of making sure students are well-fed every day.

"In order to be successful throughout the day, you have to have a good meal to start the day off with," said Mayor Stoney. "You can’t be hungry for knowledge if you're just plain hungry, and I think it’s good that RPS is stepping up and ensuring that each kid gets a free meal."