Feeding students during a pandemic

Copper Canyon food services employees step up to make sure Aztecs get their meals during COVID


Although the cafeteria at school was empty most of this year, CCHS food services employees were busy making sure students were fed.

Jennifer Gonzalez, Aztec Media

Covid 19 has left many students wondering how they can get meals from the school. Copper Canyon Food Nutrition manager Shannon Sullivan says the pandemic has affected how they distribute food to students but that they’re still working to get help to those in need. 

The food department had a plan on ensuring that students would have access to nutrition meals with the help of the transportation department and administration on campus they had executed that plan.

“We follow CDC guidelines wearing masks at all times, washing hands frequently, and social distancing,” Sullivan said when asked how they stay safe while preparing meals.

During the pandemic, the food department struggled slightly with food vendors shutting down. The primary thing affected was having a limit of supplies on some items.

Shannon has stated that she misses all of the students and staff that would pass by the cafeteria each day.

One mother, Rubi, heard about this program and decided to get home delivery and shared how she felt.

“The support of our children’s school was of great help not only because of the food but because they have sent it to our homes, which prevents us from going out to expose ourselves to the supermarkets,” she said.

Rubi added that she is thankful for the food department for providing healthy meals during this difficult time. There is relief to people who have rested or reduced time in their jobs.

With classes back on campus the meal distribution offerings have changed, so be sure to contact food services or the front office if you have any questions.

For more information on student nutrition services: https://www.tuhsd.org/Food_and_Nutrition