Monthly e-news for Oregon's school nutrition professionals
     September 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!

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 10-16
October 21

Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA)
Annual Industry Seminar & USDA Foods Show
Camp Withycombe
Clackamas, OR

January 22-24, 2017
School Nutrition Association
School Nutrition Industry Conference
Orlando, FL

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

July 9-12, 2017
School Nutrition Association
Annual National Conference
Atlanta, GA

Thanks to 
Our Sponsors

If Your Sunflower Butter Doesn't Say SunButter®,    It Isn't

As the leading peanut-free spread in both homes and schools, many consumers have come to think that all sunflower butter is SunButter®. To ensure schools that want to serve SunButter® know to order the brand by name, the company is launching a marketing and branding campaign explaining what makes SunButter® the market leader and why schools should specify it by name when ordering sunflower butter.
Currently, SunButter® is menued in over 12,000 U.S. schools and that number has grown dramatically in the last 10 years, as over 60% of U.S. schools now restrict or prohibit peanut products and peanut butter.

To help schools manage the transition from peanut butter to SunButter®, the brand has created a complete school foodservice toolkit that includes a How To Introduce & Test SunButter® video, a Farm To Table food safety video, a School Foodservice Recipe Book, posters, stickers, and other materials to make sure menuing SunButter® is easy and successful.


Registration is now open for OSNA's Annual Industry Seminar & USDA Foods Show on Friday, October 21, 2016. We will again gather at the Camp Withycombe Armory/Event Center in Clackamas.

Download the Registration Form (.pdf) here, and visit the OSNA website to get updated program information! Complete and return by Sept. 30 for the early discount rate of $50 per person. Registration forms received after Sept. 30 pay the regular rate of $75 per person.


The OSNA Industry Committee is collecting new costumes and accessories for donation to the Chelsea Hicks Foundation and Chelsea's Closet, a rolling dress-up closet that provides monthly parties for seriously ill children in area hospitals. Download the Costume Donation Flyer (.pdf) here for details, and bring your donation to the Annual Industry Seminar!  


Cook ReAnne Blancher prepares trays of croutons made in the kitchen at Bend High School. (Photo by Joe Kline/The Bulletin)

Reporter Tara Bannow's article, " Want a Home-Cooked Meal? Go to School," published on Sept. 1 in the Bend Bulletin, puts the spotlight on how the Bend-La Pine School District makes at least one student lunch entree from scratch each day, in part, to cater to students who increasingly are interested in food sourcing. OSNA member Katrina Wiest, wellness director at Bend-La Pine SD, and other school nutrition experts also weigh in on meeting the challenges of sodium and calorie limits in school meals. Read the article...


As part of Let's Do Breakfast, Oregon! campaign, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs are excited to announce the second annual 2016 November School Challenge.

Schools are encouraged to enroll to celebrate school breakfast, boost student participation and win cool prizes!

Through the School Breakfast Challenge, participating schools will gear up to increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program for the month of November. The schools with the greatest increases in participation will receive prizes, and all Challenge schools will be celebrated widely!   

The first 100 schools to register will receive School Breakfast Expansion Toolkits, complete with marketing and promotional materials, templates and other resources for student, family, and staff engagement. Additional schools that register will receive a digital version of the toolkit. Visit the website for details on how to enter!


Over 7,000 school nutrition professionals came together in San Antonio, TX in July, making the 2016 Annual National Conference (ANC) one of the highest attended School Nutrition Association (SNA) conferences. The meeting attracted nearly 1,400 directors and more than 1,200 managers and school foodservice employees who participated in educational sessions and got to experience our largest exhibit hall floor to date, with over 900 booths.
The Oregon School Nutrition Association was well-represented, as well . Among the Oregon delegates attending the 2016 ANC, below from left: (Row 1) Suzann Kayser, Becki Wicks, Cheri Meeker, Troy Vennewitz, Anne Leavens, Jeri Paull, Lynne Shore; (Row 2) Kory McVeety, Jessica Visinsky, Yvette Parker, Nathan Roedel, Teresa Dorondo, Lea Waddington, Kayla Lynn, Anya Friday, and Gitta Grether-Sweeney; (Row 3) Crista Hawkins, Caroline Hamina, Tina Senz, Jessica Harmon, Karen Beckner, Janelle Bennett-Gossett, Leslie Phillips, and Marsha Hart.


Sherwood School District
Food Service Manager | 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