Please join us on May 5th for the Nourish Myself….Thyme for Me live webinar with Dayle Hayes, MS, RDN and Chef Brenda Wattles, RDN. There is no charge for this hour of inspiration, cooking demonstrations and appreciation for child nutrition professionals in the Western Region. The recipes have been specially selected to be delicious, affordable and easy to prepare at home. Plus, the recipes are available in quantity and credited versions for use in your child nutrition programs. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion for 1.0 SNA Credit. Register now: https://bit.ly/3sUS9WH.
It’s with a heavy heart that I am making this announcement. The OSNA Board has voted to cancel the OSNA Conference for 2021. We had been floating the idea of a virtual conference instead of in-person, however after reviewing the results of the survey that was sent out a few weeks ago, the decision was made to wait until 2022 and plan for an in-person conference in March 2022.
Many of the comments on the survey were focused on how tired members were with a virtual conference format. Many members suggested that we wait until 2022 and make it an Amazing in-person conference.
I know many school districts are in the process of planning for kids to return to in-person learning and switching gears to make that happen. And with the date for submitting direct orders and diversion in WBSCM a week earlier than in past years, the OSNA Board felt there was not enough time to plan a virtual event that would be well done and well attended.
Keep your eyes open for a special election later in the Spring. The OSNA Board is looking for Area Reps and a Vice President. If you are interested in any of these position, please let me know.
Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Becki Wicks, SNS
President, Oregon School Nutrition Association
OSNA has announced that the 2020 State Conference and Food & Equipment Show has been canceled, per Gov. Brown’s order that all events over 250 people are to be canceled effective immediately.
We are very sorry for this development and are working with SNA to determine a refund process. More information to come.
We thank OSNA members for their patience and understanding.
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.