SNF Scholarship Series: Lori Drenth, Winston Industries Equipment Grant Award Winner

2016-05-27

The following is an excerpt from the Beyond Breakfast Blog.

When we asked Hernando County (Fla.) Schools’ Foodservice Director Lori Drenth, MS, RD, SNS, about being awarded the Winston Industries Equipment Grant and the impact her new Winston kitchen equipment would have on her district’s nutrition program, she paused for a moment to consider her answer.

“Pride,” she replied. “It always feels like Christmas for a manager to get a new piece of equipment. It’s a great feeling—even for principals and students—to know your facility is being invested in, and we want [everyone] to know that food quality is our top priority. New equipment ensures that anyone who is eating with us—students, staff, parents—is getting the best food quality that we can provide. That is really important to us.”

As the 2016 winner of the Winston Industries Equipment Grant, Hernando County Schools will receive new equipment to install at several school sites. In-service training with Winston representatives will follow after installation, which Drenth hopes will begin in August. The new equipment will help Drenth and her staff improve both nutrition and the appearance of the food served, and create new menu items for students, all in an effort to boost access to and participation in school meals.

“We have a couple of schools where we would really like to increase our offerings on breakfast carts,” she explained. “We thought some of the equipment, specifically holding drawers, would work for us to increase participation in those breakfast programs. We have equipment that is 25 or 30 years old, so this is an opportunity for us. It leads to real pride for managers and kitchen staff, and they—and administrators—can say, ‘Hey, look at us, our foodservice is going above and beyond.’

“I just want to thank Winston and their support of SNA and SNF,” said Drenth. “Their support for foodservice programs and foodservice directors, and of [the organization] is so important.”

In addition to the Winston Industries Equipment Grant, Hernando County was also the 2016 recipient of the Baxter Equipment for Education Grant. To read the full story on Lori Drenth, visit the Beyond Breakfast Blog. To learn more about SNF’s Equipment Grants, click here.

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