SNA & SNF Announce First School Nutrition Hero Recipients

January 31, 2014 – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and its philanthropic arm, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), are pleased to announce the selection of five individuals for recognition as School Nutrition Heroes.

SNA/SNF’s leadership knows that every school cafeteria across America is staffed by passionate people who go above and beyond typical job responsibilities in service to children. The School Nutrition Hero award was developed to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the extraordinary efforts of ordinary SNA members.

The 2014 honorees are:

  • Dorothy Caldwell, SNA Past President (1993-94), SNF President (1994-95), Director of Child Nutrition (Retired), Arkansas Department of Education, Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs (Retired), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
  • Margo Frazier, Supervisor of Operations, Sheldon (Texas) Independent School District
  • Sandi Kramer, Nutrition Director, Yankton (S.D.) School District
  • Joanne Terry, Administrative Assistant, Charlotte County (Fla.) Public Schools
  • Karen Watson, CNP Manager, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga City (Ala.) Schools

These individuals will be recognized at the SNF 50th Anniversary Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, on March 3, 2014, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with SNA’s Legislative Action Conference.

“All of us at SNA/SNF could not be more proud of our 2014 honorees. This group represents the wide range of everyday heroes that characterize the school nutrition profession at every level,” says SNA President Leah Schmidt, SNS.

Each of the five women who will be honored in March has made an impact on the lives of others in her school, district, community and/or association, and has applied skills learned through involvement in SNA/SNF. In their nominations, they are praised as “role models,” “mentors,” “motivators,” “ideal association members” and “caregivers.”

In addition to managing the demanding requirements of school nutrition, these Heroes have gone the extra mile in many ways, including

  • coordinating a “Sack Pack” program to ensure low-income children have weekend meals;
  • volunteering for the community rescue squad;
  • revamping a state association scholarship program;
  • making significant life changes to become a role model for health and wellness; and
  • spearheading the establishment of an endowment fund to support efforts that raise public awareness about school nutrition programs.

Since its founding in 1964, SNF has raised millions of dollars to underwrite a variety of scholarships, grants, research, training opportunities and technical assistance designed to support school nutrition heroes at every level of the profession. Its 50th Anniversary Celebration honors the generous support of a diverse group of SNA individual members, state affiliates, industry partners and private foundations that have helped to fund critical programs and services. The 2014 School Nutrition Heroes represent all those who have benefitted from the programs and services of SNA/SNF and used their involvement to make a lasting impact.

For more details about the event and to purchase tickets, send an e-mail to or call SNA Headquarters at (800) 877-8822.

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