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.
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.
“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…
Nominations for SNA State Awards are due to the OSNA Executive Board on Friday, March 6. We want Oregon to be included in the parade of distinguished SNA members at the association’s Annual National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.
Please follow this link to SNA’s website to find out more, and email Cindi Hiatt-Henry for details on how to nominate a deserving Oregon school nutrition professional! But hurry, applications are due this Friday, March 6!
Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced the availability of up to $4 million in funding for states to support implementation of new national professional standards for all school nutrition employees who manage and operate the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP). The new standards, also announced today, through the final Professional Standards rule, are a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).
“Each and every school day, thousands of compassionate and hard working women and men devote themselves to making sure that more than 50 million schoolchildren have healthy meals to help them learn and grow to their fullest potential,” said Concannon. “These grants and new standards will ensure that school nutrition personnel have the training and tools they need to plan, prepare, and purchase healthy products to create nutritious and enjoyable school meals.”
USDA will competitively-award Fiscal Year 2015 funds to help state agencies develop and implement trainings that satisfy the requirements of the professional standards rule. A key component of the rule, establishing minimum education and training requirements ensures that school nutrition personnel have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties and responsibilities effectively. Read more…
OSNA President Cindi Hiatt-Henry has published this month’s Letter from the President, which contains timely news and notes about the upcoming OSNA State Conference, and more! If you did not receive this through our new Constant Contact e-marketing program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Read the letter…
Congratulations to the following SNA Award winners from Oregon:
Jeri Paull winner of Schwan’s Foodservice Scholarship: Scholarships, funded by a generous annual donation by Schwan’s Food Service, Inc, of up to $2,500 each are awarded each year to SNA members pursuing degrees in a school nutrition related fields.