Monthly e-news for Oregon's school nutrition professionals
APRIL 2017

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OSNA wants the scoop on your school meal successes! Feel free to send us your news, links and images and we'll post them on our website and in our e-news!

OSNA Officers

Cheri Meeker 
Newberg SD

Anne Leavens
Central Point SD

Vice President 
Elisa Barcus
Coos Bay SD

Immediate Past President 
Troy Vennewitz 
North Wasco County SD
Kelli Gladheim
Sherwood SD

Rebecca Wicks
Hillsboro SD 


July 9-12, 2017
School Nutrition Association
Atlanta, GA

January 21-23, 2018
SNA School Nutrition Industry Conference
New Orleans, LA

March 4-6, 2018
SNA Legislative Action Conference
Washington, DC

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May 5, 2017 marks the fifth annual School Lunch Hero Day (SLHD). School officials, students and parents from all over the country will recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias.

Find way to recognize your heroes from the gift of membership to an employee lunch or shop the  SNA Emporium for official School Lunch Hero Day merchandise including posters, aprons and bookmarks.
Also, watch out for new SLHD related sharable social media content on SNA's Facebook page in the lead up to School Lunch Hero Day!
Do You Have a Job Opening?

It's easy to post your school foodservice job openings on the OSNA website or in the School Meal Scoop eNews.

Just send an email to Julie Larson Bricher with the URL link to the online job description/application.
Members of the School Nutrition Association, which represents school food service directors and the companies that supply foods to the nation's schools, headed to Capitol Hill on April 4 to tell Congress not to block-grant the school meals program and to maintain several provisions that have been included in past appropriations bills.

School Nutrition Association members from Oregon lobbied on Capitol Hill today. From left: Carlos Gonzales of Super Bakery Inc., Ivan Holeman, Pacific Northwest sales manager for Foster Farms, Lance Heggem of Waypoint, and Lynn Shore, OSNA Legislative Chair and Willamina School District nutrition director. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

SNA members including Lynn Shore, the legislative chair of the Oregon School Nutrition Association, were wearing "Stop the Block" buttons to oppose the block grant pilot that the House Education and the Workforce Committee proposed as part of a reauthorization of child nutrition programs.

SNA is also urging members to promote provisions that require USDA to maintain current sodium levels in school meals rather than reduce them further, that restore the requirement that half of grains offered through school lunch and breakfast be whole-grain rich rather than all of them, and to give schools more flexibility in operating the programs.

Because Congress has not reauthorized the child nutrition programs, the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act with the healthier meal requirements remains in effect and any changes to USDA regulations must be passed in the annual Agriculture appropriations bill.

Ivan Holeman, a Pacific Northwest regional sales manager for Foster Farms, a California firm that supplies chicken to schools, said suppliers support the "Stop the Block" campaign, but also want to emphasize that opposition to reducing sodium and the whole-grain requirement is not just from the school nutrition directors and the students.

(Article courtesy of the Hagstrom Report, a daily newsletter covering agriculture news as it happens. Visit to subscribe.)

OSNA members on the Hill lobbying for SNA included: (From left) Mike Piazza, Joyce Dougherty, Lynne Shore, Ivan Holeman, Stacy Fox-Ogilvie, Heidi Dupuis, Lance Heggem, Cheri Meeker and Gitta Grether-Sweeney.


Whether you want to get a new employee up to speed, help explain school nutrition issues to your district's superintendent, or support legislative initiatives in your state house, SNA's Little Big Fact Book: The Essential Guide to School Nutrition offers everything you need to know about the fundamentals of school nutrition.

Hot off the presses, the 2017 edition of Little Big is a must-have for anyone and everyone working in and with school nutrition programs, but it's particularly useful for new foodservice directors and managers, school administrators, manufacturer marketing and sales teams, state and national legislators and media representatives. Purchase your copy today online for just $18.00. Visit the page at the
SNA Bookstore.
SNA Social Media Tools & More 
Need some help marketing you summer meals program? Be sure to download SNA's summer specific shareable content for social media that are coming soon to USDA also has 
free posters, activity guides and flyers you can order online!

Summer Meals Texting Program 2017
Did you know that the No Kid Hungry texting hotline allows children and families to easily and quickly identify open summer meals sites in their area?

To receive information about open summer meals sites, users text 'FOOD' to 877-877, and receive a text back prompting them to enter an address (either their home address or any other location of their choosing). Once the user replies with a full address and/or zip code, the service provides information about nearby meals sites, or information about how to access sites if none are located in the vicinity. Spanish speakers may also access this information by texting 'COMIDA' to 877-877 and receive a response in Spanish.

Click here for more information on Summer Meals planning or download the Center for Best Practices Summer Strategies 2017 guide (.pdf).  

FREE New Books & Resources for 
the Kids You Serve
SNA's allied organizations Share Our Strength and First Book are teaming up to get brand new books into your program, just in time for summer learning! You can access $100 of free books from the First Book Marketplace! There is also loads of free downloadable resources.

To choose your free books, all you have to do is sign up. Follow these steps to bring great books to your Summer Meals site: 
  1. Sign up! Anyone serving kids from low-income families through a school, summer meal site, or other community organization is eligible to join.
  2. Visit the First Book Marketplace and check out the wide variety of resources available. We recommend starting with the Health and Wellness section, but feel free to explore!
  3.  Enter the code SoS2017 in your shopping cart to take up to $100 off your book order! This particular funding opportunity applies to books only.

The Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant Applications are open and close on April 28, 2017 on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website on the "Funding" page.

These grants of up to $5,000/school are provided to support schools in purchasing kitchen equipment and/or infrastructure to help serve nutritious, tasty meals that meet guidelines and students want to eat. Examples of the equipment include slicers, smoothie machines, transport carts, etc..
To be eligible to receive the Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant, the school must include at least one grade K-12 and participate in the National School Lunch Program and be enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The person completing and submitting the grant must be employed in the school nutrition department.
For Oregon schools, the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council provides the grant funding. Please email either Erin Hirte or Crista Hawkins with any questions you may have about this program!

The Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA) is a collaborative group of school nutrition and foodservice professionals and industry suppliers who work together to ensure that Oregon's 600,000 K-12 students receive wholesome, nutritious foods in school meal programs all over the state. Founded 70 years ago, OSNA has more than 500 school nutrition members, including public school district, private and residential child care institution directors, managers, coordinators, chefs and foodservice staff. For more, visit