Do You Know Anyone Deserving of a FAME Award?


Submit Your Nomination for the FAME Awards

Just ask Betti Wiggins, assistant superintendent for Nutritional Services at the Houston (Texas) Independent School System, what it means to be a recipient of the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award.

“It is such a tremendous honor; I am speechless,” said Wiggins on hearing she had received the 2017 FAME Golden Star School Nutrition Director of the Year Award. “Winning this award means so much to me, my staff and my program. It is something every school foodservice director should aspire to.”

The FAME Awards are the most prestigious acknowledgment of success in the school foodservice industry. Each year, the award is presented to outstanding leaders, recognizing them for achievement, innovation and service. This coming year, the FAME Awards ceremony will be held during SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, January 21, 2018.

As Wiggins can attest, while it is a marvelous tribute to win a FAME Award, being nominated is also a great distinction. The nominees for this and other school nutrition awards programs are often highlighted and recognized in School Nutrition, SNA’s flagship publication, and other foodservice media to showcase the profession’s best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program also gives you the chance to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word about the important role that school nutrition professionals play in contributing to the health and welfare of America’s children.

Do you know of a school nutrition leader or innovator who deserves to be nominated for a FAME Award? This special award recognizes those who raise the school nutrition bar for others to follow. These are individuals who have triumphed over challenges and provided insightful and innovative solutions to the complex issues that are the hallmark of school nutrition professionals. If this describes you, your supervisor or a colleague, take the time to submit a nomination and recognize them.

Categories are:

Golden Star School Nutrition Awards
School Nutrition Director of the Year
(More than 12 years of experience as a director): A director who demonstrates outstanding achievement in leadership, spirit/dedication, innovation, career awards, management/systems, humanitarianism/community involvement, and bettering the lives of students.

Silver Star School Nutrition Awards
Leadership Award
(Less than 12 years of experience as a director): A director who demonstrates outstanding leadership, dedication, fiscal achievement, and innovation in menuing and merchandising.

Spirit Award
A person in a management position, such as an assistant director or coordinator, who shows commitment to the people and programs of school nutrition and distinguishes her/himself through innovative programs, marketing, training, customer service, and/or staff motivation.

Rising Star Award
(Five or fewer years of experience as a director): A director whose contributions make a marked difference in the district’s school nutrition program.

Special Achievement Award
(10,000 or fewer enrollment): A director who demonstrates exceptional ability to recognize and solve problems unique to small districts.

Friend of Child Nutrition Award
Advocate of school nutrition such as a principal, state association representative, or community leader. Supports school nutrition beyond the scope of normal professional duties. Child nutrition directors and department heads are NOT eligible for this award.

The FAME Awards are sponsored by Basic American Foods, The Schwan Food Company and Tyson Foods, Inc. Don’t miss out—be a part of this tradition by nominating a leader who brings the spirit of FAME to life. Nominating a candidate is easy! Here’s a chance to honor your outstanding school nutrition star by October 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm CST.

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