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Butler County Schools staff band together to keep lunchrooms going amid COVID-19

When a lunchroom worker at both McKenzie and Greenville Middle School tested positive for COVID-19, the school lunch programs at both schools were in danger of closing for two weeks, but employees within the Butler County School system stepped up to the plate to ensure that didn’t happen.

Superintendent Joseph Eiland said that Georgiana’s lunchroom workers stepped up to the plate to fix breakfast and lunch for McKenzie.

Dianne McCoy, child nutrition manager at Georgiana, said her staff was happy to help their sister school.

“We are all in this together,” she said.

Adding McKenzie’s lunches and breakfasts to their list of things to do doubled the lunchroom workers’ load.

They fixed grab-and-go-type meals that were easy to be delivered, and MHS principal Miles Brown and counselor Todd Henderson were charged with giving out the meals to the students.

At Greenville Middle School, Eiland, Principal Bryant Marlow, CNP Director Linda Perdue, nurse Ebony McMeans and Joseph Dean prepared meals for the students at GMS.

“When we found out that two of our lunchroom workers tested positive, we had to quarantine the rest of the staff members,” Eiland said. “We had two options, close the schools for two weeks or take the route that we did. No one is going unfed and no one is missing a meal.”