The May 2015 School Nutrition Programs Newsletter, published by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Child Nutrition Programs, is jam-packed with information and resources on a variety of timely topics. This month, the newsletter covers how to manage food allergies in schools, provides information on annual trainings with ODE and NFSMI, and give details on the new Oregon Harvest for Schools portal. Download the May issue today!
McMinnville School District is accepting applications for a Nutrition Services Wellness Manager, Adams Module. The qualified applicant for the 4-hours-per-day position will be a dietetic technician with a minimum of an associate degree and at least 5 years of experience in school or institutional food service. The Nutrition Services Wellness Manager assists with education, research and communication of district wellness policy and applicable state and federal regulations, as well as menu planning, nutrient analysis and wellness compliance. Applications are due soon. Click here for details about the position and application procedures.
On behalf of OSNA, Executive Board members Cindi Hiatt-Henry and Lynne Shore delivered an array of stuffed animals to the Oregon State Police for use in their “Buddy Bear” program, which helps children deal with traumatic occurrences. When police officers, detectives, and records division personnel come in contact with children who have been involved in traumatic incidents, they are able to give the children something they can cuddle and hold to help promote dialogue and a feeling of safety. OSNA thanks all of its members who brought stuffed animals to our State Conference Friday Fun Night event for donation to this worthy cause!
Pictured from left: Lynne Shore and Cindi Hiatt-Henry present OSNA’s Buddy Bear program donation to Lieutenant Mike Peterson of the Oregon State Police in April 2015.
We are looking for school nutrition directors to present information on the Farm to School and School Gardens funding bill (HB 2721) at several Oregon Legislature Ways and Means Committee on-the-road hearings.
If you (or someone in your district) can attend on of these meetings in your area, please let us know as soon as possible.
HEARING SITES & TIMES
Tuesday, April 14 – Lincoln City, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Lincoln City Cultural Center
Thursday, April 16 – Gresham, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Mt. Hood Community College
Tuesday, April 21 – Portland (PCC Rock Creek), 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
Thursday, April 23 – Springfield, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – (site to be determined)
Friday, April 24 – Klamath Falls, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Oregon Institute of Technology
Saturday, April 25 – Grants Pass, 12:30 – 2 p.m. – Performing Arts Center Lecture Hall at Grants Pass High School
The Oregonian reported on April 13 that approximately 30,000 more Oregon school children could have access to free school lunches starting with the 2015-16 school year under a new state budget provision.
Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday signed House Bill 2017, an appropriations bill that provides $2.4 million to fund a mandate that school districts provide free lunches to students who are eligible for reduced-price lunches under U.S. Department of Agriculture income eligibility guidelines.
Read the Oregonian/OregonLive article here…
The Bend-La Pine School District has announced a position opening for a Nutrition Services Manager I at Mountain View High School.
Under minimal supervision, the Nutrition Services Kitchen Manager I directs the operation of a self-contained school kitchen and/or assist the Executive Chef with a production kitchen. The Nutrition Services Kitchen Manager I performs independent work as part of an overall team effort. The supervisory functions of this position require human relations and communications skills and the ability to direct, guide, and motivate others.
View the full job description, qualification requirements and application at the Bend-La Pine School District website.
Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes!
School Lunch Hero Day, May 1, 2015, is the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias. The School Nutrition Association has partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” book series, and Random House, to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve some recognition.
The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria.
For details about School Lunch Hero Day 2015 and to view a video about the inspiration behind the special day, visit SNA’s webpage!
School Nutrition Employee Week: May 4-8, 2015
Keynote and guest speaker Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, President, Nutrition for the Future, Inc., has provided PDFs of all three of her OSNA State Conference presentations for download from our website! Check out the State Conference page to download the presentations…
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.