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BCS Nutrition Inspires Leaders at State Conference
BCS Nutrition Inspires Leaders at State Conference
Posted on 02/26/2021
Nutrition workers inspire NC leaders with message that feeding children is about love.

Featured Photos/Videos: 1. (Above) BCS Nutrition staff from across Buncombe County share their motivations for serving meals to children. 2. (Below, left) Mark Riley of the Progressive Education Program serves a meal from a school bus near A.C. Reynolds Middle School on April 17, 2020. 3. (Below, right) Two students at Black Mountain Primary school hold a sign that reads "2,000,000 Meals Served" on November 9, 2020.

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications

The award-winning BCS Nutrition team inspired leaders across the state this month with their message that feeding children during a pandemic — or anytime — is all about love.

Mark Riley of the Progressive Education Program serves a meal from a school bus near A.C. Reynolds Middle School.Buncombe County Schools staff kicked off the second morning of the Feb. 17-18 North Carolina Child Hunger Leaders Conference with an inspiring and heartfelt video presentation. In the “Here for You” video, Nutrition workers shared their motivations for serving daily meals to students in all circumstances. Selections from the short video were also featured two other times during the conference.

“Our Buncombe County School Nutrition family takes great pride and joy in preparing and serving meals to Buncombe County Schools students,“ said Child Nutrition Director Lisa Payne. "We are here to nourish their minds, bodies, and souls daily."

Produced in September of 2020 by the BCS Communications Department, the project aimed to articulate the Nutrition team's rock solid commitment to feeding students during uncertain times. The script was inspired by responses to a poll that asked workers what drove them to give their best at serving sites around the county.

Black Mountain Primary students hold their handmade Two Million Meals Served sign in November, 2020.From the first hours of the COVID-19 crisis, Nutrition workers found solutions and supported families. In June, they served their millionth hand-made bagged meal and they served their two-millionth meal in November. 

“It's about love,” the workers repeated in the video in four languages.

The 10th-annual NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference was presented by the Carolina Hunger Initiative, after nine years of hosting by No Kid Hungry NC. It featured online messages from Governor Roy Cooper, First Lady Kristin Cooper, NC Superintendent Catherine Truitt, NC Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, U.S. Congresswoman Dr. Alma S. Adams, NC State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis, NC School Nutrition and District Operations Director Lynn Harvey, and many other distinguished education and nutrition professionals.

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