Treat for teachers: Coffee shop’s lunchbox program rewards educators with healthy food
by Paige Jordan
February 26, 2014 02:12 AM | 2795 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the Daily Grind’s turkey sandwiches being prepared at the restaurant for the Teacher’s Lunch Box program. <br>Staff/Paige Jordan
One of the Daily Grind’s turkey sandwiches being prepared at the restaurant for the Teacher’s Lunch Box program.
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Allyssa Russ of the Daily Grind prepares lunch for the Teacher’s Lunch Box service. <br>Staff/Paige Jordan
Allyssa Russ of the Daily Grind prepares lunch for the Teacher’s Lunch Box service.
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The Daily Grind Coffee Shop 3690 Mary Eliza Trace in west Cobb. <br>Staff/Paige Jordan
The Daily Grind Coffee Shop 3690 Mary Eliza Trace in west Cobb.
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A small coffee shop in west Cobb works daily to make a big difference in education by preparing and delivering lunches every afternoon to deserving teachers at work.

The Daily Grind, at 3690 Mary Eliza Trace off Due West Road in Marietta, runs the Teacher’s Lunch Box service. This service gives local parents and students of nearly 20 schools the opportunity to treat a teacher of their choice to a healthy lunch and a note of encouragement.

Matt Sellors, owner of the Daily Grind, was inspired by the passion and hard work of local teachers and is excited to give the community a chance to show their gratitude to teachers. Sellors recognizes the weight of responsibility that teachers carry every day and believes now is the perfect time to give teachers the praise they deserve.

“It’s tougher to be a teacher now more than ever. If parents did this for their teachers, how much better would the attitudes of the teachers be in the classroom?” Sellors said. “We need to give the great performers of our community the praise they deserve.”

Teachers at all levels of education — elementary, middle school and high school, private and public — can be rewarded.

Donations are made through the service’s website “teacherslunchbox.org” to teachers with active accounts, where parents and students are given the choice to send four different sandwich options, a wrap or a salad. At the cost of $15, the lunches are prepared and delivered to the schools. The donator can also leave a message on the teacher’s “chalkboard,” a motivational note of appreciation or thanks that is viewed by the teacher when he or she visits their account on the Teacher’s Lunch Box website.

Teacher’s Lunch Box has five other partners in education: School Box, Publix Supermarkets, Ted’s Montana Grill, Barnes & Noble and Required Fitness. Fifteen percent of each lunch purchase benefits a partner in education of the teacher’s choice, and one dollar from each treat goes toward a gift card from that partner in education that will enable the teacher to do more in the classroom.

“My dream is that maybe a Kroger would see our program and help us expand by making lunches,” Sellors said.

He said this is just the beginning, and with the versatile platform of software the service uses, Sellors is hopeful Teacher’s Lunch Box will spread to more schools.

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