Monthly e-news for Oregon's school nutrition professionals
       November 2016

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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!

2016-17
OSNA Officers

President
Cheri Meeker 
Newberg SD

President-Elect 
Anne Leavens
Central Point SD

Vice President 
Elisa Barcus
Coos Bay SD

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

Secretary 
Rebecca Wicks
Hillsboro SD 

2016-17
CALENDAR
 
January 22-24, 2017
School Nutrition Association
Orlando, FL


March 6-10, 2017
April 2-4, 2017
School Nutrition Association
Washington, DC

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


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2016 OSNA INDUSTRY SEMINAR & USDA FOODS SHOW
Students from North Marion High School and Middle School provided their perspective on school meals to OSNA members at the Annual Industry Seminar on Oct. 21.

More than 100 members attended OSNA's Annual Industry Seminar & USDA Foods Show on Friday, October 21, 2016. One of the highlights of this year's seminar was the opportunity to hear what students think in a special panel discussion, "A Plate to Relate to: What We Like to See." Special thanks to North Marion High School students (shown from left to right on stage) Francisco Arellano, Ulises Maldonado, and RJ Magana, and North Marion Middle School students Mya Hammack, Abbi Nelson, Carson Hubbard, and Riley Scanlan. You all gave us wonderful insights and new ideas about how to improve healthy and nutritious options in school meal programs!

We'd also like to thank speakers Angel Swanson, Account Manager for Commercial Food Service Equipment, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Rick Sherman, Farm to School/ School Garden Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education, for outlining several opportunities to dress up our budgets through grants and rebates.  

THANKS TO ALL WHO BROUGHT DONATIONS!

OSNA's Industry Committee would like to extend its appreciation to all Industry Seminar attendees who brought costume donations for the Chelsea Hicks Foundation and Chelsea's Closet, a rolling dress-up closet that provides monthly parties for seriously ill children in area hospitals. Your donations will make a difference!     

PUTTING THE PROCUREMENT PIECES TOGETHER
Few would argue that procurement is one of the most complicated aspects of school meal programs. To better understand this topic, a School Nutrition Association (SNA) Task Force has produced Solving the Procurement Puzzle: Managing the Complexities of Doing Business in K-12 School Foodservice.

This 40+-page report identifies potential strategies to address education and compliance and encourages the implementation of best practices. It's a must-read for school nutrition directors, district business officials and procurement officers, manufacturers, distributors and state agency personnel and is available as a free, downloadable PDF at
www.schoolnutrition.org/procurementreport .
 

APPLY FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL SCHOOL WELLNESS AWARDS
Applications for the 10th Annual School Wellness Awards are now open! The Oregon Department of Education will select three award winners who are doing an outstanding job of putting school wellness policies into action and making the connection between nutrition, physical activity and academic achievement!

Winning schools receive a $2500 check, a plaque and banner presented during a school assembly. Oregon schools that are actively working to improve student and staff wellness should definitely apply. Visit the ODE School Wellness Awards page for more information and to apply.

NOW ONLINE! 2016-17 OSNA ANNUAL DIRECTORY
The 2016-2017 Oregon School Nutrition Association Annual Directory is available online.

Please visit the Annual Directory webpage to download the PDF version.

Website and email addresses are live and clickable for school nutrition directors and a variety of school nutrition suppliers and advertisers.


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 www.osna.us