The Wellness Award applications were designed with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model in mind. The WSCC model is student centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices.
The award includes statewide recognition, a personalized plaque and a custom banner for the winning school and afterschool program, as well as a cash award—$2,500 for the winning school and $1,000 for the winning afterschool program—to be used to further nutrition, physical activity and/or other wellness efforts within the school or afterschool program.
The Oregon School and After School Wellness Awards are sponsored by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Afterschool for Kids (OregonASK), and the Nutrition Council of Oregon.
Apply now! Applications are open Dec. 1, 2022 to Jan. 31, 2023.
To learn more and apply, visit the School and Afterschool Wellness Awards page on the Oregon Department of Education website.
Corvallis School District is looking for a new Food and Nutrition Services Manager. The Food and Nutrition Services Manager is responsible for planning, implementing, overseeing, managing and reviewing all operational and administrative elements of the district’s school nutrition programs. The position is responsible for monitoring nutrition services staff and operations at school sites to ensure compliance with federal and state law in addition to district policy and procedures. This position reports to the Director of Finance and Operations and supervises the work of food service employees at various district work sites.
For a full job description and online application, please click here.
Application deadline: Jan. 11, 2023
Visit OSNA’s State Conference page for more information on booking your exhibit space for the 2023 Food & Equipment Show, March 11, 2023 at the Salem Convention Center!
This February, the Oregon legislature will convene to determine whether and to what level the Oregon Farm to School Grant program will be funded for the 2023-2025 biennium. The Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Network is preparing to advocate for sustaining the current level of $10.2 million in funding for this grant program. In addition, we will be working with state agencies and the legislature to propose any needed changes to the rules or implementation of the grant program.
We are hoping you will participate in a focus group to help us understand how to best advocate for the Oregon Farm to School Grant Program and any changes you would find helpful as you utilize this funding for local purchasing. We are requesting that child nutrition professionals share your experience with the ODE Competitive and Non-Competitive Grant for the Reimbursement of Oregon Foods. The purpose of these focus groups is to understand areas of success and identify any needed changes to the implementation of the grants to improve accessibility and overall success of the program. All participation will be anonymous and will only serve to inform requests made by the OFSSGN to state agencies and the legislature. Focus groups will be 90 minute sessions. Please use this form to register for one of the scheduling options. If you have any questions, please contact Melina Barker, OFSSGN Director.
2023 OSNA STATE CONFERENCE
Have a topic you are an expert at?! We are looking for YOU! We are looking for speakers for breakout sessions at the OSNA Conference March 10 and 11 2023!
The OSNA board is seeking educational session proposals related to child nutrition programs. We are looking for Disney themed topics from customer service, food safety, dealing with difficult conversations, USDA meal pattern, procurement, and everything in between. If you have an idea you think would benefit the school meal community, LET’S HEAR IT.
If you are interested in organizing and presenting an educational session, please submit the form below:
If you have never done a presentation, don’t worry. We are here to help walk you through the process and give you strategies so your session shines!
Please be aware that OSNA does not pay for educational session speakers. We are a non-profit volunteer organization committed to the education and training of our members. We do offer free registration for our speakers and the gift of giving back to the school meal community in Oregon.
We have a Rolling Deadline, submit your proposals early!
The 2023 OSNA board will review all proposals and will inform the proposal contact person by end of November 2022, if the proposal has been accepted. If you have any questions regarding the program proposal submission process, please email your question to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time and consideration in helping further and advance school meals in Oregon!
In July, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service served up this inspiring story on Prospect Charter School’s experience obtaining new cooking equipment for their school kitchen:
That’s why something as simple as some new, highly efficient cooking equipment can make a world of a difference for school nutrition professionals, dedicated to getting healthy and tasty meals to the children in their care each day.
Prospect Charter School, a small school district in the southern part of Oregon, received a U.S. Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for fiscal year 2019. These funds allow schools to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals and improve food safety.
The school district had tried to use the grant funding before the deadline, but due to supply chain issues, they were unable to get the equipment in time. Despite this, the Oregon Department of Education’s worked with Food and Nutrition Service to come up with a way to extend the funding so the school could use their grant to purchase a new stove.
“The staff love the new stove! Much more efficient. Instead of 45 minutes to boil water, it is 10,” said the school’s Business Manager Sheri Eary. “They have access to four burners now and two ovens that actually work!”
School meal programs help provide critical nutrition to students, while exposing them to healthy foods and nurturing healthy habits they can carry throughout their lives. Equipment grants are one of many resources USDA offers to help schools operate successful meal programs.
Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Specialist Jennifer Parenteau said, “My personal goal for equipment grants is to award every dollar to Oregon sponsors who need equipment like Prospect [School District] did.”
The position manages and supervises the School Nutrition Program Section of the Child Nutrition Programs and staff to ensure compliance with Federal and State requirements. This includes: implementation, monitoring, evaluation, coordination, and maintenance of programs; liaison with USDA Special Nutrition Programs at the region and headquarters level; assurance that the division conforms to State and Federal regulations; the production of policies and procedures affecting sponsoring organizations; development of cost control measures to assure expenditures are within budget; coordination with partners to ensure efficient and effective service delivery.
Apply online by Aug. 7.
The OSNA Directory reaches the state’s 500 school nutrition directors, managers and buyers with distribution at OSNA’s October Industry Seminar & USDA Foods Show and its annual March State Conference. OSNA also makes available a digital version on its website.
* Premium positions viewed by Oregon’s school nutrition directors and buyers all year long
* Free Supplier Section listings, with live links to your website and email in the digital version posted on the OSNA website (www.osna.us)
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The up-to-date and fully indexed OSNA Directory provides comprehensive contact information for Oregon’s public school districts, private schools and residential child care institutions enrolled in the National Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The Suppliers Section features full contact information and company descriptions, reserved for advertisers only.
Showcase your company’s latest products and services to your target buyers with a well-placed advertisement in this year’s annual desk-top resource. Find out how by downloading the 2022-2023 OSNA Directory Advertising Order Forms today!
OSNA Directory advertisers also have an exclusive opportunity to advertise in OSNA’s monthly e-newsletter, School Meal Scoop. Download the Digital Ad Specs Sheet here.
AD SPACE & MATERIALS DUE: August 26, 2022