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Food service worker passes on apron about food and good nutrition,” said Marcucci, who is friends with Horner. “I’ve

always lived my life that way, always making good meals for my kids.

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Call 1-800-362-8315 or 715-423-7200 Shirley Horner, Adams-Friendship School District food service director, explains the kinds of food students can choose from. Horner retired at the end of the school year, but plans to help assist the new employee with the summer food program.

percent of its enrollment receiving a free or reduced-price lunch. Mondays were the toughest day of the week to provide lunches. “When they came back (from the weekend) on Monday, whatever we have, they ate more,” Horner said. “We have an idea they don’t get a lot during the weekends, some of them maybe nothing. “I try to put extra carbs on the menus on Monday just to help fill them up, and maybe that’s not the right thing to do because of the obesity, but you can

tell how they eat.” Horner said it’s hard to believe how some families sustain themselves in Adams County with parents providing a living on part-time wages. “When I see the incomes that come in on free and reduced applications, and what the families are living on, I can’t imagine living on that,” Horner said. In the future, Horner expects the federal government to change what foods are served to students, but first, she hopes the state Legislature will drop the reduced assistance

category. Removing that category would open up free lunches for more families. “I had the hardest time collecting money from the kids on reduced lunch,” Horner said. “And I can’t turn a kid down; if a kid shows up in line and he says he’s hungry and he wants to eat, I feed him.” The main reason Horner isn’t sad to leave the district is because of who is taking her position. Vicki Marcucci, who went to school for dietetics, was tabbed as Horner’s successor. “I have a passion

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By Adam Wise For Lake Country Snapshots ADAMS — Twenty years and thousands of chicken nuggets later, Shirley Horner is set to leave the kitchen. The food services director for the Adams-Friendship Area School District the past two decades, Horner enjoyed her last day of school and retired this summer. Horner was responsible for making more food available to more students in the School District than in years past, thanks to the district’s breakfast and summer meals programs. But diabetes and age took their toll, so she wants to step away to accomplish more things in life. “It made me realize there’s a few other things I want to try to do. I’m going to miss my kids, and I’m going to miss my staff, but I think it’s going to be a good thing,” she said. Horner’s district has one of the state’s highest poverty rates with 68

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