Employee of the Year Do you know a school nutrition employee who is friendly, creative, and dedicated to professional growth and the children they serve? Nominate him or her for the Employee of the Year (previously the Heart of the Program) award! The Employee of the Year award recognizes non-managerial school nutrition employees for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career. Who can be nominated? The nominee must be: Currently an SNA member in the School Nutrition or Child Care Employee section Currently holds a SNA certificate in school nutrition Currently employed in a school foodservice or childcare nutrition program For complete rules and restrictions, click here. How do I submit a nomination? Complete and submit the nomination form online by March 1 of each year. Alternatively, you may also choose to submit the nomination form to the State President by March 1.* How will the entries be judged? The nominee will be judged on four categories: Customer Service Skills (worth 30% of total score) Creativity (worth 20% of total score) Commitment to Professional Development (worth 20% of total score) Dedication to the School Nutrition Profession (worth 30% of total score) How will winners be recognized and rewarded? Employee of the Year winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the Annual National Conference (ANC) each year. Award winners will receive the below prizes: State winners will receive a certificate and ribbon. Regional winners will receive a pin, certificate and $50. National winners will receive a plaque and an all-expense paid trip to ANC, up to $1,000. Additional awards and recognition may be given to state winners by the state association. Please check with your state association for more information. *For California SNA, nominations are due by July 1st of the previous year for all awards.*For Florida SNA, nominations are due by February 1st each year.*For Virginia SNA, nominations are due by February 1stin 2015.