SN Heroes to Sparkle & Shine at SNF Celebration


Are you planning to attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.? Be sure you reserve a spot in your busy schedule for the School Nutrition Foundation’s Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. On Monday, February 29, 2016, hundreds of school nutrition professionals will gather to honor five extraordinary school nutrition professionals going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.

A total of 36 nominations were submitted for consideration for the 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 has selected the following:

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

This year’s festivities will include plated dinner service and will feature the inspiring stories of the selected heroes. Mark your calendar now to honor the unsung heroes in school nutrition, while also supporting the Foundation’s efforts to provide scholarships that will allow SNA members to pursue professional development and formal educational goals.

Visit to learn more and to secure a ticket for an evening to remember.

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