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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

January 25-26, 2018
Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR

January 26, 2018
Mt. Angel, OR

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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Get a Head Start on the
SNS Credentialing Exam
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.
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.  

The   Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA) is pleased to announce that Vendor Registration is now open for the 2018 Annual State Conference and Food & Equipment Show, to be held March 9-10 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon. Vendors will find this is a terrific opportunity for companies to  showcase their K-12 nutrition program products and services.  
Please visit the OSNA State Conference webpage for vendor registration materials, including the booth floor layout schematic. The registration deadline for vendors is Feb. 10, 2018, and booth assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
Attendee registration forms and detailed preconference courses and program information will be available in January. You'll want to save the date and saddle up for a lively program under this year's country/western theme, "Trailblazin' Best-in-the-West School Meal Programs"! 

Registration is now open for 2018 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summit, to be held January 25-26, 2018 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.
The two-day event will feature a number of workshops, speakers, resources and networking opportunities. Thursday's program will focus on farm and garden - based education, and on Friday, attendees will learn more about incorporating local food into school meals.
Visit for program details and registration information. Questions? Contact Megan Kemple at for more information.

The Oregon Child Nutrition Coalition (OCNC) will hold its Commodity Processed & New Products Show at the Mt. Angel Community Festhalle on Friday, January 26 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
This venue was chosen to make it possible for school Child Nutrition Program staff to attend the 2018 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summit at the Oregon Garden. OCNC will be providing a school bus to transport Summit attendees to and from the Mt. Angel Festhalle. The bus will run continuously from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  
All Oregon school districts are invited to attend, and the event is free for OCNC members. Please download the OCNC event registration/information forms here:
Vendor information and materials can be found at
Questions? Please contact Chris Bosak at (503) 319-0560 or via email at
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.
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.

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