SNA Remembers Past President Jane Wynn

2015-05-11

Jane Wynn With sadness, the School Nutrition Association announces the death of Jane Wynn, SNA past president and a vocal school nutrition pioneer, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Pompano Beach, Fla. Wynn led SNA—then the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA)—as president from 1988 to 1989; she also served as the president of the Florida SNA, as well as the director of Food and Nutrition Services for the School Board of Broward County (Fla), which was, at the time, the fifth-largest school district in the nation.

"SNA has lost an exceptional past leader and strong child nutrition program advocate with the passing of Jane Wynn,” says SNA President Julia Bauscher. “Her dedication will continue to inspire current and future SNA leaders. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time."

During her tenure at Broward County, Wynn implemented several cost-effective programs to improve the financial health of the operation. During her career, she was honored with a number of awards, including the International Food Manufacturers' Association Silver Plate Award, the National John Stalker Awards and two FAME awards. She was named Golden Food Service Director of the Year in 1993 and the Lifetime Achievement award winner in 2014. After retiring from Broward County, Wynn stayed active in the profession as a consultant who reviewed school nutrition programs to improve efficiency and financial health. "I love people and children, and that made my job easy," Wynn told School Food in Florida in a profile published in early 2015. "I have been so blessed with my family, my friends and my profession."

Jane Wynn and Colleagues Even before her presidency, Wynn was still a vital participant in SNA's affairs. In 1986, she appointed an ad hoc committee to develop an ASFSA archives and write the Association’s history. She was a highly effective chair of the Public Policy and Legislation Committee and a big supporter of SNA's Political Action Committee (PAC). She believed in having a team supportive of those in Congress who were genuine friends of child nutrition, in hopes of keeping them advocating for the cause. She was key player in the late-1980s management study of the Executive Board and organizational structure relating to membership and headquarters site selection.

"Jane is one of the pioneers who did so much to shape school nutrition programs over the years through her tireless efforts," notes SNA CEO Patricia Montague.

A memorial service for Wynn will be held on May 30 in at the John Knox Center in Pompano Beach, Fla. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the School Nutrition Foundation’s Josephine Martin Legislative Policy Fellowship. Donations can be made online at www.schoolnutrition.org/SNF/TributeGifts.

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