Lunch ladies: unsung heroes


Sonja Gates, Department of Defense Education Activity school meal program manager, walks through the Ramstein Intermediate School kitchen at Ramstein Air Base, March 25. With the outbreak of COVID-19, Gates and cafeteria supervisors from all Ramstein schools came together to create the grab-and-go meal program for students.
Sonja Gates, left, Department of Defense Education Activity school meal program manager, speaks with Simone Jochum, right, Ramstein Intermediate School cafeteria supervisor, at Ramstein Air Base, March 25. Gates and her team put together the grab-and-go meals program to help parents and their children during the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019.
Sonja Gates, left, Department of Defense Education Activity school meal program manager, and Simone Jochum, right, Ramstein Intermediate School cafeteria supervisor, prepare salad cups at Ramstein Air Base, March 25. Salads were part of the grab-and-go lunches Gates and her team provided to support parents and their children.
Simone Jochum, Ramstein Intermediate School cafeteria supervisor, signs in Jammie Burton and her daughter at Ramstein Air Base, March 25. Jochum assisted parents with the grab-and-go meal process and handed out menus to inform parents ahead of time what the school would serve.