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.
Bandon School District has an opening for Food Service Director. The qualified candidate will be responsible to oversee a district-wide food service program; analyze effectiveness, assure compliance with district, state and federal laws, regulations and safety and sanitation procedures.
The position is open until filled. Click here for a full job description and to apply online.
As you all know, the past 16 months have been very challenging for everyone in the school nutrition world and in our everyday lives in general. We have become experts at scheduling and attending Zoom meetings, Google meetings, and Teams meetings. We haven’t seen many of our colleagues in person for months and these circumstances have put additional stress on our already stressful lives.
We learned, very quickly, how to get meals into student’s hands while they attended school virtually from their homes. We have dealt with product and supply shortages and labor issues that would normally throw our programs into chaos, but we made lemonade out of those lemons and made it work! As our districts made decisions that changed daily, and we asked our staff to do “one more thing,” it became our motto.
I am so proud of the districts across Oregon and I thank you for the work that you were able to do to pull it all together and continue to feed Oregon’s hungry children for the past 16 months.
One of the unfortunate outcomes of the pandemic, but not just the pandemic, is the many open positions on the OSNA Executive Board. We currently have the following open positions: President, President-Elect, Vice President, Area 3 Rep (Coos, Curry, Douglas, and Lane Counties), Area 5 Rep (Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler Counties), and Area 6 Rep (Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa Counties).
Area Reps must live and work in the county they are representing.
We will hold a special election in August, so send in your nominations soon. For more information regarding eligibility to serve on the board, please contact me by email.
We plan to hold our Annual Conference in person in March of 2022 and it is important that we get some people that are capable of putting together a post-pandemic conference that I’m sure will be very well attended.
I have enjoyed the last two years as the President of OSNA. I am truly thankful for the time I have been a part of the OSNA Board. I have met some amazing people and made lasting friendships.
Becki Wicks, OSNA President
Tigard-Tualatin School District is looking for a Nutrition Services Manager who can plan, organize, coordinate and supervise the operation of the District’s nutrition services program for 12,000 students and 1,350 staff members in 16 school sites. The successful applicant will be able to assure efficient and effective purchasing, production methods and operations, and assure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal regulations as well as with standards of health, safety and nutrition, as well as select, train, supervise and evaluate the performance of food service staff.
The online application can be found here. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2021.
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.
The Corvallis School District has opened applications for Food & Nutrition Services Manager. The full-time position is responsible for planning, implementing, overseeing, managing and reviewing all operational and administrative elements of the district’s school nutrition programs. The FNS manager 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 full job description and to apply online by June 27, click here.
Yamhill Carlton School District has a job opening for Food Service Director. Job responsibilities include: Direct and supervise food service program activities, staff performance, community relations, fiscal management, and physical plant management of food service areas to meet board approved goals, objectives and procedures for students, staff and community while adhering to local, state and federal regulations.
Click here for the full job description and to apply online. Application deadline is Fri., June 18.