Thanks to all of our speakers, vendors and attendees for making OSNA’s Annual Industry Seminar and USDA Foods Show another successful educational event! This year’s meeting, held October 16, 2015 at the Camp Withycombe Armory and Event Center in Clackamas, Oregon, featured the theme “Spicing It Up in School Foodservice!”
Featured speaker Chef Brenda L. Thompson-Wattles, RDN, LD, seasoned her two presentations with insightful advice and timely tips for school nutrition directors and cooks about how to increase participation with passion and enthusiasm. Visit our Annual Industry Seminar Page to download PDFs of Chef Brenda’s presentations!
Do you have a passion to serve others by creating healthy kids and communities? Do you enjoy travel and working with people enthusiastic about helping others? Are you excited about what Child Nutrition Programs can do for the state of Oregon? The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is hiring for a permanent, full-time Child Nutrition Specialist with National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). This position is located in Salem, Oregon.
Job duties include providing timely leadership, monitoring, technical assistance, and support to institutions, programs and individuals in the administration, planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and improvement of nutrition services and nutrition education programs. For a full job description and application, please visit the ODE Job Openings page online.
Oregon Trail School District has announced an opening for a Food Service Site Leader at Naas Elementary School. The job entails performing routine kitchen duties, food preparation, clean up and related work in preparing and distributing food for consumption by students and school personnel. Qualified applicants will have one year of progressively responsible experience in food preparation, cooking and baking for a school lunch or similar program, including menu planning, food orders, inventory control and work coordination. Please visit the Oregon Trails Job Vacancies page for details and employment application.
Visit our Resources page and download the PDF version of the 2015-2016 OSNA Directory today! In its 20th year of publication, this valuable reference is the only school food service directory that provides detailed contact information for Oregon’s school nutrition professionals working in the state’s public, private and residential child care institutions.
Attendees of the Oct. 16 OSNA Annual Industry Seminar will receive the first distribution of the spiral-bound print directory.
As part of our efforts to promote and increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program in Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Dairy Council, and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs are excited to announce the 2015 November School Challenge!
Schools are encouraged to enroll to celebrate school breakfast, boost student participation, and win cool prizes!
Through the School Breakfast Challenge, participating schools will gear up to increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program for the month of November. Schools will receive resources and support from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Dairy Council, and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs. First and second place and spirit award winners will be celebrated grandly and receive prize packages for their schools.
The first 20 schools to register will receive a Challenge Toolkit complete with marketing and promotional materials, templates, and other resources for student, parent, and staff engagement. Register your school here!
Registration open: Tuesday, September 15th – Thursday, October 15th.
Challenge dates: Monday, November 2nd – Friday, December 4th.
For official details, please see our Challenge Guidelines (PDF, 551KB).
For more information, contact Katherine Selin, School Breakfast Coordinator at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon at Katherine@oregonhunger.org or 503-595-5501 ext 311.
Download and share the November School Breakfast Challenge flyer (PDF, 1.76 MB)
To follow along, use #LetsDoBreakfastOregon!
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The Oregon Dairy Council‘s fall edition of the School Wellness Newsletter is available for download from the OSNA website. The theme is “Stepping into the New School Year” and articles highlight activity before, during and after school. Also, check out the tasty breakfast recipe from Food Hero. Links for more information are in bold print in the articles.
A Kitchen Manager position is available immediately at Sauvie Island Academy. This position is responsible for all aspects of the National School Lunch Program and Recordkeeping: Menu Planning, Recipes, Food Production Sheets, etc. This position will be responsible for ensuring kitchen and cafeteria sanitation, as well as complying with proper food safety standards and guidelines. The kitchen manager/cook will be given an annual budget for planning, ordering and production of daily lunches that meet the NSLP standards and guidelines.
This is a one school/one person kitchen position with management and oversight and implementation the National School Lunch Program, Commodities, opening and closing procedures of the kitchen, menu planning, weekly on-line ordering from vendors, daily preparation and serving of food for three lunches (approx. 125 lunches/day) and regular recordkeeping and reporting for the NSLP.
The position is full-time (183 days a school year), and the salary is $21,112 (negotiable depending on years/level of experience).
Visit the school’s Career page for more information and to download an application form.
We want encourage you to opt-in for the Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Grants, which will provide funds for your district to purchase Oregon foods! The deadline to opt-in is Friday, September 11, 2015.
For more information, please visit the grant website.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Sept. 8 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding over $8 million in grants to help school nutrition professionals better prepare healthy meals for their students. Approximately $2.6 million dollars in grants will support implementation of new national professional standards for all school nutrition employees who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and $5.6 million will go to help states expand and enhance food service training programs and provide nutrition education in school, child care, and summer meal settings.
“For the past three years, kids have eaten healthier breakfasts, lunches and snacks at school thanks to the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which made the first meaningful improvements to the nutrition of foods and beverages served in cafeterias and sold in vending machines in 30 years. Nearly all schools are successfully meeting the standards, and these grants part of our ongoing commitment to give states and schools the additional resources they need,” said Vilsack. “Parents, teachers, principals, and school nutrition professionals want the best for their children. Together we can make sure we’re giving our kids the healthy start in life they deserve.”
In February, USDA announced national professional standards for school nutrition employees that went into effect on July 1, 2015. These standards, which vary according to position and job requirements, ensure that school nutrition professionals have the training and skills they need to plan, prepare, purchase, and promote healthy meals. In addition to several built-in flexibilities intended to facilitate the first year of implementation and address the challenges faced by smaller school districts, USDA is providing a total of $2.6 million to 19 state agencies to develop and enhance existing trainings within their state that will allow school nutrition professionals to meet these standards. The Professional Standards Training Grants promote training in nutrition; operations; administration; and communications and marketing.
In addition, 19 states received a 2015 Team Nutrition Training Grant of up to $350,000 – $5.6 million in total – to support trainings that focus on encouraging healthy eating. Those efforts could include:
- using Smarter Lunchrooms strategies that use principles from behavioral economics to encourage healthy choices,
- meeting meal pattern requirements for school meals,
- delivering interactive nutrition education activities, and
- providing schools and child care providers with technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier environment.
Grants activities must be sustainable and achieve measurable outcomes. For example, the Oregon Department of Education will use the grant funds to hold 10 Smarter Lunchroom workshops on strategies for arranging the lunchroom that promote healthy choices. As a result, at least 120 school food authorities and child nutrition program sponsors will receive training and follow-up assistance. A summary of previous years’ grant activities by state can be found at the Team Nutrition Training Grants website.
The Team Nutrition Training Grants are awarded as part of USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative, which provides resources, training, and nutrition education lessons for schools and child care providers. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Team Nutrition initiative. In that time, Team Nutrition has provided nearly $90 million in grant funds to state agencies that implement USDA Child Nutrition Programs.