January 26, 2023

Chris Lovell joined the Food Services team at The New England Center for Children (NECC) in September 2017. Over the last several years, her congeniality, and her compassion and love for the students hasn’t gone unnoticed. She was nominated by colleagues because she “takes her time to get to know students, staff, her colleagues, and pretty much anyone she meets. She is always very helpful and always has a great, positive attitude.” She was also recognized for “always going above and beyond for the students, noticing the little things they might need.”

 What is a typical day like in your job?

I’m kind of the “front end” of the cafeteria. I don’t cook, but I make sure things are stocked or setup for the day. I check product levels for ordering purposes, take the lunch counts daily, and I am able to fill in any position in the event of sick calls, vacations, etc. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

Prior to COVID, we worked a lot with the kids, whether it was serving in the lunch line or making sandwiches or gathering healthy snacks. I loved that interaction with them. I miss that, but glad we are starting to welcome them back to the cafeteria.  

What’s one aspect of your job you wish everyone could experience?

I wish everyone could see the excitement and happiness when a student comes into the cafeteria and sees that his favorite soup is on the menu that day or that we have special ice cream. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work I love to read and spend a lot of time on Cape Cod.

Who is someone you look up to?

The people I look up to are my parents. They spent a lot of time with us kids growing up and we made a lot of memories together. If wealth came from love, we were the richest of all.

What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?

Be Kind! You don’t know what others are dealing with. Be the reason someone smiles today!