Cafeteria On Wheels Feeds Even More Students Over Summer Months

After a successful pilot program last year, Alachua County Schools in Gainesville (FL) has added a food truck to their free summer meals program, bringing delicious options to neighborhoods in need over the summer months.

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A new food truck in Alachua County Schools (FL) is traveling to feed more students over the summer months. Staff is preparing to use the “On Point Food Truck” at the district’s high schools in the fall.

The three additional neighborhood stops will serve about 150 children who would otherwise go without these meals over the summer. All children under 18 years old are eligible for free summer lunch, but even adults have shown an interest and are buying from the enticing food truck as well, said Rowe. Read more…

Student Farmers Contribute to Success of Healthy School Meals

One Wisconsin school district is taking Farm to School to the next level! With the help of school nutrition professionals, science and math teachers and the Future Farmers of America, students in the School District of Holmen have helped raise their own chickens, grow their own crops on donated land and harvest from hydroponic greenhouses. At the helm of each project, Nutrition Services Supervisor Michael Gasper has helped organize Holmen’s Farm to School program into the great success it is today. In addition to student-grown and raised foods, he also selects produce and meats from local Wisconsin farms for school menus. Read more…

SNA Regional Employees of the Year Announced on School Lunch Hero Day

While cafeteria employees are often the most visible school nutrition professionals, they don’t always get recognized for the tremendous work they do. They are the heart and soul of the cafeteria experience for students of every age – we all remember our favorite School Lunch Hero. It’s that time again, when we give those lunch ladies and gentlemen their much-deserved recognition! The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has paired down from thousands of nominations of deserving candidates and awarded six Regional Employees of the Year, an award that was created to recognize outstanding school nutrition employees who influence the quality of school meals through customer service. Read more…

Food Service Professionals Named Regional Managers of the Year

Managers of food service are often the ones troubleshooting a problem, too busy to be recognized by students, but helping to create an enjoyable and choreographed cafeteria experience. In recognition of their outstanding hard work and dedication, the national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has awarded the 2017 Regional Managers of the Year, which is considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn. The award recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program. Read more…

School Professionals Receive 2017 Regional Director of the Year Award

The national non-profit, School Nutrition Association (SNA), has once again awarded Regional Directors of the Year, celebrating those who show an extraordinary commitment to their school meal programs. These heroes may work behind the scenes more than other cafeteria employees, but they are working hard to ensure everything on the frontline is running smoothly – by maintaining the quality of the school meal programs through student interaction, menu planning and a commitment to serving nutritious, tasty and well-balanced school meals. Read more…

School Lunch Hero Day Celebrates National Award Winners

What better way to celebrate school lunch heroes than by recognizing national winners of Director, Manager and Employee of the Year?  The non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) teamed up with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series, and Random House Children’s Books, to celebrate all of America’s school nutrition professionals through School Lunch Hero Day, May 5. Read more…

Hoover City Schools Manager named School Nutrition Hero

The national, non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has recognized Elizabeth Whidden, the Child Nutrition Program Manager at Hoover City Schools (AL), as one of five 2017 School Nutrition Heroes.

The Heroes are nominated by peers and chosen by SNF to represent the many professionals who have dedicated their lives to serving the needs of school children and the community.

Liz began her career in child nutrition in 2011 and was quickly promoted to Child Nutrition Manager thanks to her efforts to create a positive and healthy environment for staff members and children alike. Dedicated to her students, Liz has held a perfect work attendance for the past three years and has earned a perfect Health Inspection Score for her cafeteria. Read more…

Arizona Food Service Director Named 2017 School Nutrition Hero

The national, non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has recognized Food Service Director David Schwake, MS, RD, SNS, of the Litchfield Elementary School District #79 (AZ), as one of five 2017 School Nutrition Heroes.

David started multiple initiatives in his district, including a backpack program and the creation of school gardens, along with the support of the local Kiwanis Club. Read more…