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

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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 


October 13, 2017
Annual Industry Seminar
Clackamas, OR

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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OSNA's Industry Committee  has announced the 2017 dates for the   Annual Industry Seminar & USDA Foods Show.

The popular one-day event will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Camp Withycombe Armory in Clackamas.

The registration fee is $75.00, which entitles delegates to the full slate of educational presentations, a keynote by Patrick Henry, the USDA Foods exhibits, and a light lunch. Stay tuned for the full program agenda, registration details, exhibitor information and theme!

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) reports that on June 28, the U.S. House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee marked up its FY 2018 Appropriations bill. Agriculture Appropriations bills are the primary funding source for school nutrition programs.

Passage of the bill is the first step in a long process toward finalizing a congressional budget. The bill was unanimously voted out of the subcommittee and will advance to the full Appropriations Committee for further consideration. After passing the full Appropriations Committee it must pass the House in a floor vote and then be reconciled with a Senate version.

The legislation which passed the subcommittee provides $24.28 billion in mandatory funding for child nutrition programs, which is a $1.5 billion increase from the FY 2017 enacted levels. It also continues the $25 million for school cafeteria equipment grants and continues policy provisions that allow waivers for whole grains, prevents further implementation of sodium reduction standards and provides flexibility to schools by allowing schools to serve low-fat flavored milk.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) launched its Food Allergy Resource Center for School Nutrition Professionals on July 5! Find all the food allergy resources that you need in one place.

From the Big 8 allergens that cause approximately 90% of food allergy reactions, to the Top 10 FAQs, this new resource center will help you find the information that you need to manage food allergies in your child nutrition programs. You can also submit questions to the allergy expert and your questions will be answered by food allergy experts and posted quarterly! Visit
the SNA webpage for more information. 

School food service suppliers can showcase their company's products and services with an ad in the essential guide to Oregon's school food service and nutrition professionals.
The OSNA Annual Directory reaches the state's 600  school nutrition directors, managers and buyers  with distribution at OSNA's  October Industry Seminar & USDA Foods Show  and its annual March  Oregon State Conference. OSNA also makes available a digital version on its website.

Download the 2017-18 OSNA Annual Directory Advertising Reservation Form
to reserve your space today! Directory advertisers also have the exclusive opportunity to place ads in our e-newsletter, OSNA School Meal Scoop. Download the Digital Ad Specs here. 

Child Nutrition Specialist  |  State of Oregon  
Deadline: July 24, 2017  | Apply Online 
Chef Manager (Portland)  |  Chartwells K-12 (Compass Group)
Deadline: Until filled  | 
Apply Online   

Nutrition Services Manager Lead III  |  West Linn-Wilsonville School District
Deadline: Until filled  | 
Apply Online

Foodservice Manager 2 (Forest Grove)  | Sodexo School Services
Deadline: Until filled  | 
Apply Online  

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 job description/application.

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