2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes

The 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes was held on Monday, April 3, at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. The event, held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), was the fourth annual celebration of the extraordinary men and women in the school nutrition profession who make a difference in the lives of school children and go beyond their daily responsibilities in making a significant contribution to their communities. The event is the only fundraising event that the School Nutrition Foundation holds and the evening is essential to securing funding for the scholarships that the Foundation provides to SNA members annually.

SNF's 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
The 2017 School Nutrition Heroes. For more photos from the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, visit our Flickr page.

2017 School Nutrition Heroes

The 2017 event recognized the following five individuals, who were selected out of 31 nominations from 17 states. While all the nominees were outstanding, the Selection Committee selected the following individuals:

School Nutrition Foundation's 2017 School Nutrition Hero David Schwake   David Schwake, MS, RD, SNS
Food Service Director
Litchfield Elementary School District #79
Litchfield Park, Ariz.
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School Nutrition Foundation's 2017 School Nutrition Hero Timikel Blakey Sharpe   Timikel Blakey Sharpe, MS
Deputy Director of Food Service
Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, Calif.
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School Nutrition Foundation's 2017 School Nutrition Hero Doreen Simonds   Doreen Simonds
Director, Nutrition & Purchasing Services
Waterford School District
Waterford, Mich.
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School Nutrition Foundation's 2017 School Nutrition Hero Elizabeth Whidden   Elizabeth Whidden
Child Nutrition Program Manager
Hoover City Schools
Hoover, Ala.
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School Nutrition Foundation's 2017 School Nutrition Hero Betti Wiggins   Betti Wiggins
Executive Director of Office of School Nutrition
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Detroit, Mich.
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Sponsors of the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes

Sponsorship of the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes is a significant factor in securing revenue from the event that can be used for scholarships for SNA members in the coming year.

The following were sponsors for the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes:

Premier Sponsor
AdvancePierre Sponsor of the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes  

Leaders
AccuTemp Products, Inc.
Foster Farms
Jennie-O Turkey Store
KeyImpact Sales & Systems
Land O’ Lakes Dairy Foods
Los Cabos Mexican Foods
Mott's
National Dairy Council
Schwan’s Food Service Inc.

Champions
Conference Direct
Heartland School Solutions
JTM Food Group
School Nutrition Association
SFSPac Food Safety & Sanitation System
SMART Temps, LLC
Supporters
ConAgra Foodservice
Cool School Café
The CORE Group
Domino’s
GES
J&J Snack Foods
PepsiCo Foodservice
PSAV
Red Gold
Ruiz Foods
Somma Foods
Ultragrain/Ardent Mills

For more information, please email snf@schoolnutrition.org.

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