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

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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 


April 2-4, 2017
School Nutrition Association
Washington, DC

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

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SNA'S STEPS Challenge is a wellness program created just for school nutrition professionals.  Sign up for the free program and you'll gain access to recipes, exercise ideas, success stories, prizes, wellness tips, and more. 
Every challenge will have a specific theme (eating more fruits, managing stress, getting active, etc.). Participating is easy:

* Download the monthly tracking sheet and print it out.

* All month long, record your habits on the tracking sheet and give yourself points for every time you make a healthy choice.

* At the end of the month, add up your points. If you fall in the 50+ points range, you're eligible to receive prizes from SNA at the end of the challenges!

* Upload your points to the STEPS website.

April's challenge is hydration! Find out more...  

Dear OSNA Colleagues:

What a great conference we had last weekend.
It takes a lot of people to pull off an event like ours. I want to take a moment and thank a few.
The Salem Conference Center has been our hosts for a number of years. They are so professional and accommodating. They handle every detail with such grace. The food is delicious, the space is classy and the help is friendly. You can't ask for much more. Thank you.
I really want to thank our special speakers Frank Kitchen and Matt Upton. They stepped up and filled in when we had an unexpected cancellation. Each of them took on an unscheduled breakout session to help us keep the conference moving smoothly. You two are awesome! Thank you.

Our vendors put on a great show for us again. Without you there wouldn't be a conference. Your support of our organization is so appreciated. Thank you.

To all our speakers, specialists, partners and friends who presented for us, you were great. I know how hard it is to get up in front of a crowd and talk. You put yourselves out there for us and shared some great information. There were many Aha! moments because of you. Thank you.
Our Friday Night Fun wouldn't be nearly as much fun without Suzann Kayser and Lynne Shore. You two did a great job entertaining us. Thank you.

Our OSNA Executive Board put in many hours to make the conference special. Ellen Christensen made our adorable aprons. Kelli Gladheim handled the registrations. Troy Vennewitz took care of the vendor show. Our Area Reps were room hosts and hostesses and Anne Leavens put together the awesome schedule for us. You guys rock! Thank you.

And to our members. I'm thankful you raised $276.20 for Soles for Success and gave over 50 sets of pj's for the Sleep Train pajama drive. I'm so glad you took the time to invest in yourselves and your careers. I'm thankful you take our profession seriously and spent time learning about best practices. Serving our students is a high calling and you're up for the challenge. Thank you.


Cheri Meeker
2016-17 OSNA President

Are you curious to know more about the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act's (NSLA) Buy American provision? Did you know that school food authorities (SFAs) must follow this provision when purchasing food and food products for use in the Child Nutrition Programs? Please join, us for an SNA Wednesday Webinar on Wed., March 29 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST to discover the history and current regulations of Buy American in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Peggy Cantfil
Chief, Operations Branch
Food Distribution Division of the USDA
Food and Nutrition Service
Kirk Farquharson
Lead Program Specialist
School Nutrition Programs Branch at the Southeast Regional Office (SERO) of the USDA
Food and Nutrition Service
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.
Garrett Berdan, a chef and culinary nutrition consultant, congratulates school food service professionals on a job well done after splitting into teams to cook 15 different recipes at an Oregon Cooks for Kids regional culinary workshop at Henley High School on March 17. (Photo by Kevin N. Hume)

Chef Garrett Berdan, with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Child Nutrition Services, and ODE's Culinary Training Refresher Course was featured March 19 in the Klamath Falls Herald and News. The article, "Nutritious Cooking: Child Nutrition Programs Get Healthy Refresher Course," by Johanna Bernhard, showcases how ODE, in partnership with the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, coaches child nutrition program professionals on cooking innovative and healthy meals using nutrient-rich, local foods. Throughout the year, the team hosts a series of free statewide culinary trainings for school nutrition directors and cooks, teaching them how to enhance the nutrition value of their students' meals and to cook from scratch.
Read the full article to learn more about what 20 participants from regional communities, including the Klamath County School District, Klamath KID Center, Oakridge and Central Point, learned from their experience on March 17.

Child Nutrition Specialist  |  ODE Child Nutrition Programs
Deadline: March 26, 2017  | 
Apply Online

Nutrition Field Supervisor  |  Beaverton School District 
Deadline: N/A  |  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