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Holmen High School nutrition team Stephanie Sheley and Kim Cassem, front from left, and Jen Dlouhy, Sarah Mumm and Ruby Chase, back row from left.

Eric Timmons, Coulee Courier

Sarah Mumm leads a team of eight at Holmen High School that turns out over 1,300 meals a day.

Mumm is the nutrition team leader at the high school and was recently named manager of the year by the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin, a statewide award.

“The kids love her,” said Mike Gasper of Mumm.

It’s the highest compliment Gasper could pay to someone responsible for the breakfasts and lunches of so many students at the high school.

Gasper is the Nutrition Services Supervisor for Holmen School District and presented the nutrition association award to Mumm at a high school assembly last week. She earned wild applause from the students when the award was announced.

The food served by Mumm and her team at the high school includes a wide assortment of fresh vegetables and other options you might not associate with a typical school cafeteria.

“We do a lot of things from scratch now,” Gasper said. “Sarah’s strengths really are her creativity and her willingness to try new things.”

Mumm is proud of the salad bar at the cafeteria, which she said she’d put up against the offerings at any restaurant.

She and her team serve up holiday meals to the students, including one that recently featured ham from hogs raised by the school’s FFA chapter. A “surf and turf” steak dinner farewell meal will be held before the summer for departing students.

“I couldn’t do this without the awesome staff we have here,” Mumm said.

She’s gotten to know so many students since she joined the district in 2011 and she those relationships are one of the highlights of the job.

“I love the relationships we’ve developed over the years,” she said. “It’s a really neat connection.”

Mumm and her team work incredibly hard, Gasper noted, in order to produce so many meals for the students.

“It’s like an orchestra,” he said. “They work so well together.”

Gasper said he was delighted that Mumm had received recognition for her efforts from a statewide organization, which he saw as a reflection of the quality of the work being carried out in nutrition services throughout Holmen schools.

“I think any of our team leaders in the district could have won this award,” he said.

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Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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