Our top-notch lineup of school nutrition professionals, chefs and experts will share the latest trends and resources that will help you gain great ideas for your school nutrition program!
Download the 2019 OSNA Conference Program (.pdf) here before the show.
ODE’s Farm to School Grants are funded by the Oregon State Legislature, and funding needs to be renewed each session, through Oregon’s Farm to School Bill. The Legislative Session began on January 22 and the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN) has an ambitious plan to pass an expanded Oregon Farm to School Bill, to provide increased funding for Oregon’s Farm to School Grants.
HB 2579, the 2019 Farm to School Bill would expand the Farm to School Grant Program to provide additional funding for both Procurement and Education Grants, and additional funding for summer meals. HB 2579 requests a total of $8.5 million (this is $4 million more than is available for the current Grant Program). This is an ambitious expansion and our partners with the OFSSGN need everyone’s support to make it reality.
The OFSSGN is coordinating two Lobby Days for the Farm to School Bill on Thursday March 14 and Friday March 15 in conjunction with the OSNA State Conference. We’re hoping that while you’re in Salem for the OSNA Conference that you can take an hour or so out of your day on Thursday (before the conference) or Friday (if you’ll have a break in your day) to head over to the Oregon State Capitol, which is six blocks away, to meet with your legislator(s) to express your support for the ODE Farm to School Grant Program.
The OFSSGN will schedule one or two meetings for you (they’ll last about 15 minutes each) accompany you to the meeting(s), and can help you prep what you’ll say if you’d like. All you need to do is show up with your story about how the grant program makes a difference for your district, students, or community.
If you are willing/able to meet with your legislators on Thursday March 14 or Friday March 15, please RSVP using this form and someone from the OFSSGN will be in touch to schedule your meetings and provide all the info you need.
If you have questions contact Megan@oregonfarmtoschool.org. Thank you for your engagement!
Thank you to all OSNA members who donated costumes, accessories and craft items to Chelsea’s Closet, the Portland-based charity that provides sick kids in Oregon with a chance to dress up and have fun.
Suzann Kayser of JG Neil and OSNA Industry Committee co-hair met with the folks from Chelsea’s Closet in mid-November and turned over the costumes. “They were very grateful,” she said.
The Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA) is seeking proposals for sessions to be presented during our association’s annual State Conference at the Salem Convention Center, Salem, Oregon, March 15-16, 2019.
OSNA’s membership consists of school nutrition professionals and our conference attendees are school kitchen cooks, district nutrition directors, vendors and state agency personnel.
We hold this conference annually as a way for our members to attend professional development sessions, network with each other, and attend the Food and Equipment tradeshow held on the second day of conference.
We are issuing this request for proposal (RFP) because we believe that there are many organizations, vendors and businesses available to speak on topics that will interest our audience. We would like to give everyone the chance to submit a session proposal to help us make this our best conference yet. Our budget is limited for booking speakers who require payment; therefore, volunteer speakers are greatly appreciated.
Session proposals should include content that will meet the USDA Professional Development Standards. All school nutrition staff are required to earn a minimum amount of CEUs annually and many of our attendees use our conference as a way to complete those training hours.
If your business, organization, or network has content to share with school nutrition professionals attending our conference, please consider submitting a proposal for a session or keynote address. Sessions and/or topic areas that draw a crowd are:
- Marketing/Social Media/How to Market on a Budget
- Culinary Tips, Demonstrations
- Local Purchasing
- Expanding School Nutrition Programs
- Equipment/Smallwares (with an emphasis on affordable tips to make kitchens more efficient)
- Financial Management
- Increasing Participation in School Breakfast
- Lunch Shaming
Please submit session proposals, including any fees associated with your session or keynote address, to: Becki Wicks, firstname.lastname@example.org, by October 2, 2018.
Accepted proposals will be awarded by November 16, 2018.
Hello nutrition and hunger prevention partners!
Please join us this Friday, May 18, 2018 in raising awareness of the Summer Food Service Program across Oregon. The Summer Meals Promotion day aims to connect families early on to local programs in their communities, so they can plan for a fun and healthy summer!
We hope you’ll help in the following ways:
Check out the Communications Guide on Google Drive for easy social media content and images
Share the short newsletter article included within the Communications Guide – in 5 languages!
Talk about SummerFoodOregon.org; it will have a new look beginning May 15, will be available in five languages, and will feature a Summer Meals Experience survey for families so we can better meet their needs (with drawings for $20 gift cards)
Tag @Summer Meals Oregon and use #summermealsor when you visit local programs or to show off your own local program.
Please pass this information along to your need-to-know networks!
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs
In conjunction with the OSNA State Conference and Food Show, the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council is sponsoring a pre-conference Agriculture Tour on Friday, March 9. The bus tour will feature visits to Abiqua Dairy, Norpac and Truitt Bros. in the Salem area.