Port Towns Elementary cafeteria staff with students, author Jarrett Krosoczka and principal Lisa Farabaugh. (School Nutrition Association)

Corral Shepherd, who manages the cafeteria at Port Towns Elementary School in Prince George’s, said she was overwhelmed recently when her students honored her and the other lunch ladies as part of national School Lunch Hero Day.

“It was just wonderful,” said Shepherd, who has created menus and bought supplies for the nearly 1,000 students at Port Towns for the past two years.

The students presented Shepherd and her staff of six cafeteria employees with flowers, a basket full of handwritten cards and a plaque expressing their gratitude.

The celebration was part of the national School Nutrition Employees Week, which runs this week. The program is sponsored by the School Nutrition Association.

“Thank you for always serving us delicious food,” reads the plaque that was presented to the cafeteria workers. “Your food is the best. We love pizza, corn dogs, chicken nuggets and french fries. Going to lunch is our favorite time of the day.”

The recognition was a first for Shepherd, who has worked in food service in the school system since 2006.

“I just felt so honored,” she said. “It’s so nice working with these kids.”

The celebration was capped off with the students and staff meeting Jarrett Krosoczka, an award-winning author/illustrator of “Lunch Lady,” a series of graphic novels that tell a story about his school lunch hero.