Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes

The 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes was held on Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. The event, held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), was the third annual celebration of the extraordinary men and women in the school nutrition profession who make a difference in the lives of school children and go beyond their daily responsibilities in making a significant contribution to their communities. The event is the only fundraising event that the School Nutrition Foundation holds and the evening is essential to securing funding for the scholarships that the Foundation provides to SNA members annually.

2016 School Nutrition Heroes

A total of 36 nominations were submitted for consideration for the 2016 School Nutrition Heroes. The nominees represented 21 states and included school nutrition professionals from six of the seven SNA regions. Each nominee is a School Nutrition Hero and choosing just five to recognize is a difficult task. But the Selection Committee selected the following members to represent the many School Nutrition Heroes who go above and beyond their responsibilities in their schools and districts:

  Chris Burkhardt, SNS
Director of Child Nutrition & Wellness
Lakota Local School District
Liberty Township, Ohio
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  Sandra Hearn
Cafeteria Manager
Vicksburg Warren School District
Vicksburg, Miss.
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  Jody Houston, SNS
Food Services Director
Corpus Christi Independent School District
Corpus Christi, Texas
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  Samantha Ingram
Child Nutrition Manager
Samson Elementary, Geneva County Schools
Samson, Ala.
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  Suellen Smith
Cafeteria Manager
Zephyrhills High School, Pasco County Schools
Zephyrllis, Fla.
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Sponsors of the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes

Sponsorship of the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes is a significant factor in securing revenue from the event that can be used for scholarships for SNA members in the coming year. 

The following were sponsors for the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes:

Premier Sponsor

AccuTemp Products, Inc.
Foster Farms
Jennie-O Turkey Store
KeyImpact Sales & Systems
Land O’ Lakes Dairy Foods
Los Cabos Mexican Foods
National Dairy Council
Schwan’s Food Service Inc.

School Nutrition Association
SFSPac Food Safety & Sanitation System
Acosta Sales and Marketing
ConAgra Foodservice
Cool School Café
The CORE Group
J&J Snack Foods Corp.
Lamb Weston
Michael Foods-Dakota Growers
PepsiCo Foodservice
Red Gold LLC
Ruiz Foods

To learn about the 2015 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, click here.

Save the date for the 4th Annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes Monday, April 3, 2017, at the J. W. Marriott, Washington, D.C.

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