Oregon Cooks for Kids — Romaine Calm and Keep Cooking Virtual Culinary Training on October, 21 at 2:00
Join us for a virtual culinary experience with Chef Jessica. School and child nutrition professionals across Oregon are invited to an hour of inspiration on Thursday, October 21 at 2:00. Watch or cook along with Jessica as she prepares easy, tasty recipes that meet Child Nutrition Program guidelines. Participants will receive fun tips to keep kids coming back for more meals. We are including your ideas from the previous evaluations and surveys!
One of the many challenges school nutrition programs are facing this year is supply chain issues. The resulting unavailability of key menu ingredients can throw off production and forecasting efforts. Certain USDA Foods are proving to be regularly available, offering menu planners a reliable source of products. Learn how to leverage your access to USDA Foods to keep your menus set as planned. Our panel of speakers will discuss currently available USDA Foods that are less likely to be impacted by supply chain issues, creative menu planning for utilizing what is available, and menu concepts and recipes featuring readily available products that are easy to prepare.
Sept. 30, 2021 01:00-2:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
- Chris Facha, USDA Food Program Administrator, ODE Child Nutrition Programs
- Anne Leavens, Nutrition Services Supervisor, Central Point SD 6
- Chef Garrett Berdan, RDN, Education and Training Specialist, the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition
Participants that attend will earn 1.5 CEUs for USDA Professional Standards.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
With attention to the current situations and care for your health and well-being, the OSNA Industry Committee has decided to cancel the OSNA Industry Seminar on Friday, October 8, 2021. We are sad and will miss seeing you this year.
Please take the time you would have spent traveling and attending the meeting for your self-care and rest. You and your teams have been the front line for so very long. Thank you for all you have done and are doing for kids, families, schools, and communities across Oregon.
We look forward to an amazing re-connection in-person in 2022!
OSNA Industry Committee
With the extension of “Healthy Meals For All,” formerly known as universal school meals, here are resources to reinforce awareness around these programs. Included are two animated videos that illustrate the influence of healthy school meals and how they impact youth.
We encourage you to share these videos with your audiences through:
- Social media, emails and outreach
- Websites and newsletters
- Any other communication that will reach students and families!
These videos are a free resource available for your use. The videos are brand-agnostic, allowing you the ability to customize the message for your audiences.
OSNA is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual Industry Seminar as an in-person event on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at the Camp Withycombe Armory/Event Center in Clackamas.
We’ll update members with program and registration information in the coming weeks.
USDA FOODS COMMODITY SHOW Exhibitor Information
The OSNA Industry Committee would like to invite USDA Foods vendors to participate in its Commodity Processing Show on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Oregon School Districts are interested in seeing the commodity products you have available for processing. Districts will place their commodity orders with the Oregon Department of Education in March 2022, so you have plenty of time after the show to follow up with districts.
The USDA Foods Show will be held at Camp Withycombe Armory/ Event Center, 15300 Se Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday, October 8, 2021
Oregon School Foodservice Directors, Purchasing Agents, and Key Foodservice Personnel will be invited to attend.
Vendors should RSVP for booth space by Sept. 10, 2021. Download the Exhibitor Booth Registration Form here.
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.