Child Nutrition Services teams awarded protective gear through CAS grant

The Socorro Independent School District continues to improve the operation of Child Nutrition Services by providing its employees protective gear and equipment.

The SISD Human Resources and Risk Management departments recently presented all Team SISD cafeteria teams with new freezer jackets through a $5,835 grant by Claim Administrative Services.

“Safety has always been the number one priority in the Socorro Independent School District,” said Mario Carmona, SISD director of benefits. “Our cafeteria workers are valued employees who play an important role in the success of our students. The jackets will provide a barrier between our employees and the elements. We want to ensure that they are safe and healthy at all times.”

Cafeteria workers serve breakfast, lunch, snacks, and suppers to SISD children during the school year and in the summer; a job that requires employees to experience drastic temperature changes throughout the day.

“We work in extreme temperatures and often have to go into the freezer or the coolers to get products out,” said Shelley Chenausky, director of child nutrition services.  “We were so excited that our employees received these jackets. They will positively impact our workers every single day.”

SISD cafeteria freezers are chilled to -10 degrees Fahrenheit to keep food safe and inactivate bacteria or mold.

“These jackets were needed because the freezers get really cold,” said Luis Gaytan, a cafeteria manager at SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School and Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary. “We can use the jackets to take things out and into the freezer, and during inclement weather to take out the trash.”

In previous years, CNS employees also have received special cashier mats, aprons, goggles, gloves and other personal protective equipment to continue promoting safety and increase their wellness.

“It’s the little things that make a difference,” Chenausky said. “Our team is really grateful to receive these items. It keeps them protected and shows them that we care about their safety and their wellbeing.”

Gaytan agrees.

“It’s really awesome that they did this for us,” he said. “It shows they are thinking about us and that food services is an important part of the district.”

To view CNS CAS grant event photos, click here.