Ready for FAME and Acclaim?


July 20, 2015 – Do you know of a school nutrition leader or innovator who deserves to be nominated for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award? While back-to-school season is always a very busy time for school nutrition professionals, you don’t want to miss this special opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of colleagues in your district, state or even across the country. (You also can work with your supervisor on submitting your own nomination!) The deadline for nominations is October 8, 2015.

The FAME Awards recognize 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 this business. If this describes you, your supervisor or a colleague, take the time to submit a nomination at before your busy back-to-school schedule takes over. 

The categories are:

  • Gold School Nutrition Director of the Year Award (bestowed on a director with more than 12 years of director experience)
  • Leadership Award (given to a director with 12 or fewer years of experience)
  • Spirit Award (for an individual in a management position such as an assistant director or coordinator)
  • Rising Star Award (for a director with 5 or fewer years of director experience)
  • Special Achievement Award (for a director of a program with 10,000 or fewer enrollment)
  • Friend of Child Nutrition Award (for advocates who support school nutrition beyond the scope of their normal professional duties; child nutrition directors and department heads are not eligible)

Winning a FAME award is a tremendous honor, but being nominated is worthwhile, as well. The nominations for this and other school nutrition awards programs often are used as leads and resources by School Nutrition, the flagship publication of SNA, and other foodservice media to showcase the profession’s best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program 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.

The FAME awards are sponsored by Basic American Foods, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc. and Tyson Foods, Inc. They will be presented on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in conjunction with SNA’s annual School Nutrition Industry Conference in San Diego.

Complete the online nomination form (or download a version you can send via e-mail) at by October 8, 2015. Most award categories require nominees to be SNA members in good standing. Other competition rules and details are also available at Make sure FAME doesn’t pass you by! Send your nomination without delay! 

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