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Donation to help school provide gourmet lunches

Dave Holland and Marianne Adams deliver a donation of 130 gallons of oil from The Adams Group to Stacie Velasquez to the Arbuckle Elementary School kitchen on July 15 for the upcoming school year lunch program. Jennifer Blue • Pioneer Review • © 2020

A generous donation from a local business greased up the wheels that keep the school machine running.

Adams Group Inc. is over 100 years old and a family owned business in Arbuckle that deals in grain, oil, seeds, and trucking. On July 15, Dave Holland and Marianne Adams, of Adams Group, loaded up a truck full of oil and delivered it to the cafeteria at Arbuckle Elementary School.

Stacie Velasquez, food service director was there to help unload the 130 gallons of sunflower and avocado blend into the school’s kitchen.

“(The oil blend) can be used in many cooking processes, including baking, sauces and frying,” said Holland, who said he uses it to make a fish sauce.

The donation was estimated to be valued at $2,500 and Velasquez said it will really help with the school lunch program that will start up again next month, even though students will be learning from home.

Instead of students bringing lunches to school, the school will be bringing lunches to the children. Velasquez added that the oil will be perfect as a vinaigrette for pasta and vegetable dressing for the bagged lunches.

Throughout the spring of 2020 when schools were no longer physically attended by students, the food services were continued. As plans for the upcoming start date for school are underway, one thing that legislation requires is school lunches for students be provided.

“We have to provide the same program that we do during the regular year,” said Carol Geyer, PJUSD superintendent, during a special school board meeting on July 22. “So that means the menuing, that means free and reduced lunch, and it means students who are only enrolled in our district.”

Geyer said that due to COVID-19, the district is working on the logistics to deliver all aspects of school to kids instead of kids coming to school. â– 

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