MOUNT VERNON — A dedicated corps of volunteers help make the hot lunch program at St. Vincent de Paul School a success, and what some call the best school cafeteria in the county.
People have told the News St. Vincent meals, which cost $2.60, look better, smell better and have bigger portions than other school lunches.
Asked why that might be, cafeteria manager Debra Egan said the meals are mostly made from scratch, with the ingredients coming from GFS and Lanning’s, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables. “We use local foods as much as we can,” she said. “I just had Lanning’s deliver carrots, broccoli and cucumbers this morning.”
“I cook here the way I do at home,” added Egan. “Everything is made with love. And I’m not going to serve anything to the kids that I wouldn’t eat.”
Freshness is another positive factor. “If we have cakes or cookies or brownies or something we have to bake,” said Egan, “we bake it that morning, like the breadsticks today.”
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