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MdSNA AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

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The Maryland School Nutrition Association takes pride in Showcasing Maryland's School Nutrition Heroes... Our Friday evening Awards Banquet at our Annual Convention, this year being held October 5 & 6, 2018, provides an excellent opportunity for networking, fun and recognition of just some of the excellence in Maryland where we are all working together to further child nutrition.

Enjoy our photo montage of last year's Award Banquet by clicking here.

 

2018 award applications coming to this page soon! Be thinking about candidates.

Congratulations to our 2017 award winners:

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  • SNA Manager of the Year:  Treasa Markle, Carroll County
  • SNA Employee of the Year:  Vicki Lafferty, Carroll County
  • MdSNA Innovation Award:  Brenda Ream, Cecil County
  • MdSNA Manager of the Year: Arlene Paul, Dorchester County
  • MdSNA Employee of the Year:  Beverly Jenkins, Charles County
  • MdSNA Rhonda Motley Gold Success: Son Ramslad, Harford County
  • MdSNA Chapter of the Year: Charles County
  • MdSNA Program of Work: Charles, Garrett, Harford and Talbot Counties

 

AWARDS DETAILS

 

MdSNA Innovation Award

The MdSNA Innovation Award recognizes individuals who have developed an innovative idea, process or program within their school or district that adds value or steamlines operations.

Nominations for this award are due to the MdSNA awards chair by September 30.

Award details and application coming soon.

 

MdSNA Manager of the Year Award

The MdSNA Manager Success Award recognizes an MdSNA member manager who has made a notable contribution to the success of the school meals program in his/her school. This is a great opportunity for counties to recognize a manager and bestow deserved recognition for a job well done, and for others around the state to be inspired with ideas for their own programs.

Nominations for this award are due to the local county Food and Nutrition Service Office designee by August 31. County award winners and nomination forms are due to the MdSNA Awards Chair by September 30.

Award details and application coming soon.

 

MdSNA Employee of the Year Award

The MdSNA Employee Achievement Award recognizes a non-managerial school nutrition employee for the contributions he/she has made throught their nutrition career. This is a great opportunity for counties to recognize a employees and bestow deserved recognition for a job well done, and for others around the state to be inspired with ideas for their own programs.

Nominations for this award are due to the local county Food and Nutrition Service Office designee by August 31. County award winners and nomination forms are due to the MdSNA Awards Chair by September 30.

Award details and application coming soon.

 

MdSNA Impact Award

The Impact Award recognizes a school nutrition employee who has created a positive impact on the school nutrition community. This is a great opportunity for counties to recognize an employee and bestow much deserved recognition for a job well done, and for others to be inspired with ideas for their own programs.

County winners will be judged by MdSNA awards panel to be selected as the state winner of the Rhonda Motley Gold Success Award (see below).

Nominations for this award are due to your local county Food and Nutrition Service Office designee by August 31. County award winners and nomination forms are due to the MdSNA Awards Chair by September 30.

Award details and application coming soon.

 

 

MdSNA Rhonda Motley Gold Success Award

The Rhonda Motley Gold Success Award is presented to an outstanding school foodservice member who is dedicated to serving the nutritional needs of school children and furthering the success of the school meals program (see above Impact Award description for county winners.)

This award is unique to Maryland. There is no regional or national competition for this award.

 

Deadlines:

June 1... Submit entry

August 31... Submit document notebook

Fall... Winner announced at MdSNA Annual Convention

 

Award details and application coming soon.

  

MdSNA 100% Membership Award

MdSNA would like to recognize at our fall convention your county schools whose employees have 100% membership in our state association (MdSNA). In order to participate, fill out this form (make copies if you have more than one school with 100% membership) and email or mail it to our Executive Secretary.

Remember, to qualify for the MdSNA 100% Membership Certificate of Achievement, all regular food service personnel in the single unit/school unit must be a member of MdSNA on or before May 31st of this year.

 


SNA AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

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Do you know a stellar kitchen manager, outstanding cook, or inspiring school nutrition director in your school district? Nominate them for a national  SNA Member Award and show them how much you appreciate their hard work!

Each year the national SNA awards are presented at the Annual National Conference (ANC), where thousands will 
learn of the achievements of the winners.

Nominees must hold an SNA Certificate or the SNS 
Credential. SNA is currently accepting nominations online 
for the: 

  • Employee of the Year—recognizes non-managerial school nutrition employees.
  • Manager of the Year, in honor of Louise Sublette, recognizes a manager, head cook, or assistant 
    manager.
  • Director of the Year—recognizes school nutrition district directors who have served for at least five years.

Nominations are due online or to the State President by March 1, 2018, except for Mississippi and Virginia (due February 1) and Pennsylvania (due February 15).

Word documents are available for each award to make it easy for you to gather your thoughts and prepare your nomination in advance.

For more information visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNAawards or contact StateSupport@schoolnutrition.org

 


 

For Immediate Release: July 17, 2017

Harford County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Director Earns National Recognition

Gary Childress, supervisor of food and nutrition for Harford County Public Schools and current president of the Maryland School Nutrition Association, is in the national school nutrition spotlight for earning the President’s Award of Excellence from the School Nutrition Association (SNA).


The President’s Award of Excellence recognizes up to three state presidents each year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership by successfully implementing strategies that advance school nutrition programs in their states and who made the extra effort in achieving excellence in SNA’s strategic goals. Strategies covered areas from legislative action, membership goals, and staff professional development to community outreach. Mr. Childress received this national honor during an awards ceremony at SNA’s 71st Annual National Conference, which was held July 9-12, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This one-of-a-kind conference united more than 6,000 attendees from school nutrition, industry and allied organizations, for an unparalleled networking and educational
experience.


“This was truly a team effort, as Maryland had a great day at the opening session of the School Nutrition Association’s annual convention,” said Mr. Childress. “Our state had the National Employee of the Year and National Manager of the Year along with this award. We are so proud of what has been accomplished this year and are looking forward to continued success and recognition of the hardworking, dedicated school nutrition employees in Maryland. These people deserve to be acknowledged as they care deeply about the students they serve.” In order to provide equal opportunity for states of different sizes, the President’s Award of Excellence may be awarded to one state president in each of the three member divisions: 1-500 Member Division; 501-1000 Member Division; and 1001+ Member Division.
Mr. Childress won for the 501-1000 Member Division.


“I am extremely proud of Mr. Childress,” said Superintendent of Schools Barbara P. Canavan. “He is dedicated to the students of Harford County. He provides outstanding leadership to the Office of Food and Nutrition as they strive to provide healthy meals to our children throughout the school year. Mr. Childress is undoubtedly worthy of this recognition.”

 


Spotlight on Local Chapter:
Carroll County School Nutrition Association

Carroll County's Food and Nutrition Employees Honored in Local Newspaper

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MdSNA is excited to congratulate Carroll County Food and Nutrition employees on  the recent article published in the Carroll County Times, honoring their hard work    promoting healthy meals for students. Click here to read this article and take ideas from it to promote healthy meals in your own counties. Way to go, Karen Sarno!