The Child Nutrition Program Conference brings together education, nutrition, and nonprofit professionals as well as child hunger-prevention advocates to deepen their knowledge of child nutrition programs and promote innovative strategies for building successful local nutrition sites. It’s also a chance to share ideas and challenges with a vibrant professional peer network that can provide support and expertise across a wide variety of issues.
The non-profit Oregon School Nutrition Association has awarded Karin Nichols, nutrition manager with Sue Buel Elementary School in McMinnville, OR, the Manager of the Year Award. The award, considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn, recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.
Karin Nichols has been employed by McMinnville School District for more than 16 years. She is the cafeteria manager at Sue Buel Elementary School and previously managed Memorial Elementary Kitchen. Karin also assists with catering, and has worked in summer feeding and afterschool programs. Most recently, Karin and one of her staff members were honored for administering the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of one of her students.
“Dedicated cafeteria managers work tirelessly to implement projects and support initiatives to ensure students have access to healthy meals and to improve their dining experience,” said Cindi Hiatt-Henry, president of the Oregon School Nutrition Association. “Karin exemplifies excellence in school foodservice, going above and beyond to enhance the Buel Elementary School community.”
The Manager of the Year Award is in honor of Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition in her state and in the national School Nutrition Association. During her 43 years in the profession, Sublette worked in many areas of foodservice—public schools, colleges, hospitals and elderly feeding programs. Sublette dedicated her career to honoring school nutrition professionals and ensuring those who work in school cafeterias have access to professional development opportunities, empowering them to help their school meal programs flourish.
Karin was recently honored at the Oregon School Nutrition Association State Conference on March 14 in Salem, Oregon. As the winner from the state of Oregon, Karin will also be considered for the national School Nutrition Association’s Manager of the Year Award.
Harrisburg School District has an opening for a Kitchen Supervisor. Applicants should have two years’ minimum full-time experience in school cafeteria menu planning, nutrition guidelines, large-quantity food preparation, government menu record-keeping, food expenses, ordering and budgeting. For full details on position qualifications, salary and more, please view the Employment Announcement page here. The application deadline is March 31 at 5 pm.
The McMinnville School District is featured in the national Beyond Breakfast Blog today in Part 1 of a two-part series on breakfast in the classroom. The article features interviews with McMinnville SD’s School Nutrition Director Cindi Hiatt-Henry and Crista Hawkins of the Oregon Dairy Council. Find out more about how the district has successfully implemented breakfast-in-the-classroom (BIC) and why they believe BIC is the perfect fit for their schools! Read more…
The Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA) is holding elections for positions on its Executive Board. The positions open are Secretary, Vice President, and Area Representatives in Areas 1, 3 and 5. Please click the OSNA Elections Survey Monkey link to cast your votes today!
Voting ends Wednesday, March 11 at 12 noon PST.
The Gervais School District has a Food Services Director position opening. Applicants should have knowledge of dietary principles and practices related to school meal programs, as well as experience in procedures and equipment used in preparation, cooking and serving in large quantities. Qualified applicants will also have knowledge of the factors involved in menu planning, state laws and district policies pertaining to the National School Lunch Program, and budgeting and bidding procedures.
Application deadline: March 27. Read the Vacancy Announcement for details on how to apply…
“Let’s Do Breakfast Oregon” is a new awareness campaign to encourage more schools to serve breakfast in the first few minutes of first period. Annie Kirschner, program director with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, says legislation (HB 2846) in Salem would allow that without compromising teachers’ instructional time. She predicts the bill will pass.
Other partners in the campaign are the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Dairy Council, which is offering grants to help schools that might need extra equipment for expanding breakfast programs. Read more…