The Inside Scoop with the Lunch Ladies

Katie Cappelletti and Tracey Edson

Staff Writers

Many people don't recognize the effort that the Jamesville-DeWitt High School cafeteria staff puts in, because all their hard work is done behind the scenes. While the students sit in classes learning about various things, the lunch ladies are working to prepare a good lunch for those who choose to buy.


Most cafeteria staff members arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., but for Mrs. Jo-Anne Cacchionne, her day begins around 7:30 a.m. Cacchionne arrives early because she helps prepare the food for all of the meals the staff serves. After the staff gets to the school, they set up their specific area to get ready for the kids to come through. Between lunches, they restock their areas of work in order to be prepared for the next group of students.


The ladies’ favorite part of the day is when the kids come through the line.  “I like working with the kids because I have grandkids myself and I enjoy talking to them,” said Mrs. Claire Shalloum, who has been a part of the staff for seven years.    


Many of the students don’t realize the impact that they have on the ladies, but they brighten the ladies’ days just by coming through their lines. “I can come in here not too happy, but I always leave happier because the students lift my spirits,” said Mrs. Lynn Kemp, who has worked at J-D for nine years and is currently serving sandwiches and salads.


It is important for everyone to recognize and appreciate what the lunch ladies do for students. They work hard to provide students with meals, and and students should remember to say “please” and “thank you” when the go through the lines. “I love when the kids come down and I get to talk to them because they always brighten my day,” said Cacchionne.