The City of Indio will recognize 68 Desert Sands Unified School District employees for their commitment to keeping families fed with healthy and nutritious meals during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Those employees will be honored at the January 20th 2021 Indio City Council meeting.

In the last 10 months, the DSUSD Nutrition Services team has adapted to serve more than  3 million drive-through pick-up meals district-wide, including 1.9 million meals within the City of Indio.

At 18 school sites and one apartment complex within the City, these DSUSD staff members provide breakfast and lunch…seven days a week.

DSUSD’s Nutrition Services staff would typically be responsible for warming food in a cafeteria, serving meals to students, and interacting with them at the register.

Now they are providing grab-and-go meals, and  moving heavy equipment in order to transport the food
safely outdoors.

“They take great pride in the job they do, and it is apparent in the smiles of their students,” says  Dan Cappello, Nutrition Services Director for Desert Sands Unified School District.

“Our ‘lunch team’ is extremely understanding, and takes pride in providing a sense of normalcy to parents and students.”

As City Council Chambers are not open to the public at this time, Indio’s City Council will present these DSUSD staff members a Proclamation at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 via Zoom.

The public is welcome to watch the recognition live via the City’s website or Facebook page.

Grab-and-go meals are available to all students at no cost, and take place at all Indio schools on
Mondays and Wednesdays.



Grab and Go food station set up in the Desert Sands School District, Indio CA.

Photo from City of Indio CA