Cafeteria workers need support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cafeteria workers need to be recognized with labor protections for risking their own health to continue serving free meals to students

“These essential workers deserve a federal guarantee that they will earn at least $15 per hour, have access to paid-sick leave and affordable healthcare, and retire with dignity. The pandemic has shown us just how important ‘lunch ladies’ are, and we owe it to them to remember this lesson when school is back in session.” #rESPect #WeLoveOurESP

The halls of K-12 schools across the country are eerily quiet, as teachers and students stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Yet cafeteria workers are reporting to work, figuring out innovative ways to serve children free, nutritious school meals in the middle of a pandemic that has caused unprecedented job loss and economic upheaval. Click to read more.