Ten years ago, Christina Osborne took a job as a temporary worker in the cafeteria at Stedman Elementary to be near her children, who were students there.
Osborne discovered she liked the challenge of preparing food for hundreds of children every day, and of seeking out recipes for good-tasting, healthy meals that can draw kids away from pre-packaged snack chips and processed foods.
Now Osborne is a cafeteria manager for the Cumberland County schools, where she oversees the kitchen staff preparing and serving the food. At age 39, she is in her second year of pursuing a four-year college degree in business to advance her career with the school system. This past week Osborne went to Washington on a national School Nutrition Foundation fellowship to advocate for child nutrition programs.