Employee of the Year

Employee_of_the_YR The Employee of the Year award recognizes non-managerial school nutrition employees for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.

Who can be nominated?

The nominee must be:

  • Currently be an SNA member in the School Nutrition or Child Care Employee section
  • Currently holds a SNA certificate in school nutrition
  • Currently be employed in a school foodservice or childcare nutrition program
  • Currently be employed in a non-managerial role in the school nutrition profession, such as cook, baker, cashier, assistant, etc. 

Are there any restrictions?

The nominee cannot be:

  • A current state or national SNA president
  • A current SNA member in the Manager or Director category
  • Hold a title or job responsibilities that do not confirm the nominee’s status as non-managerial staff
  • A previous national winner of the Employee of the Year Award or Heart of the Program Award

Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be typed, and answers must not exceed the listed word counts.

How do I submit a nomination?

Complete and submit the nomination form online by March 1 of each year*. Alternatively, you may also choose to submit the nomination form to the State President by March 1.* 

How will the entries be judged?

The nominee will be judged on four categories:

  • Customer Service Skills (worth 30% of total score)
  • Creativity (worth 20% of total score)
  • Commitment to Professional Development (worth 20% of total score)
  • Dedication to the School Nutrition Profession  (worth 30% of total score) 

State Judging: Each year every state association may award one individual with the Employee of the Year award. State entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the State President to determine a state winner. State winners submitted to SNA by March 15 will automatically advance to the regional judging.

Regional Judging: State winning entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the Regional Director to determine a regional winner. Regional winners will automatically advance to the national judging.

National Judging: Regional winning entries will be judged by the SNA Committee Chairs, who serve on the National SNA Board of Directors, to determine a national winner. 

How will winners be recognized and rewarded?

Employee of the Year winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the Annual National Conference (ANC) each year. Award winners will receive the below prizes:

  • State winners will receive a certificate and ribbon.
  • Regional winners will receive a pin, certificate and $50.
  • National winners will receive a plaque and an all-expense paid trip to ANC, up to $1,000.

Additional awards and recognition may be given to state winners by the state association. Please check with your state association for more information.

*For California: the deadline is September 15, 2015.
*For Florida: the deadline is February 1, 2016.
*For Virginia: the deadline is February 1, 2016.
*For Pennsylvania: the deadline is February 1, 2016.
*For Oklahoma: the deadline is February 1, 2016.

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