SNA Announces National Heart of the Program Award Winner on School Lunch Hero Day



Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner  


SNA Announces National Heart of the Program Award Winner on School Lunch Hero Day  


National Harbor, MD (May 2, 2014) - In celebration of School Lunch Hero Day, which honors school nutrition professionals nationwide, the non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has recognized Brenda Thompson, Food Service Assistant at Raymond Cree Middle School in Palm Springs, California, as the 2014 National Heart of the Program Award winner.

School Lunch Hero Day is a time to give thanks to the school nutrition professionals who serve healthy meals to more than 30 million students each school day. Brenda Thompson embodies the passion and commitment of school nutrition professionals and was chosen from nominees nationwide.

Brenda is known for going above and beyond to make her lunchroom fun and inviting to students. For Halloween, Brenda dressed as a pumpkin for the “Cafeteria Spook-tacular” and “scarefully” reminded students to take a fruit or vegetable with each of their meals. As students prepare their science fair projects each year, Brenda displays one of her own in the cafeteria – always with a focus on nutrition. Brenda is also known for offering fruit and vegetable samples, encouraging students to taste test less familiar choices like kale chips, Asian pears and jicama.

Brenda has worked for years as a silent partner with the school guidance counselor to help kids in need. As students come through the cafeteria, she looks out for any with broken eyeglasses or worn out backpacks or shoes so these students can be discretely connected with special assistance programs. She also collects books, blankets and jackets for a local home benefiting needy children.

Brenda’s manager, Evelyn Boisvert, writes that “Brenda greets each and every student with a warm greeting and a smile. No matter what is going on in her world, she is aware of the impact a smile can have on her students. Her sincere and caring attitude is what ultimately makes the difference.”

Heroes like Brenda help make school lunch the best part of the day for students across the country. SNA teamed up with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series, and Random House Children’s Books to celebrate school nutrition professionals throughSchool Lunch Hero Day. Visit for more information.

About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit


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