Make Someone Famous with the FAME Awards!


The FAME Awards are currently seeking nominations for talented, passionate and innovative school nutrition leaders.

Do you know a truly outstanding school nutrition leader?

Now in its 30th year, the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards celebrates and honors the cream of the crop in the industry. Each year, the award, which is sponsored by Basic American Foods, is presented to outstanding leaders, recognizing them for achievement, innovation and service. This coming year, the FAME Awards ceremony will be held during SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference in Austin, Texas, on January 13-15, 2019.

But all of this will only happen if you take the time to nominate a deserving leader!

Do you know of a school nutrition leader or innovator who deserves to be nominated for a FAME Award? This special award recognizes school nutrition leaders and innovators who have overcome challenges and provided insightful and innovative solutions to complex problems. If this describes you, your supervisor or a colleague, take the time to submit a nomination and recognize them. Submissions are judged by an independent panel that includes last year’s winners and trade publication editors. Don’t delay: The deadline for award nominations is October 12, 2018 at

While it is a marvelous tribute to win a FAME Award, being nominated is also a great honor. The nominees for this and other school nutrition awards programs are often highlighted and recognized in School Nutrition, SNA’s flagship publication, and other foodservice media to showcase the profession’s best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program also gives you the chance to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word about the importance of school nutrition professionals in the lives of America’s children.

Categories are:

Golden Star School Nutrition Awards

  • School Nutrition Director of the Year: A director, with more than 12 years’ experience, who demonstrates outstanding achievement in leadership, spirit/dedication, innovation, career awards, management/systems, humanitarianism/community involvement, and bettering the lives of students.

Silver Star School Nutrition Awards

  • Leadership Award: A director, with less than 12 years’ experience, who demonstrates outstanding leadership, dedication, fiscal achievement,, and innovation in menuing and merchandising.
  • Spirit Award: A person in a management position, such as an assistant director or coordinator, who shows commitment to the people and programs of school nutrition and distinguishes her/himself through innovative programs, marketing, training, customer service, and/or staff motivation.
  • Rising Star Award: A director, who has five or few years, and whose contributions make a marked difference in the district’s school nutrition program. 
  • Special Achievement Award: A director who demonstrates exceptional ability to recognize and solve problems unique to small districts, with an enrollment of 10,000 or fewer. 
  • Friend of Child Nutrition Award: Advocate of school nutrition such as a principal, state association representative or community leader. Supports school nutrition beyond the scope of normal professional duties. Child nutrition directors and department heads are not eligible for this award.

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