ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A brand new documentary premiered Wednesday night time on the Civic Theatre in Allentown.
It is referred to as “The Saints of ASD,” and it highlights the work of college lunch employees within the Allentown College District through the pandemic. We spoke with Ms. Susie, who works at Luis Ramos Elementary College, and who can be featured on the documentary poster.
The movie reveals how, when colleges shut down in-person courses to stop the unfold of COVID-19, lunch employees continued to come back to work to verify college students had a dependable meal daily.
“For lots of us, it was a no brainer. We come to work as a result of we love our job,” mentioned Ms. Susie.
In addition they love ensuring children do not go hungry.
“These folks do it as a result of they wish to serve their group, and heroes wasn’t robust sufficient of a phrase. So to me, they’re the Saints,” mentioned Brandon Wunder, the director of the movie.
Wunder mentioned, when many individuals have been working from house, lunch girls put themselves in danger to verify children have been fed.
“I’d say about 80 % of us bought sick, and we’re nonetheless to today very understaffed,” mentioned Ms. Susie.
Ms. Susie mentioned the varsity district at the moment has 28 open positions that must be crammed. Wunder mentioned, in creating the movie, he discovered how dangerous the necessity for dependable meals actually is.
“One in three youngsters in our metropolis face meals insecurity. Which means one in three youngsters in our metropolis do not know the place their subsequent meal is coming from,” mentioned Wunder.
Wunder mentioned he hopes by telling the story of those girls he evokes folks to play an even bigger position of their group.
“I implore folks. Volunteer at meals banks. Get entangled with college district conferences. Go to neighborhood conferences,” mentioned Wunder.
Or placed on an apron and assist out within the kitchen.
“We actually, really want individuals who would think about doing this job to please apply and please assist us,” mentioned Ms. Susie.