2018 National School Nutrition Heroes Announced

Each year, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF)  recognizes deserving school nutrition professionals as national School Nutrition Heroes. Nominated by their peers, these amazing professionals have dedicated their lives to serving the needs of school children and go above and beyond for their communities. These are theFrom Oregon to Massachusetts, the 2018 School Nutrition Heroes hail from all over the United States. Tray Talk will feature each of these deserving five professionals over the next week, showcasing why they were chosen for this prestigious recognition.

The 2018 School Nutrition Heroes are: Paula Angelucci, Child Nutrition Director, Colonial School District, New Castle (DE); Anthony Terrell, Culinary Specialist, Shelby County Schools, Memphis (TN); April Laskey, SNS, Director of School Nutrition, Billerica Public Schools, Billerica (MA); Lynne Shore, Food Service Director, Willamina School District, Willamina (OR) and Patricia Urbanczyk, Kitchen Manager, School City of Hammond, Hammond (IN).

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Elves Visit School Cafeterias For Some Holiday Mischief

The popular holiday tradition featuring the mischievous pixie elf has made its way into the school cafeteria! Pixie elves, who work for Santa, have been around since the 1950s but the introduction of the infamous “Elf of the Shelf” in 2005, gave them new life. After gaining popularity among families, school food service professionals thought having their very own cafeteria elf would be a fun way to incorporate the children’s’ excitement of the holidays into the school meal experience. Read more…

Happy Turkey Day From School Cafeterias Nationwide

Thanksgiving is a celebration of family, friends and food! The joy of Thanksgiving is shared in school cafeterias across the country, where putting a heathy spin on traditional holiday fare and gathering with visiting family members and school friends welcomes all students. Elementary school students from Clarksville Community Schools (IN) to Cherokee County Schools (GA) to Milford Schools (OH) were all smiles at their Thanksgiving Day lunches, celebrating with their best buddies by their side! Read more…

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…