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OSNA Officers

Anne Leavens
Central Point SD

Elisa Pole-Barcus
Coos Bay SD

Vice President
Rebecca Wicks 
Hillsboro SD  

Immediate Past President
Cheri Meeker
Newberg SD
Kelli Gladheim 
Sherwood SD

Naomi Adams 
Newberg SD 


November 8-9, 2017
SNA Fall Industry Boot Camp
National Harbor, MD

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

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

March 9-10, 2018
Salem, OR

July 9-12, 2018
SNA Annual National Conference
Las Vegas, NV

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Connect the Pieces at 
SNIC 2018
What do YOU need to solve your own school nutrition puzzles? SNA's School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), January 21-23, 2018 in New Orleans is designed to help you identify the missing pieces.
There's one thing you can say of those who embrace a career in the K-12 school nutrition segment--whether as an operator or an industry partner--you relish a good challenge! That's because school nutrition is arguably the most complex foodservice business. The variety of factors at play are reminiscent of a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Start putting the pieces together for a clear picture at this high-level meeting that offers three days of unparalleled learning and networking.
To learn more and to register, visit  
Don't delay: the Early Bird registration deadline is November 10, 2017.

School Wellness Award Applications Due Jan. 31
It's time to apply for the 2018 School Wellness Award ! For the 11th year in a row, the School Wellness Award will be given to three Oregon schools. Supported by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) , the Nutrition Council of Oregon , and the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council , the awards recognize schools' efforts in putting their local wellness policies into action and making the connection between nutrition, physical activity and academic achievement.

Winning schools will receive a $2,500 check to enhance nutrition and physical activity at their school, a banner and a signed plaque in recognition of their achievement.   
The application deadline is January 31, 2018.  
For more information, please contact Jennifer Young via email or call (503) 947-5795 .

Oregon schools who are actively working to improve student and staff wellness should apply via Survey Monkey . The application must be completed at the time the Survey Monkey form is accessed, so it's a good idea to download, print and complete the preview application (.pdf) first.
Approximately 90 school nutrition professionals and industry suppliers attended the OSNA Annual Industry Seminar and USDA Foods Show on Oct. 13. The day's events included two motivational presentations by keynoter Patrick Henry of "Lunch Lady Blues" fame, and a student panel discussion featuring 6th-12th graders from Willamina School District.  
According to Industry Committee co-chair Lynne Shore of Sheridan School District, this year's event was "the biggest yet" with both a high number of registered attendees and a sold-out exhibit space. "Thank you to everyone for a fabulous show and seminar on Oct. 13. We think it was extremely well attended. The student panel was again a huge hit, and our speaker, Patrick Henry, was great and kept everyone well entertained."  
Thanks to all of our Willamina SD student panelists (from left): Madison Diehl (Grade 8); Jayden Vanderveen (Grade 6); Lydia Doughty (Grade 12); Rhys Mahurin (Grade 12); Sam Schaefe (Grade 8); and Rhyne Nelson (Grade 6), and Crista Hawkins (moderator) from Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. 
JG Neil's Suzann Kayser, Industry Committee co-chair, added that the costume drive for the Chelsea's Closet Foundation was also a big success. "We collected 64 costumes, and $215.00 in cash to spend on more items for the charity. More will costumes are expected to come in after the seminar, which will be a really great donation to a terrific cause."  
"The OSNA Industry Seminar continues to be a great option for school nutrition staff who need professional development hours," added Shore. "These events help district directors provide more options for their staff to access PD hours and meaningful training."
Keynote speaker and songster Patrick Henry edu-tained 90 attendees at the 2017 OSNA Industry Seminar. Click on the photo above to visit his website for details on how to get his music CDs and book.
To view candid photos from the USDA Foods Show and the Industry Seminar, please visit OSNA's Photo Gallery.  
computer-mouse-abstract.jpg The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is asking that nutrition professionals respond to a request from USDA for comments on how to simplify the paperwork required from school meal programs. SNA has an easy-to-complete form on its Action Center web page. Log on and have your say! 
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) have joined forces to support The  Healthy Breakfast Helps Kids Learn Act of 2017  (HR 3738). This bill would provide an additional 6 cents in commodity support for the School Breakfast Program (SBP).

This means that if the bill were to pass, schools would receive 6 cents for each breakfast served to spend on commodities. As of this time, there is no commodity support for breakfast, only lunch.

Oregon's very own   Chris Facha is the national president of ACDA and has played a huge part in this collaborative support of the bill sponsored by representatives McGovern ( D-MA) and Davis (R-IL). Get the scoop by downloading these information sheets:
The 2017-2018 OSNA Annual Directory is now online. This year's guide to Oregon's school foodservice decision makers and suppliers was the largest we've published in its 23-year history, weighing in at 80 pages! So large, in fact, that we had to split the downloadable PDF into two parts.
Please visit the Annual Directory webpage to download the digital version today! Print copies were distributed at the Annual Industry Seminar and will be available again at the OSNA State Conference in March. Thanks to all of our industry supplier advertisers who supported the publication of this popular resource. And don't forget that links to emails and websites are live in the digital Directory for convenient access.  
college_student_study.jpg OSNA is pleased to announce that it will again host the SNA School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credential Exam at the association's annual State Conference. The exam will be held on Friday, March 9 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  
SNA established the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program in 1997 to enhance the professional image of school nutrition professionals, elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance.   
If you are planning to take the SNS exam, studying ahead is key. Please visit the SNA SNS Credentialing Program web page for planning details and to register and download the study guide.   
Join in SNA's STEPS program and reward yourself for avoiding temptation by filling up on fresh fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.  
Give yourself 1 point for every serving of fruit you have this month. At the end of October, add up your points and enter them online at - you could win a prize!

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