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Food Official Publication of the Florida School Nutrition Association, Inc.

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Fall 2012


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Introducing the 2013-2014 Candidates

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Food in Florida

Official Publication of the Florida School Nutrition Association, Inc.

2012-2013 EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS President Mary Jane Dunlop Santa Rosa County 6544 Firehouse Rd. Milton, FL 32570 (850) 983-5140 Ext. 108 President-Elect Ida Daniels Hamilton County PO Box 781 Jasper, FL 32052 (386) 792-7805

Features President’s Message...................................................................................................................... 4 Stretch to Happiness! De-Stress Your Life!.......................................................................... 9 Stretch to Happiness – Certification Test............................................................................ 12

Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Brumbaugh Orange County 2263 Grapevine Crest Ocoee, FL 34761 (407) 905-3005

Introducing the 2013 – 2014 Candidates.............................................................................. 13 FSNA Scholarships & Awards Deadlines..............................................................................14 Scholarships & Awards Contact Information...........................................................................................15 2012-13 FSNA & SNA Calendar................................................................................................16

SECTION CHAIRS Administrative/ Supervisory Chair Patrick McCarty Indian River County PO Box 212 Plymouth, FL 32768 (772) 564-4981


Foodservice Employee/ Manager Chair Mary Jane Cardarelle-Hermans Manatee County 1220 Brambling Ct. Bradenton, FL 34212 (941) 751-8200 Ext. 273

School Nutrition Specialists (SNS) ....................................................................................... 17 In times of Change, Great Managers are the Key to Departmental Success................................................................................................................ 18 SNA Election – Remember to vote!....................................................................................... 18

Sustaining Industry Partner (SIP) Representative Jennifer Sills, Dairy Council of Florida 166 Lookout Place, Suite 100 Maitland, FL 32571 (800) 516-4443

SNA Membership Drive.............................................................................................................30


2013 Annual Conference & Expo............................................................................................34

Region I Director Wade Hall-Santa Rosa County 4120 Charles Circle Pace, FL 32751 (850) 983-5600 Region II Director Brenda Rolfe-Levy County 7752 NW 50th St. Chiefland, FL 32626 (352) 493-6019 Region III Director Michele Fudo-Putnam County 108 Linda Ln. Palatka, FL 32177 (386) 968-2411

Region IV Director Donna Myers-Osceola County 300 Dakota Ave. Saint Cloud, FL 34769 (407) 933-5173 Region V Director Sarah Brooks-Citrus County 2198 W Silver Hill Ln. Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 249-7676 Region VI Director Martha Brown-Highlands County 1 Barracuda Dr. Sebring, FL 33875 (863) 471-5676

Region VII Director Maggie Green-Dade County 1151 SW 123 Ave., Bldg #35 Pembroke Pines, FL 33025 (305) 823-7439

2012 SNA Annual National Conference............................................................................... 32 Member Spotlight on Patricia Johnson...............................................................................36

Departments 2012-13 Sustaining Industry Partners (SIPs).........................................................................5 Catching up with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness............................................................................. 6 Chapter Chatter.............................................................................................................................19

Index to Advertisers Smucker’s Foodservice......................................................................Inside Front Cover Hadley Farms, Inc...................................................................................................................2 Precision Foods, Inc.............................................................................................................. 3

REGION DIRECTORS-ELECT Region I Director-Elect Betty Jo Marcotte-Okaloosa County 3970 Indian Mound Rd. Crestview, FL 32539 (850) 301-3020 Ext. 295

Let’s all be fans of school meals!!........................................................................................... 31

Region V Director-Elect Heather Wellings-Hillsborough County 7001 Interbay Blvd #269 Tampa, FL 33616 (813) 840-7104

Region VII Director-Elect Gayle Roberts-Broward County 2265 SW 33rd Way Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 (754) 322-4410

Jennie O Turkey Store......................................................................................................... 13 SunButter................................................................................................................................. 15 Red Gold LLC........................................................................................................................ 35 Dairy Council of Florida..................................................................................................... 37 M & B Products, Inc........................................................................................... Back Cover

FSNA STAFF Fran Gilbert, CAE Kathy Clark-Lucia Lorie Grooms, CMP

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The School Food in Florida publication is published four times a year by the Florida School Nutrition Association, 124 Salem Court, Tallahassee, FL 32301, telephone (850) 878-1832, Fax (850) 656-0149. Articles and editorials in School Food in Florida represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official policy of the Florida School Nutrition Association nor does acceptance of any advertisement imply endorsement of the product(s) or service(s). FSNA is affiliated with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, Maryland 20745, telephone (800) 877-8822.

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President’s Message As I sit to write this message we have just finished our 3rd day of school. It has been a hectic start as I know it has been for all of you. By the time you read this message hopefully all of the first days drama will be behind you and you are in a comfortable routine. I started out my year as President by planning and hosting our annual Leadership Conference at the MainSail Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Tampa. With the guidance and assistance from Fran and the FSNA office staff the conference was a success. While at the Leadership Conference the Executive Board began work on the 2012-2013 budget. The Regional Seminars were planned and the new Regional Director Award program was presented. All Executive Board members and Committee Chairs had an opportunity to explain to the attendees their roles and responsibilities. In July, I attended ANC in Denver, Colorado where Florida was presented as the Southeast Region winner for highest increase in membership. Go Florida!! As winner of this award we were presented with a complimentary registration to the ANC 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. Not only that, it was a great conference with fantastic breakout sessions and keynote speakers. I was proud to see that Florida was well represented with about 150 of our members in attendance. I was honored to attend Sandy Ford’s reception at the Grand Hyatt. The view from the ballroom was spectacular! Mary Kate Harrison and Beverly Girard along with their committee did a great job hosting and organizing this event. Thank you ladies…I know Sandy was very proud. Also in July, the Executive Board participated in a conference call with Fran Gilbert and Lorie Grooms to decide on the location of our 2014 annual conference. Lorie provided a comprehensive list of convention centers and hotels from several areas across the state. After a healthy discussion and process of elimination the Board voted to host the 2014 annual conference at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. I know all of you are going to love this location. I foresee some of you making a family vacation out of this conference. In August, the Executive Board met in Lake Mary for our Summer meeting. We were able to put the finishing touches on our 2012-2013 budget and make some decisions that will help us move our association forward. The Nominating Committee met and decided on a slate of candidates for us to vote for in February. Look for the introduction of candidates on page 13. The Board also voted on several new important By-Law changes that we will bring to the House of Delegates in April. Look for information on these changes in an upcoming issue of your School Food in Florida magazine and make sure your county is represented in the House of Delegates.

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Some more exciting news came out of the Executive Board meeting in August as well: The Board voted to honor future SWAC Award winners with a $200 cash prize. So if you already have a SWAC team or have thought about starting one, now is the time to get one going and submit that award!! You and your SWAC team could walk away with $200 to fund a fun project!


And last, but not least, don’t forget to toot your own horn by submitting an award application. I know that all of you provide award-winning service to you students every day. So take the time to document your hard work and dedication and show it off to the rest of us. See the FSNA website for full details on the Scholarships and Awards program. Until next time…make sure you are “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow”

Mary Jane Dunlop 2012-2013 FSNA President

2012-13 Sustaining Industry Partners (SIPs) (As of September 7, 2012)

Thank you for your continued support of the Florida School Nutrition Association! You are a vital part of our success! Membership runs from August 1, 2012 – July 31, 2013. If you would like to join, please contact the state office.

Heinz High Liner Foods (USA) Inc. Hobart Corporation HOPCO Foodservice Marketing Horizon Software International, LLC J&J Snacks J.T.M. Food Group Jennie O Turkey Store Just Another Food Broker Kellogg Food Away From Home LTI “Changing how food is served” M & B Products, Inc. Marjon Specialty Foods Inc. MCS Software Nardones Brothers Pizza National Food Group, Inc. Naturally Fresh Bay Valley Foods, LLC PanSaver® / M&Q Packaging Corp. PCS Revenue Control Systems, Inc. PepsiCo Foodservice Precision Foods, Inc. Red Gold LLC Rich Ice Cream Rock-N-Roll Gourmet Schwans Food Service Super Bakery, Inc. Tabatchnick Fine Foods Inc. Tyson Foods Unisource Marketing Group Upstate Niagara Cooperative Whaley Foodservice

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A Higher Level Advantage Waypoint AFM, Inc. Apple & Eve Atlantic Coast Marketing Barilla America Bridgford Foods Corporation Brookwood Farms Café Favorites/CEM Bakeries Calico Industries, Inc. Cambro Manufacturing Cargill Foodservice Clark Food Service Equipment Coastal Sales & Marketing, LLC ConAgra Foods Dairy Council of Florida Dakota Growers Pasta, Co. Inc. Denver Equipment Co. of Charlotte, Inc. DFM Inc. Eaton Marketing and Associates Finn Marketing Group, Inc. Florida Department of Citrus Florida Strawberry Growers Assn. Foodlink Form Plastics Company Galley Inc. General Mills Gold Kist Farms - School Food Service Gordon Food Service Hadley Farms, Inc. Heartland Payment Systems


Catching up with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness

It’s a New Day for Florida’s School Lunches!!! As most of you know, the new meal requirements raised the standards of school meals for the first time in more than 15 years and will help to improve the health and nutrition of approximately 2.6 million students in Florida. You are leading the way by providing for well-nourished students who are prepared for success at school and beyond. At the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Nutrition and Wellness (FNW), we are committed to assisting you to reach this goal.

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From the feedback we have received, the months of preparation have paid off, and the implementation of the new standards is positive. As you prepared for the beginning of the school year, many of you used the meal pattern materials created to assist you and your students with identifying a complete meal. On recent school visits, we were pleased to see the sneeze guard clings, offer vs. serve posters and dry-erase menu boards displayed in cafeterias. Also, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive responses from you for the quick reference pocket guides. In fact, we’ve had requests from 25 other states requesting copies of Florida’s designs for implementation and reproduction around the country!


Many of you are serving breakfast in creative ways to meet the needs of your students and educate parents and the community. Here are some examples: • Breakfast in the Classroom – Students can head straight to class where meals are delivered and served in the classroom.


• Breakfast After First Period – This is also called a nutrition break or second-chance breakfast. As the name implies, students eat breakfast during a break in the morning, usually between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

• Grab n’ Go – Breakfasts are packaged in In our continued efforts to support you, paper bags, boxes or trays. Students pick up it is our mission to make the community their breakfast and head to class, the cafeteria throughout Florida aware of the hard work or the courtyard. that goes into serving quality meals every day in school cafeterias. A public awareness • Breakfast Carts – It’s a mobile serving area for breakfast. There is no need to head to the campaign designed to educate the community cafeteria; breakfast is brought to students in about the new meal standards and to help designated areas such as the courtyard, gym change perceptions about school meals started or near the bus loop. this month. Look and listen for public service announcements on area TV and radio stations. In the month of October, we are distributing We regularly distribute press releases to press releases promoting National Farm promote the many exciting activities you to School Month and National School create for implementation in your cafeterias. Lunch Week. Programs promoting National Last month, we received media coverage for Farm to School Month include the Harvest Florida School Breakfast Week promoting Fresh Produce being served this month in the availability of an affordable, healthy school many of Florida’s school cafeterias. Posters breakfast for all students at school. Studies highlighting okra, squash, eggplant, snap have shown that students who eat breakfast beans and cauliflower are on display in many make greater gains on standardized tests, pay cafeterias. Teachers should love the resource attention and behave better in class and are material developed by Florida Agriculture less frequently tardy, absent or visit the nurse’s in the Classroom about the many benefits office. Eating breakfast is also positively linked from eating squash, tangerines, peppers and with maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding snap beans. Lesson plans are available on the health problems associated with obesity. website. In addition, you will find activity sheets for National School Lunch Week designed around the theme, “What’s Cooking.” National School Lunch Week and every week is a good time to promote participation in school lunch. Here are a few ways to be more involved: • Promote your program with signs, banners and balloons.

• Provide free samples of your healthy school meals on the serving line. • Send letters home to parents about School Lunch Weeks and the activities happening in your district or school. • Highlight the kid-friendly recipes developed by Florida chefs available on

• Host a “Student Lunch Art Project.” Ask students to draw or color a picture of their ideal, healthy school lunch. Hang their drawings in the cafeteria.

• Hold a cooking-themed trivia quiz and include nutrition-based questions.

• On October 17 (or a day of your choosing), host “Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” and spread the word to parents about the healthy and tasty options served in school cafeterias every day. We’ll continue to share your stories and increase community awareness of the benefits of a healthy school lunch throughout the year. If you haven’t already done so, please check out the new website for all types of resources from a customizable press release to share key messages about your schools and districts to activity sheets and more! Make sure to share this information with your students, community, administrators and teachers.

AWARD YOUR BEST WORK! With the many new changes you have implemented to meet the new meal standards, your schools are closer than ever to qualifying for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Awards. The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative that has recognized thousands of schools for their efforts in improving food and beverage offerings, teaching kids about nutritious food choices and being physically active, providing opportunities for physical activity and having supportive school wellness policies. As of October 2012, 256 Florida schools have been awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold or Gold Award of Distinction HUSSC Awards! FNW has qualified individuals, training and hands-on assistance available to assist your schools in qualifying and applying for HUSSC Awards. This is a great opportunity to recognize your healthy school environment and acknowledge excellence in school meals. Congratulations to the current Florida HUSSC Award-Winning Schools:

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Alachua County Metcalfe Elementary School M. K. Rawlings Elementary School Brevard County Jupiter Elementary School Leon County Florida State University Schools, Inc. Manatee County Haile Middle School Kinnan Elementary School Rogers Garden Elementary School Sea Breeze Elementary School Abel Elementary School Anna Maria Elementary School Ballard Elementary School Bashaw Elementary School Bayshore Elementary School Blackburn Elementary School Braden River Elementary School Daughtrey Elementary School Manatee Elementary School McNeal Elementary School Miller Elementary School Mills Elementary School Moody Elementary School Myakka City Elementary School Oneco Elementary School Orange Ridge Elementary School Palm View Elementary School Palma Sola Elementary School Palmetto Elementary School Prine Elementary School Rowlett Elementary School Samoset Elementary School Stewart Elementary School Tara Elementary School

Tillman Elementary School Wakeland Elementary School Williams Elementary School Witt Elementary School Miami-Dade County Air Base Elementary School Amelia Earhart Elementary School Arch Creek Elementary School Arcola Lake Elementary School Auburndale Elementary School Avocado Elementary School Banyan Elementary School Barbara Hawkins Elementary School Bel-Aire Elementary School Ben Sheppard Elementary School Bent Tree Elementary School Biscayne Elementary School Biscayne Gardens Elementary School Blue Lakes Elementary School Brentwood Elementary School Broadmoor Elementary School Bunche Park Elementary School Calusa Elementary School Caribbean Elementary School Carol City Elementary School Charles David Wyche, Jr. Elementary School Charles R. Drew Elementary School Charles R. Hadley Elementary School Christina M. Eve Elementary School Citrus Grove Elementary School Claude Pepper Elementary School Coconut Grove Elementary School Colonial Drive Elementary School Comstock Elementary School Coral Park Elementary School Coral Reef Elementary School Coral Terrace Elementary School Crestview Elementary School Cutler Ridge Elementary School Cypress Elementary School Dante B. Fascell Elementary School David Fairchild Elementary School Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School Dr. Gilbert Porter Elementary School Dr. Manuel C. Barreiro Elementary School Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary School E. W. F. Stirrup Elementary School Earlington Heights Elementary School Edison Park Elementary School Emerson Elementary School Eneida Massas Hartner Elementary School Ethel F. Beckford/Richmond Elementary School Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary School Fairlawn Elementary School Flagami Elementary School Flamingo Elementary School Florida City Elementary School Frances S. Tucker Elementary School Frederick Douglass Elementary School Fulford Elementary School George Washington Carver Elementary School Gertrude K. Edelman/Sabal Palm Elementary


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School Gloria Floyd Elementary School Golden Glades Elementary School Goulds Elementary School Gratigny Elementary School Greenglade Elementary School Greynolds Park Elementary School Gulfstream Elementary School Henry E. S. Reeves Elementary School Henry M. Flagler Elementary School Henry S. West Laboratory School Hialeah Elementary School Hialeah Gardens Elementary School Hibiscus Elementary School Holmes Elementary School Howard Drive Elementary School Jack D. Gordon Elementary School James H. Bright/J. W. Johnson Elementary School Jessie J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary School Joe Hall Elementary School Joella C. Good Elementary School John G. Dupuis Elementary School Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School Kendale Elementary School Kendale Lakes Elementary School Kensington Park Elementary School Kinloch Park Elementary School Lake Stevens Elementary School Lakeview Elementary School Laura C. Saunders Elementary School Lenora Brown Smith Elementary School Liberty City Elementary School Lorah Park Elementary School Ludlam Elementary School Madie Ives Community Elementary School Mae M. Walters Elementary School Majority Stoneman Douglas Elementary School Maya Angelou Elementary School Meadowlane Elementary School Melrose Elementary School Miami Gardens Elementary School Miami Heights Elementary School Miami Park Elementary School Miami Shores Elementary School Miami Springs Elementary School Morningside Elementary School Myrtle Grove Elementary School North Dade Center for Modern Languages Natural Bridge Elementary School Nathan B. Young Elementary School Norland Elementary School Norma Butler Bossard Elementary School North Beach Elementary School North Glade Elementary School North Hialeah Elementary School North Miami Elementary School North Twin Lakes Elementary School Norwood Elementary School Oak Grove Elementary School Ojus Elementary School Olinda Elementary School Oliver Hoover Elementary School

Olympia Heights Elementary School Orchard Villa Elementary School Palm Lakes Elementary School Palm Springs Elementary School Palm Springs North Elementary School Palmetto Elementary School Parkview Elementary School Parkway Elementary School Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School Perrine Elementary School Phillis Wheatley Elementary School Phyllis Ruth Miller Elementary School Pine Lake Elementary School Pine Villa Elementary School Pinecrest Elementary School Poinciana Park Elementary School Rainbow Park Elementary School Redland Elementary School Redondo Elementary School Riverside Elementary School Robert Russa Moton Elementary School Rockway Elementary School Royal Green Elementary School Royal Palm Elementary School Santa Clara Elementary School Scott Lake Elementary School Seminole Elementary School Shadowlawn Elementary School Shenandoah Elementary School Silver Buff Elementary School Skyway Elementary School Snapper Creek Elementary School South Hialeah Elementary School South Miami Heights Elementary School South Pointe Elementary School Southside Elementary School Spanish Lake Elementary School Springview Elementary School Sunset Elementary School Sunset Park Elementary School Sweetwater Elementary School Sylvania Heights Elementary School Thena C. Crowder Elementary School Toussaint Louverture Elementary School Treasure Island Elementary School Tropical Elementary School Twin Lakes Elementary School Van E. Blanton Elementary School Village Green Elementary School Virginia A. Boone/Highland Oaks Elementary School W. J. Bryan Elementary School Wesley Matthews Elementary School West Hialeah Gardens Elementary School West Homestead Elementary School Whispering Pines Elementary School William A. Chapman Elementary School William Lehman Elementary School Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School Orange County Avalon Middle School Bridgewater Middle School Southwest Middle School

Dr. Phillips Elementary School Lee Middle School Whispering Oaks Elementary School Palm Beach County Pine Jog Elementary School S. D. Spady Elementary School Polk County Horizons Elementary School Putnam County Middleton-Burney Elementary School Santa Rosa County Pea Ridge Elementary School Gulf Breeze Middle School Sims Middle School Bagdad Elementary School Bennett C. Russell Elementary School Berryhill Elementary School Chumuckla Elementary School East Milton Elementary School Holley Navarre Intermediate School Holley Navarre Middle School Holley Navarre Primary School S. S. Dixon Primary School West Navarre Intermediate School W. H. Rhodes Elementary School Sarasota County Ashton Elementary School Bay Haven Elementary School Southside Elementary School Tatum Ridge Elementary School Venice Elementary School Alta Vista Elementary School Atwater Elementary School Brentwood Elementary School Cranberry Elementary School Emma E. Booker Elementary School Englewood Elementary School Fruitville Elementary School Garden Elementary School Glenallen Elemantary School Gocio Elementary School Gulf Gate Elementary School Lamarque Elementary School Lakeview Elementary School Phillippi Shores Elementary School Toledo Blade Elementary School Tuttle Elementary School Wilkinson Elementary School

All of us at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of FNW, recognize the added efforts put forth by so many of you and want to thank all of you for the work you do every day in Florida’s schools to ensure that healthy meals and healthy lifestyle choices are available to Florida students.

Stretch ! s s e n i p p a H to s s e r t S e D Your Life! By Zenia Ventura, SNS How did your day unfold today? Deadlines to meet, project changes, interrupted implementation plan, unexpected computer crash, understaff operation, kitchen equipment down, upset parent phone calls? An overwhelmed, stressful lifestyle dangerously effects your body. Simultaneously, your heart pumps twice its natural rate, the blood vessels constrict and raise the blood pressure to outrageous levels, the stomach shuts down and mealtime passes by unannounced. The immune system is now weak, turning off any affectionate interest, slowing any healing. Memory slacks off and things that just happened minutes before start disappearing from your shortterm memory. Despite this negative scenario, there is a positive side of stress. Stress is a normal reaction to embracing challenge. Some of us, without certain amounts of pressure, would never accomplish set goals. Positive stress is the energy boost needed to engage, the buzz of excitement before a big challenge, or the element of risk that sustains expectations. Consequently, too little to do could be as bad as an overwhelming schedule.

Diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation can ease tension in the muscles if headaches or migraines are caused by stress.

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US psychologist S. Kobasa’s research revealed that the ability to remain fit and motivated under stress was linked to commitment to self, job, and community, the acceptance of change as part of life, a feeling of control over life, and the belief that you can influence events. Having a personal plan to reduce the stress produced by the pressure that circumstances could bring to you, might be the change needed to live a happy life. Below are steps to reduce stress in your personal and work life.


Step 1. Completing my personal self-assessment. Assessment

Do you compulsively work, eat, smoke or drink?




Do you feel that your life is out of control?

Do you experience physical symptoms when stressed?

When you are under pressure is your mental or emotional life affected? Do you have difficulty relaxing?

Is it hard to maintain good relationships with others? When you are under pressure, do you act in a “HOT” way? Do you blame other people or feel angry? Do you become aggressive? Do you fume inwardly?

Or in a “COLD” way?

Do you become withdrawn or deny that there is a problem? Do you become panicky?

Do you blame yourself or feel guilty?

General Guidance (From Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies by Ann Woodham and Dr. D. Peters) People’s personality often influences reaction to pressure. Some people behave in a “hot” or hostile way, fuming and blaming others, making them prone to coronary heart disease. “Cold” reactors may use up energy in trying to ignore the problem or in blaming themselves, and thus deplete their immune system and become vulnerable to infection. Compulsive or obsessive behavior, emotional problems such as insomnia, or physical condition such as indigestion, are also indicators of someone not coping with stress in a healthy manner.

Your Score

The Power of Positive Thinkers: Laughter relaxes tense muscles, eases fatigue, and improves circulation, in addition to making you feel good. Doing something to help other people, whether voluntary work or visiting a sick neighbor, can help you feel good. Keeping a diary is a discipline that can help build a sense of inner stability. Exercise, dance, and sports all help improve body image and self-perception. • Anxiety – This is a sudden distress caused by fear, worry, or uneasiness, usually caused by an imminent unfortunate event with an uncertain outcome.

• Depression – Deep feeling of sadness, unhappiness, misery. This is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed moods, guilty feelings, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

• Loneliness – This is an unpleasant feeling or sense of emptiness and solitude as a result of inadequate social relationships.

Staying flexible helps to prevent back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as headaches and fatigue.

• If you scored a majority of A’s, you are one of those hardy characters who respond well to challenge.

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• A majority of B answers indicates that you may deal well in some situations but not others, and would be well advised to learn some coping strategies.


• If you scored high in C’s, you have a coping style that is particularly vulnerable to stress. The good news is that you can learn to cope but you need to monitor yourself and make a real effort to practice stress management techniques.

Step 2. Remain alert for warnings of a stressful lifestyle: • Pressure – This is a feeling of physical or mental distress due to the sense of urgency or matters demanding immediate attention. Circumstances that might be constraint by time, resources, specialized skills, and higher expectations than what realistically can be accomplished.

Step 3. Implement stress management techniques • Know and work on your “Own-Self ” Self-awareness of your value, talents, and limits is the key to embrace challenges and overcome fears. Work on your “own self ” and induce calm and confidence to minimize stress effects. Recognize the changes needed to help set easy to achieve, simple goals with specific benchmarks. • Realistic goals, assertive enlightening The #1 reason people become stressed over their responsibility is the lack of realistic short term goals. Every big achievement becomes manageable when it is broken down on attainable targets. Identify these easy to achieve goals all along until your mission is accomplished. Provide them with the confidence that there is direction and leadership on all efforts. Make achieving

specific goals a priority or be happy where you are.

• Coach for accountability, not for problem solving Each one of us, at one point or other, led others to an accomplishment. Avoid leading others for problem solving. Choose a higher commitment by coaching for confidence and accountability. Are you leaving others dependent, helpless, and building lack of confidence? This type of leadership style will only backfire on you, ruining peace, calm, and confidence. Think about yourself as a leadership coach rather than a manager. Get ready to amaze others about how capable they really are. • Wise time management skills Daily review of priorities considering how many people will be affected by a task, how important is a task to the mission, and the aim deadline will make the difference when organizing weekly working hours. Avoid rushing by providing transition time. Establish measurement tools to recognize progress against goals. Eat a light lunch away from the work area at all possible. Plan your snacks and hydrating breaks during the day. Take few alone minutes at the end of the date to re-cap. • Become assertive and eliminate distractions. Learn to say “no” to handling tasks in excess of what should be personally handled. Seek superior’s clarification of scope of involvement or support staff intervention when delegating is needed. Start every task with the end result in mind. Create weekly goals to lead to a feeling of mission accomplished at the end of each week. Continuous rewards create an organizational culture of assurance and success.

• Become dispensable Identify each team player’s responsibility and provide them the resources necessary to perform to expectations. Inspire specific successors with preparation strategies and mentoring resources. Connect with emerging leaders, initiate meaningful conversations that reveal maturity-level, character, and willingness to lead. • Engage in a stress-free healthy eating lifestyle Adopt a stress-free approach, with no off-limit foods and no calorie restrictions. Simply make permanent changes, such as reducing high-sugar liquid calories, understanding and taking control of emotional eating, balancing the calories burned with the calories consumed, keeping mood/food journal, engaging in 30 minutes of light exercise, and performing 5 minutes of strength-training each day.

Step 4. Strive for a great night sleep. Avoid working late and strive for 6-8 hours of sleep each night. The inability to have a good night sleep could cause damage to your mood, memory, and level of concentration. The following practices

• Turn off computers, cellphones, and tv at least 30 minutes before bedtime to avoid receiving the high level of electromagnetic energy that disturbs sleep.

• Eat foods that promote a “good night sleep” such as avocado, which contains besitosterol, a compound that lowers the body production of the stress hormone cortisol and cherries, which contain melatonin, a hormone that has shown to improve sleep.

• Create a proper relaxing welcoming environment including keeping a clean bedroom, neat and tidy beds, and pleasant smell. An enjoyable environment is proper to help you feel good and relaxed at bedtime according to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation.

• Implement relaxing techniques according to your preference. From stretching to progressive muscle relaxation, these techniques have helped people to have a good night sleep for centuries. • Avoid unhealthy habits, such as drinking and smoking which could affect your nervous system and disturb your sleep cycle.

Step 5. Make exercise a top priority for life. As inconvenient, impractical, and time consuming as it sounds to live an active lifestyle, it is more unmanageable, troublesome, and unaffordable to become part the high mortality rate due to stress. Back and neck pain, headaches, insomnia, depression, digestive disorders, anxiety attacks, and osteoarthritis are only some of the possible clinical scenarios that physical or emotional stress, due to inactivity and overwhelming load of work, can bring in people’s life. Failure to underestimate the importance of “body empowerment” through exercise, leads to reduction of life span. Consistently, researches report that exercise can improve mood, lift depression, boost self-esteem, lessen anxiety, improve sleep cycles, and empower you to cope better with personal and work related stress. People that exercise regularly remain energized. According to the American Medical Association, “moderate levels of activity are as conducive to good health and longevity as more extreme levels.” Using everyday activities, such as walking, gardening, stretching, and leisure sports with your children can add up to improved overall physical and emotional health. The most important characteristic for an exercise program to succeed is: It can blend into your life softly. It can realistically happen. It doesn’t matter how good an exercise program is, it won’t work if you do not make it happen.

Practice this while reading: Contract your stomach muscles and curl your buttocks forward for a pelvic tilt. Hold and release. Repeat five times.

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Do five neck rotations while reading Step 4, Strive for a great night sleep.

would help you to ensure a good night sleep. Remember to consult your physician if condition persists.





Strengthening Exercise

Shapes and tones muscles. Helps burn calories while at rest. Strengthens bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Lifting weights, push-ups, pull-ups, isometric exercises, sit-ups, leg lifts

Flexibility Exercise

Provides relief from stiffness and stress. Stretching exercises keep connective tissue from shortening and tightening, prevents muscles pulls and tear, relieves pain, boosts muscles strength and tone and helps prevent injury. Flexibility enhances body awareness and appearance, increases energy, and improves circulation.

Cardiovascular/ This component improves functions of your heart and lungs. Burns calories and Aerobic Exercise fat. Helps to control cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Relieves stress. Improves efficiency and endurance.

“ You are too busy to exercise only if you are too busy to breathe.”

Pilates, Yoga, Dance movements, all stretching exercises, reaching, bending

Walking, Running, Swimming, Bicycling, Climbing Stairs, Dancing, Hiking, Sports, Raking Leaves, Mowing grass.

Weather you decide to perform all at once or just create your personal game plan, studies have shown that implementing these lifestyle components decrease the risk for life threatening stress related conditions. Life can be stressful, but learning stress management techniques helps to ensure a quality lifestyle that reduces stress, release anxiety, alleviate depression and boost healthy eating and exercise habits in our lives. Look on the FSNA website ( for easy-to-perform stretching exercise sheet. This article is intended as a reference only, not as a medical manual. The information here is intended to educate and to help you make informative decisions about your health. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment. If you suspect that you have a medical problem, we urge you to seek competent medical help.


Woodham, A., & David, P. (1997). Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies. DK Publishing, Inc. Bauman, A., Sarry H. (1998). Fat to Firm at any Age. Rodale, Inc. Rodale, A. (2000). No Fail Fitness Tips. Rodale, Inc.

Stretch to Happiness – Certification Test (Fall 2012) True or False: For each statement, check True or False. 1. An overwhelmed stressful lifestyle causes a dangerous body effect that could lead to death.



2. Stress is an abnormal reaction to address changes. 3. Anxiety is a sudden distress caused by fear, worry or uneasiness. 4. Self-awareness of your value, talents, and limits is the key to embrace challenges and overcome fears. 5. Work on your own self to induce fear and anxiety. 6. Establishing measurement tools to recognize progress against goals will give you a sense of achievement. 7. Create weekly goals to lead feeling of mission accomplished at the end of each week. 8. To engage in a stress free diet, simply make permanent changes such as reducing high-sugar liquid calories, and understanding and taking control of emotional eating. School Food in Florida Fall 2012

9. Avoid working late and strive for 2-4 hours of sleep.


10. Moderate levels of activity are as conductive to good health and longevity as more extreme levels.

Name: ____________________________________________________ Chapter: ________________ SNA Membership #: ________________ Address: __________________________________________________ Approved for one (1) CEU by:__________ (Local Certification Chair)

To receive one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU), you must complete the above test, and then give it to your local certification chair for grading and approval. Your certification chair will return the graded and approved test to you. As of September 1, 2008, if you are certified, you can use up to 3 publication articles per year to renew your certification. Passing grade is 80%. The issue date (October 2012) must fall within your certification period. Also, as of September 1, 2008, certified members are no longer required to submit their CEUs to SNA. SNA will check proof of CEUs via a random audit. If you are selected for an audit, notification to send CEU documentation will be included in your annual certification renewal notice.

Be sure to keep each graded test as proof of 1 CEU!

Introducing the 2013 – 2014 Candidates

The following is a glimpse of the candidates on the 2013 – 2014 FSNA ballot. Get to know them more by reading the “Interview with the Candidates” in the upcoming Winter publication, along with your ballot.

Candidate for President-Elect

Candidate for Region IV Director-Elect

Maggie Green FSNA Member for: 10 years Current SFS Position: FN Manager, Dade County Offices Held: Local Scholarships & Awards Chair, Local President-Elect, Local President, Local Membership Chair, SWAC Advisor, FSNA Scholarship & Awards, Region VII Director, Foundation Chair of Regional Directors, Region Director Chair

Jennie Chessman FSNA Member for: 6 years Current SFS Position: FN Manager, Brevard County Offices Held: SWAC Advisor, Local Membership Chair, Local President-Elect, Local President, Local Scholarships & Awards Chair

Candidates for Foodservice Employee / Manager Section Chair Nancy Hussey FSNA Member for: 13 years Current SFS Position: FN Manager, Broward County Offices Held: Local President-Elect, Local President, Local Membership Chair, FSNA Membership

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FSNA Scholarships & Awards Deadlines AWARDS



Community Humanitarian Award

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Florida Jump Start Award (Florida School Breakfast Week)

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

SNA's deadline is March 1, but FSNA’s deadline is February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

August 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

August 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Letter of Intent - Dec 1 Application - SNA's deadline is March 1, but FSNA’s deadline is February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

SNA's deadline is March 1, but FSNA’s deadline is February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Entry Form-Oct 1 Book/Report-March 1

Mary Jane Dunlop, FSNA President c/o FSNA Headquarters

Public Policy and Legislative Award

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Retiree of the Year Award

February 1

Wanda Pedraza, Silver Circle Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Smart Start Award (National School Breakfast Week) - Previous Year

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Super School Award (National School Lunch Week)

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

SWAC of the Year Award

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

February 1

Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Membership Award (Must be members of FSNA & SNA)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Certification Award (Must be members of FSNA & SNA)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Twenty-five Years of Service Award (By June of current year)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Thirty Years of Service Award (By June of current year)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Thirty-five Years of Service Award (By June of current year)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Forty Years of Service Award (By June of current year)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Forty-five Years of Service Award (By June of current year)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Fifty Years of Service Award (By June of current year)

February 1

FSNA Headquarters

Adult Education GED and High School Diploma


Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Undergraduate Degree, Lower Division


Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

Undergraduate (Upper Division) & Graduate Degrees


Joanne Terry, S&A Chair c/o FSNA Headquarters

January 15

Jud Crane, PP&L Chair


Joanne Terry, S&A Chair


Heart of the Program Award (SNA Award) - Must use SNA forms Innovative Idea Award Administrative/Supervisory Level (Can be from current year or past year) Innovative Idea Award FS Employee/Manager Level (Can be from current year or past year) Leadership Award Administrative/Supervisory Level (Can be from current year or past year) Leadership Award FS Employee/Manager Level (Can be from current year or past year) Louise Sublette Award of Excellence (SNA Award) - Must use SNA forms Nutrition Award Outstanding Director of the Year Award (SNA Award) - Must use SNA forms Outstanding Manager of the Year Award President’s Award

Thelma Flanagan Quality Program Award

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FSNA SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS Legislative Action Caucus Grant FS Employee/Manager Grant Program

Scholarships & Awards Contact addresses and telephone numbers

If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of the committee members. They are here to help you! Mary Jane Dunlop, FSNA President Santa Rosa County SFS 6544 Firehouse Rd. Milton, FL 32570 Home: (850) 554-9128 Work: (859) 983-5140 ext. 108 Wanda Pedraza FSNA Silver Circle Chair 7042 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL 33144 (407) 323-5633 Joanne Terry, FSNA S & A Chair Charlotte County SFS 1016 Education Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Home/Cell: (941) 258-0827 Work: (941) 575-5400 ext. 179

FSNA Headquarters 124 Salem Court Tallahassee, FL 32301 (888) 878-1832 Jud Crane, FSNA PP&L Chair Santa Rosa County SFS 6544 Firehouse Rd. Milton, FL 32570 (850) 983-5130 Contact Joanne Terry or Fran Gilbert to request any further detailed information about FSNA awards and scholarships. You may download applications directly from FSNA’s website (www.floridaschoolnutrition. org). They are provided in Word format and are downloadable onto a personal computer.

School Nutrition Association 2012 – 2013 Scholarships & Awards For further information/applications offered through the School Nutrition Association (SNA), call SNA’s Service Center at 1-800-877-8822 or email

SNA website at: Remember- you must use SNA’s applications for their scholarships and awards!

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You can also find SNA 2011-2012 Scholarships & Awards documents in a pdf format on the


2012-13 FSNA & SNA Calendar EVENT



FSNA Executive Board Meetings Winter Meeting


Conference Call

April Meeting

April 4, 2013

Rosen Plaza, Orlando, FL

Region I

November 10, 2012

Milton High School, Milton County

Region II

November 3, 2012

East Gadsden High School, Gadsden County

Region III

October 13, 2012

Forest High School, Marion County

Region IV

October 6, 2012

Viera High School, Brevard County

Region V

October 27, 2012

M&B Farms, Citrus County

Region VI

November 3, 2012

Palm Point Educational Research School, St. Lucie County

Region VII

October 20, 2012

Forest High School, Marion County

October 2-4, 2012

Waldorf Astoria, Naples FL


Doubletree Hotel, Tallahassee, FL


April 4-6

Orange County Convention Center & Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL


April 24-26

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL



FSNA Region Seminars

FSNA Industry Seminar/Commodity Expo 2012

FSNA Legislative Action Caucus 2013

FSNA Annual Conferences

FSNA Leadership Training 2013


FSNA School Food In Florida Deadlines for Chapter Chatter, Articles & Advertising Winter Publication (mailed in December)

November 1, 2012

Spring Publication (mailed in April)

February 1, 2013

Summer Publication (mailed in July)

June 1, 2013

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Other Events


2012 National School Lunch Week

October 15-19

"School Lunch - What's Cooking"

2013 Florida School Breakfast Week


2013 National School Breakfast Week

March 4-8

"Be a Star With School Breakfast"

SNA Fall Committee Days

October 18-20

Gaylord National Harbor, National Harbor, MD

2013 National Leadership Conference

April 18-20

"Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, GA

2014 National Leadership Conference

April 17-19

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, St. Louis, MO

2013 SNA Child Nutrition Industry Conference

January 13-15

Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, TX

2013 SNA Legislative Action Conference

March 3-6

JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC

School Nutrition Specialists (SNS)

(as of September 17, 2012)

Nancy Armocida, SNS Sarasota County

Ashley Gill, SNS FLDOE

Kathleen McGinn, SNS St. Lucie County

Debra Stecklein, SNS FLDOACS

Elizabeth Binninger, SNS St. Johns County

Lori Gionti, SNS Broward County

Dawn Menz, SNS Brevard County

Judy Steinbarger, SNS Hillsborough County

Tracy Brizendine, SNS Sarasota County

Beverly Girard, SNS Sarasota County

Vonda Moonier, SNS Orange County

Lola Strickland, SNS FLDOACS

Donald Buck, SNS Charlotte County

Maggie Giunta, SNS Pasco County

Melissa Moore, SNS FLDOE

Tim Tankersley, SNS Advantage Waypoint

Mary Cardarelle-Hermans, SNS Manatee County

Allyn Graves, SNS Nassau County

Penny Mourer, SNS Charlotte County

Robin Tennille, SNS Franklin County

Bernice Coppola, SNS Sarasota County

Skye Grundy, RD, SNS Manatee County

Jean Palmore, SNS Osceola County

Regina Thoma, SNS Manatee County

Melissa Corum, SNS FLDOE

Valerie Hansen, SNS Volusia County

Richard Parks, SNS FLDOACS

Jeffrey Torney, SNS Sarasota County

Gary Dodds, SNS Lake County

Mary Kate Harrison, SNS Hillsborough County

Roy Pistone, SNS Citrus County

Angela Torres, SNS Flagler County

Lori Dornbusch, SNS Palm Beach County

Julie Hedine, SNS Pasco County

Sean Prevatt, SNS St. Johns County

Christopher Van Vliet, SNS Marion County

Lori Drenth, SNS Hernando County

Rae Hollenbeck, SNS Osceola County

Mallory Proctor, SNS FLDOE

Zenia Ventura, SNS St. Lucie County

Arthur Dunham, SNS Pinellas County

Dawn Houser, SNS Collier County

Cathy Reed, SNS Leon County

Sherri Webber, SNS Hillsborough County

Susan Ehrhart, SNS Polk County

Almeda Jefferson, SNS Orange County

Susan Reedy, SNS Manatee County

Tamera Webster, SNS Broward County

Christine Farneti, SNS Volusia County

Judith Jenkins, SNS Hillsborough County

Jeff Rockwood, SNS Volusia County

David Whetstone, SNS FLDOE

Sandra Ford, SNS Manatee County

Kay Johnson, SNS Lee County

Diane Santoro, SNS Orange County

Terri Whitacre, SNS Charlotte County

Darren Frymoyer, SNS St. Lucie County

Jenna Kaczmarski, SNS Polk County

Carole Schutt, SNS St. Lucie County

Linda Wiley, SNS Duval County

Lynn Geist, SNS Pinellas County

Twyla Leigh, SNS Collier County

Sheila Sheridan, SNS Collier County

Karen Wray, SNS Hernando County

Catherine Gerard, SNS Pinellas County

Emily Mark, SNS Pasco County

Gail Silverwood, SNS Hillsborough County

Deborah Wuest, SNS St Lucie County

Lora Gilbert, SNS Orange County

Gwendolyn McCartney Freier, SNS Citrus County

Marcia Smith, SNS Polk County

Susan Zanatta, SNS Manatee County

2013-2014 Candidate Ballots must be postmarked by February 1, 2013 (Look for your ballot in the Winter issue) Scholarships & Awards: See page 14 for specific dates

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Important Deadlines to Remember


In times of Change, Great Managers are the Key to Departmental Success By: Mary Jane Cardarelle-Hermans, SNS, FSNA Employee/Manager Section Chair Great managers have a special way of engaging the hearts, minds and talents of their employees. They never waste a lot of time focusing on employee weaknesses. Instead, they focus and capitalize on the strengths that each employee has. Great managers know that each employee is uniquely wired and understands that they cannot force everyone to perform in the same way. They stick to the right outcomes, religiously, and then let each employee find his or her own way to reach those outcomes. They understand what nature knows to be true, that the most efficient route from point A to point B is almost never a straight line. Instead, it is the path of least resistance. By asking questions, listening to and working with each employee, great managers help employees find their own path of least resistance. They help employees release

SNA Election – Remember to vote! The SNA Nominating Committee recently met at the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver to select a slate of candidates for the 2012 SNA election ballot. After carefully studying the biographical information, supporting documents and goals for each candidate, the Nominating Committee selected the official slate of candidates for the ballot. The winners of this year’s election will serve on the 2013-15 SNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, with the installation to take place at SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference, July 14-17, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.

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The “polls” will be open for SNA members to cast their ballots between October 15 and November 15, 2012. Voting will be conducted online through SNA’s independent election house, which you can access through the SNA website, www. You can feel confident that the election is a secure process, as it requires all members to enter their membership numbers prior to voting and ensures that each member only votes one time.


If the Association is to continue serving as the voice of child nutrition programs in the United States and around the world, it’s critical that you participate in the selection of your future leaders. Stay tuned to the SNA website for full biographies of all the candidates, as well as more information regarding how you can cast your vote for the future of the Association. Florida candidate on the SNA ballot for Education Committee Chair: Diane Santoro, SNS, Orange County Public Schools

their strengths and turn them into performance. This is done one employee at a time, over and over again. It is this important role that is the department’s power supply. In time of change (like right now with the new regulations being implemented), it is this role that makes our departments strong. Strong enough to stay focused and strong enough to be flexible without breaking. If enough managers play this role well, the food service department becomes stronger one employee at a time.

Chapter Chatter Alachua County

Brevard County

Reported by: Irene Durden

Reported by: Lori Nelson

Welcome from Alachua County!

Brevard County School Nutrition Association is getting ready to kick off a new year. Our kick off meeting in September was a great way to get new membership for the year and more members involved in our activities. To celebrate Living Today for a Better Tomorrow, our first meeting included a nutrition speaker.

We are off to a great start with a brand new school--Meadowbrook Elementary. Meadowbrook opened its doors at the beginning of this school year. Carol Gallant is the new Manager. However, she is not new to School Food Service; this is her 25th year. Belinda Simmons, Jennifer Ayala and Dara Caudle are the wonderful workers making sure the students there at Meadowbrook get nutritious and delicious meals! They reported that they “are loving their new kitchen,” and sent in pictures of our efficient kitchen.

The fundraisers for the year will be rewarding and interesting! One will be the 50/50. The winner will be collecting $650. Our association will also be a winner! So everyone get those tickets sold. We also have a stain glass UF gator picture to raffle off. What gator fan wouldn’t want it! Some lucky winner will get to display a stain glass orange and blue gator.

As you see, we are up and running! Busy! Busy times! We are excited about feeding healthy, nutritious meals to our students. Also, we are excited about educating food & nutrition services employees and helping to create scholarships for students in Alachua County Culinary Programs. Have a wonderful, healthy year!

Manatee Elementary, Cafeteria Manager Holly Brown’s registration table.

Many of our members are promoting nutrition education through their cafeterias. With the new meal pattern introduction, managers created colorful displays for registration and spoke to students, parents and teachers. Holly Brown, Cafeteria Manager at Manatee Elementary did a great job promoting food services and wellness. Nutrition education can be found on colorful serving line displays, informational bulletin boards and throughout the serving area.

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We have a busy year ahead of us in our association. In our first meeting, we discussed the bylaws of Alachua School Nutrition Association. In October we are having a real Hoe-down, which includes our families at the park. Fun! Fun! With hot dogs and games! November will find us making blankets for Shands Hospital for the Pediatrics Floor. Great project! The Christmas Party this year will be somewhat different and exciting. To be held at Country Suites.

Here is some more exciting news! Kathy Schmitt, our food service manager at Mebane Middle School, is a new grandmother!! The little one’s name is Paisley Ryan Schmitt, born on May 31 and weighing in at 8 pounds and 1 ounce. Congratulations to the Schmitt family! And the second new little one is the granddaughter of Penny Fowler, our food service manager at High Springs Community School.The baby was 6 pounds and 11 ounces. Congratulations to the Fowler family!

We are very excited to be hosting the Region IV Seminar on October 6. Our association is working hard to make it a great networking and learning day here on the space coast. We have exciting breakout sessions, a mini food show and a special guest speaker planned for those attending. Our fundraising for the year has already begun with Yankee Candle sales. All fundraisers that are held throughout the year contribute toward scholarships that are given out at the end of the year to foodservice workers or their families.


Chapter Chatter Many of our members are involved in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program sponsored by the Dairy Council and the NFL. In August, as part of the June 1 deadline for grant funding, eight of our schools were funded, receiving a total of $30,500 in just this funding opportunity. Since the program has started 13 schools total have been involved and we have received a total of $62,500. At the end of August a few of our members attended a FUTP60 Training Camp in Jacksonville. We gained valuable information from speakers and two of our members were part of a panel discussion. Jennie Cheesman, Cafeteria Manager for Apollo Elementary and Lori Nelson, District Dietitian Specialist were featured on the panel. Those attending were able to also hear from Fred Taylor, former NFL player and do a meet and greet with him. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the promotion of health and nutrition for our students, schools and communities so we can all have a better tomorrow!

Broward County

Reported by: Kathie Englert

Greetings from Broward County. We started our 2012-2013 school year by inviting all Food Service employees to our Opening Manger’s meeting. We had a huge turnout of over 800 employees, very exciting. They were provided with a continental style breakfast and we had our T-shirt sales as well. The implementation of the New Meal Guidelines were discussed. Our Director, Mary Mulder, gave a Kudos to all employees for all their hard work and dedication to our successful program. Broward County welcomes new area supervisor, Sophia Bettoli! We will be continuing Our Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Program in the Elementary schools this year. In September, we tasted Honeydew melon and in October we will be tasting Multicolor Cauliflower. The children really look forward to this every month. In addition to the monthly taste testing, we have also added fresh celery sticks, cucumbers, and squash medley, as well as continuing the “Farm to School” initiative which provides farm fresh green beans and corn cobbettes to our menu. As a promotion, we have also offered pineapple pushpops, cantaloupe and star fruit. All of our high schools have reimbursable vending machines with choices such as wraps and yogurt parfaits.

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Launched in May 2012, Food Service piloted 6 Afterschool Supper Programs with great success and plan to expand the program in the 2012-2013 school year.


is looking forward to the Regional Conference in Clewiston on October 20. Charlotte County Reported by: Terri Whitacre

After a summer of vacations, feeding children at summer food service program sites and planning to implement the updated USDA meal pattern, the staff of Charlotte County’s Champ’s Cafe opened the new school year with several SNACCsponsored activities at our annual training meeting on August 3. Staff members donated school supplies, gave generously to our Dollar$ for $cholars program and had an opportunity to participate in a mini-Health Fair through Fawcett Memorial Hospital. Veteran, new and substitute staff were welcome to get their blood pressure checked, learn their BMI, gather information on health issues and chat with a health care professional about a concern they might have. President Sheila Hayes and her executive board introduced the 2012/2013 theme, “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow” and they invited all of us to participate in the exciting year of projects they had planned. Treasurer Joanne Terry, President-Elect Annette Joyce and Secretary Penny Mourer recruited new members and a record-setting 63 paid

To celebrate National School Lunch Week, the Food and Nutrition Department is sponsoring a poster contest for all students enrolled in Broward County Public Schools. The theme for this year’s contest is “School Lunch-What’s Cooking?”

Lori Nelson with Fred Taylor at the FUTP60 training camp.

The BSNA Board has been working on various fundraisers such as Rada cutlery, T-shirt sales, pans and the 50/50 Raffle Drawing. They have been planning the Holiday Party, which will be December 1; location to be announced. The board

Ready to greet our Champ’s Cafe team members at the opening all-staff meeting on August 3rd, Charlotte County’s President Sheila Hayes stands with Michele Ritter, Director of Marketing at Fawcett Memorial Hospital at a mini-Health Fair offering health screenings and information.

their local dues. Each member received a colorful lei to wear during the meeting so their colleagues would know they had joined SNACC, the School Nutrition Association of Charlotte County. The meeting concluded with our talented Network Technician Dan Leach playing the ukulele and leading us all in song. As we sang “Tiny Bubbles,” the managers blew bubbles around the room before we dismissed to launch another school year of serving healthy meals to our students.

Our first certification meeting of the year welcomed Community Relations Nurse for Peace River Hospital, Rachel Struebing, R.N., as our guest speaker. Rachel reviewed the information shared with us last year about how to serve as a health advocate, described a “hospitalist” physician and then discussed how to select a doctor. Rachel inspired us to “stand up for and stand with” a friend or loved one as a health advocate, and she reminded us that good nutrition is the first rung on the ladder of becoming well during an illness or after surgery.

Reported by: C Nancy Barclay

Hello Fellow Food Service Professionals from Miami-Dade County.

Institute participants. They showed us their appreciation by bringing gifts, having a cake made along with other types of goodies.

We hope everyone was able to get some much needed rest over the summer break so that we can come back charged up to do what we do best: feed the future. During the summer months, Miami Dade County kept busy with our Summer Feeding Program and the Summer Training Institute. Thousands of meals were served to students during the summer months by our Summer Feeding Program. Healthy dishes such as chicken salad wraps, Asian chicken wraps, coleslaw, black bean salsa, fresh fruits and vegetables were enjoyed by the students attending summer school and camp.

We added a new innovation to our Summer Feeding Program that came in by way of a gourmet food truck. As written in the July 2012 issue of Today’s Dietitian, by Juliann Schaeffer, “Innovators in School Nutrition,” ( h t t p : / / w w w. t o d a y s d i e t i t i a n . c o m / newarchives/070112p28.shtml) “working off the gourmet food truck is an idea that has been featured on TV’s Food Network” says Carol Chong, Director of Food and Menu Management for Miami Dade County Public Schools. “We expect to take the truck to various underserved neighborhoods in the county and offer the same fresh and healthful foods provided during the school year to kids on summer break. Food insecurity is all year long, and school meals are available only when school is in session. We hope to continue to provide nutritious meals to children during this time when school food programs are minimal.” We are hoping to do much more with our food truck in the upcoming months. The Summer Training Institute was also very successful in training 1,350 parttime employees on the new “Healthy Food and Beverage Guidelines.” The part-time employees learned topics such as Sanitation, HACCP, Work Safety, Customer Service, Department of Food and Nutrition Highlights, as well as the new guidelines. This was a great opportunity for both the parttime staff and their managers as they were fully trained before the beginning of school and ready to serve the students. Pictured here are Nancy Barclay and Elizabeth Brookins with two of our Summer Training

Bragging Rights

Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Department of Food and Nutrition has been named a “District of Excellence” by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) for 2011. The areas of achievement are derived by the SNA’s Key to Excellence, and include: Nutrition and nutrition education Communications and marketing Administration; and Operations

This year we introduced “The Child Nutrition Award of Excellence.” This award recognizes the schools and food service managers that excel in child nutrition. Managers that go above and beyond the call of duty to educate, participate in and promote child nutrition. The winners are as follows:

• Jolee Ferguson – Bel Aire Elementary • Sandra Soto-Saldana – R.R. Moton Elementary

• Gateway Environmental K-8 Center – Doris Bomate

• Devon Aire K-8 Center – Maritza Suarez • Paul Bell Middle – Lucia Savery

• Doral Middle – Lorraine Williams

• Miami Sunset Senior – Jacqui Biscoito

• Miami Carol City Senior – Jerome Baker

We are very proud of these managers and their schools for making a difference.

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At the September certification meeting, Charlotte County’s members, dressed for the “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow” theme, pose with guest speaker Rachel Streubing, R.N. (standing, far right) after her health advocacy presentation.

Dade County


Chapter Chatter Franklin County

Reported by: Terry Hilton

HealthierUS School Challenge Award

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On Thursday, August 23, 2012, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Under Secretary Kevin Concannon visited North Beach Elementary School to recognize Miami-Dade County Public Schools for meeting the HealthierUS School Challenge for all of our 177 elementary schools. Established in 2004, HUSSC has recognized thousands of schools across America for their efforts in improving food and beverage offerings, teaching kids about nutritious food choices and being physically active, providing opportunities for physical activity, and having supportive School Wellness policies. With 177 Bronze awards, M-DCPS has the second highest number of certified HealthierUS Schools in the nation. Superintendent Mr. Carvalho was at North Beach to receive the HUSSC Award on behalf of our elementary schools. Students at the school had a big surprise when Mr. Carvalho and Mr. Concannon served lunch in the cafeteria.


Our local association is in the process of coming up with new ideas to raise funds to send President Mrs. Evelyn Seaman and President-Elect Mrs. Karen Galloway to Tallahassee to speak on behalf of our child nutrition programs. We are entertaining such ideas as having a flea market, spaghetti dinner dine in or take out, cookie grams and a few other ideas that we will be discussing in our upcoming first meeting. Last year we were very successful with our fundraisers and this year we plan to do even more.

Terry Hilton, April Dalton, and Jennifer Anderson attended the National Conference in Denver. We met a lot of new friends all over the United States. We attended many educational sessions, heard guest speakers at the General Session, tested a lot of food at the vendor expo and attended the Puttin’ on the Glitz talent show. We were proud of our Florida preformers. We attended the Reception for our President Sandy Ford. The final event was a concert with the Beach Boys. We are proud we were able to enjoy a great experience.

Franklin County School and The Learning Center had a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program kickoff. The theme was “Pineapple Under the Sea.” A pineapple created with recycled milk cartons was the center stage attraction. A promotional bulletin board was displayed in the lunchroom for students and teachers to get pineapple information. A table with a pineapple tree displayed was for guests. The kindegarten class created fruit stencil

art, paper bag pineapples, and spongebob coloring sheet. The first grade created pineapple fish. The second grade created pineapple characters. The third grade made pineapple hats. The fouth grade decorated a pineapple banner. The fifth grade made tissue papter pineapples. The lunchroom was decorated with pinapples under the sea. The fifth grade wrote their own song and sang at kickoff. They were the hit. The Seahawk queens greeted and handed out the pineapple to all the elementary students. Each teacher took a whole pineapple to display in the classroom. The school band started the kickoff with a peppy tune. The Cheerleaders did a cheer of celebration. Student names were drawn to ask triva questions about a pineapple and they would get a pair of pineapple sunglasses. The Superintendent Ms.Nina Marks and Principal Geroge Oehlert attended the celebration. Franklin County Schools are thankful for the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program.

member who was also certified, and two are employees who have expressed interest in the association but had not joined, and another who is a current member but had let her certification lapse. The local Education Association President, Jane Lowe, addressed the group on becoming a Union member and the benefits.

Hamilton County Reported by: Ida Daniels

Hello Fellow School Association Members!


Summer has come and gone and now we are all to “Back To Work.” The year has started Fast and Furious with all the new guidelines; this promises to be a banner year! We are excited about this year and are working to increase our membership in our district.

We had a great time at this year’s Leadership Conference held in Tampa. Vice-President Betty Bell, President Sally Bristol along with Nutrition Chair Ida Daniels attended for Hamilton County. The atmosphere was awesome and we know this will be a great year!

This summer we had the opportunity to assist with a community health fair sponsored by the local health department, the SHINE organization and our association. The focus of this health fair was geared more to the seniors of our community. The vendor participation was great as well as participants. The event was held at one of our school campuses that now serve as the district office complex.

HSNA’s first chapter meeting was on September 13. The meeting theme focused on membership and certification. There are eight new potential members and all are eager to become certified. Four of the eight are new hires, one is a former

South Hamilton Elementary invited grandparents to lunch on September 10 in observance of Grandparents day. Approximately fifty grandparents came out to eat with their grandchildren. One grandfather dined with his three grandchildren who all ate at different times. His quote was “he promised each one he would eat with them so that is what he did.” Our district has changed early dismissal days to full professional development days. The session on September focused on departmental procedures, food service general safety and proper lifting. For the second session in November the focus topic is Safe Staff for all the employees.

We are looking forward to the Region II Conference scheduled for November 3rd at East Gadsden High School in Quincy, Florida. We will have first timers and new members attending. We hope all Regions have a great 2012 Seminar and school year! Hendry County Reported by: LaDonna Roberts

Our prior year ended with Upthegrove Elementary celebrating Dr. Seuss birthday March 2, 2012 with green eggs & ham on the menu. The kids were excited and participation was up that day! The kids weren’t the only one’s having fun. Food service employees Patricia & Rachel added their own flare to serving. Great job ladies! Highlands County Reported by: Dalne Kennedy

Hello my name is Dalne Kennedy and I am the incoming President for the Highlands County School Nutrition Association. Our main goal this year as an association is to re-energize our county’s current members and drastically increase our number of new members.

We held our first board meeting of the year on August 15 and began to plan out our year. Along with myself, Laura Drummond, Treasurer and Pat Chase, Secretary attended. Our plans for the year include a Bowling Party, Family Fun Night, increased participation at regional and state conferences, and sending representatives from Highlands County to the LAC. We are planning various fundraisers including a food booth at Sebring’s Centennial Boat Parade, cookie dough sales, a Holiday pie sale and a bakeware sale. We will also continue to support our local Humane Society and a nursing home in our community with donations throughout the year. Our first meeting of the year will be held September 13. School began August 20 and we have all been busy implementing our new lunch menus to meet federal guidelines. We were also lucky enough as a county to be awarded over $10,000 in the Fuel up to Play 60 program. The schools that were awarded these funds were recognized at our back to school meeting August 16.

Welcome back from Hendry County.

We are already facing a challenging year. As

That is all for now. We hope to have lots of exciting news for the Winter issue.

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Fundraising opportunities so far include: summer football camp lunches and parent night dinners. Upcoming fundraisers scheduled are homecoming bake sales, cookbook, chance drawing and chapter table at region seminar. A group of the association members will walk in the parade to show support of the district and promote the nutrition services in the district.

An article was submitted to the local newspaper inviting parents and the community out to celebrate Florida Breakfast Week. Students on the elementary level were given activities sheets to complete and return to the cafeteria staff.

everyone knows we’re hosting the Region VII Seminar this year. The date for the Region Seminar was moved up to October, which lessens our time to prepare. Our County is up for the challenge and look forward to seeing everyone and having a great time. We would like to thank Maggie Green in advance for all her hard work.


Chapter Chatter Hillsborough County Reported by: Heather Wellings

Greetings from Tampa! Our association had an exciting summer and was able to bring 7 members, including one new member, to ANC in Denver. We had a blast! We really enjoyed sight-seeing in Denver and we definitely didn’t miss the Florida humidity! We also attended Sandy Ford’s welcome reception and are excited to support Sandy and her journey as our President for SNA.

Our association will once again be working the Tampa Bay Buccaneers games as our major fundraising project. We enjoy the games, and it is a great way to earn money so our members can attend conferences each year! We are hoping to get a good group together to attend Region V Seminar at the end of October!

Hillsborough County opened ‘The GREENHOUSE’, a made-to-order salad bar in all of our high schools which has been super successful! Students are provided with a variety of salad toppings such as grilled chicken, banana peppers, fresh apple slices

Some of the Hillsborough County members in Denver at the ANC.Not pictured: SecretaryTreasurer, Merci Bingaman

and crispy wonton strips to choose from. Salads are then assembled by our nutrition employees and served as part of our school lunch. It’s a great healthy option and students love being able to create their own salad recipes! We have some high schools selling over 200 salads each day! Hope everyone has a great fall and we look forward to seeing RegionV in October! Indian River County Reported by: Susan Brenton

Greetings from Indian River County. We are in full swing in Indian River

County. Many of our schools celebrated Grandparents day last week. Pelican Island Manager Betty Doty and her staff served 87 grandparents on Monday September 10. They had special guest, Brian Augenstein, pitcher for the Devil Rays. He visited with students and grandparents. The students also had fun with puzzles and coloring sheets. Most of our schools will be promoting Florida Jump Start during September 1721, 2012. Lots of activities are planned.

We had our first association meeting at Jaycee Park on the Beach. It was a Hawaiian Luau and a Membership Drive. The members and their families enjoyed great food, the beach and great weather. The membership applications are still pouring in. President, Elaine Brege wants to win that membership challenge. Hope you all are planning to attend the Region IV conference at Viera High School on October 6. Indian River already has their Hawaiian gear ready to go. Our President has contacted most of the restaurants in the county and set it up for members and their families to eat at the restaurants and a percentage of the bill goes to the association. What a great fundraiser! We are still collecting can tabs for Ronald McDonald house in Orlando. Hopefully everyone is planning an exciting National School Lunch Week. On an important note, please DON’T FORGET TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER. Lake County

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Reported by: Mary Hatfield


So how does everyone like the changes to the meal pattern? Lake County had started many of these changes in previous years. We already switched to whole wheat and reduced fat and sugar products.

Hawaiian Luau and Membership Drive

On September 11 we had our first Association meeting at Pine Ridge Elementary--Janet Carney, Manager. We had a time of “Let’s Get Moving” with Stacy Mathis--Round Lake Elementary-leading Jazzercise. Then one of our field

techs, Kathe Eberhardt, conducted a presentation on “How’s & Why’s of the New Regulations and How to Make Them Work.” We are blessed to have Kathe reviewing all of our menu choices and making sure that they are in compliance. Cleleste Hicks, our president, is looking into new fund raisers to raise money for the scholarships given out at the end of the year. We would like to wish everyone a blessed school year. Leon County Reported by Pamela Campbell

Leon County has been busy with the start of a new school year. We have had several training events with special guest speakers to help us perform our jobs better. Our association is getting involved early to encourage employees to join our association. We have scheduled an ice cream social to explain the benefits of becoming an association member. We are very excited to announce that we now have a Facebook page – Leon County School Nutrition Assn. Check us out! Levy County Reported by: Julia Oberst

Leadership Training. Pictured left to right: Nutrition, Merial Mills. Vice President, Ophelia Keene. Membership-Certification-Chapter Chatter, Julia Oberst. President, Renee Redwine. Brenda Rolfe. Legislative, Beth Landrum. Not pictured: Secretary-Treasurer, Merci Bingaman.

Greetings from Levy County.

another agenda: RAIN. It did not deter those in attendance though. Our quickthinking and creative leaders presented alternative indoor events in lieu of the planned outdoor events. The conference, which addressed all counties in the state of Florida, provided non-stop information about what the board positions are and what they are expected to do, what to do and what not to do at your local meetings, team building exercises, and a presentation of the seven habits of effective leaders. I can honestly say we all left with some valuable knowledge to exercise in our local chapters.

Love the initiative of our crew at Chiefland Middle High School. They took hold of “Chris” and learned how and when to administer CPR. Way to be prepared to save a life! The instructor gave them each a training mannequin–aka Chris– and asked them to perform the life-saving exercises as if it was someone they dearly loved. Everyone was a bit confused when Teresa kept calling her mannequin ‘Kenny,” knowing there was no one by that name in her family. Turns out, she was reviving the one and only, Kenny Chesney. You go girl. Manatee County

Reported by: Mary Jane Cardarelle-Hermans, SNS

In July, twenty-seven Manatee County members attended the Annual National Conference in Denver, CO. We got to see speakers such as Fitness Expert, Denise Austin, Biggest Loser Champion, Ali Vincent and White House Assistant Chef, Sam Kass. There were a number of very good education sessions like Who Are These People? and Simple Solutions for Personal Wellness. The exhibit hall was very large, filled with all different vendors with samples of all different products. We also participated in “Puttin’ on the Glitz” and had a fun time doing it. Member Rusty Moore put a song together about feeding the kids in Manatee County to the tune of Margaritaville. We tied for second place. We got to cheer on our Director, Sandy Ford, as she was introduced as the new SNA President. We also attended a reception in her honor at the Hyatt in downtown

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Our summer started off with a change in leadership within our local Food Service Association. The newly appointed officers attended Leadership training on June 22 & 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida at the Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center. It is a beautiful establishment, located inland on the west coast of central Florida, so one would expect beautiful weather, except Tropical Storm Debby presented

Chiefland Middle School CPR Class

In June, Manatee County sent three members to the Leadership Conference in Tampa. We got our Leadership books and learned what we needed to do to keep our local chapter up and running. Theresa Rickrode (President-elect) and Jeff Cardarelle-Hermans (President) got some really great fundraising ideas from other counties. Sandy Ford was there to discuss what was going on with SNA at the National level.


Chapter Chatter Denver. It was on the 37th floor and had the most amazing view of the mountains. There was a beautiful display of food and everybody there seemed to have had a really nice time. The final event was a concert featuring the Beach Boys. Overall, it was an excellent ANC. Marion County

Reported by: Gisela D. Velez

Welcome back to a new school year! It’s that time of year again where we get back into the swing of making our wonderful meals for our kids.

We held our Welcome Back In-service for the 2012 - 2013 School Year at Forest High School. We had all-staff training classes including “Food Safety – HACCP” and “What’s New in Food Service - New Menu Requirements.” We also had some games such as “Meal or No Meal,” “Are you Ready for the Challenge!” and others.

Our first Association Meeting was held September 20, 2012. Marion County is hosting the Region III Conference at Forest High School, Saturday October 13, 2012. We invite all the Food Nutrition Professionals to participate in the Conference. “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow.” Martin County

Reported by: Yvonne Potsko

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Are we already this far into the school year? How time flies when you are having fun. Martin County has been busy with several projects and events this year. Here are just a few of the events we have started this school year.


The association started off the school year with a family oriented fund raiser. A family bowling event was held at the Stuart Lanes on August 11. Members and their guests enjoyed a day of bowling (lots of fun was had by those who attended). Awards were given to the bowler with the most splits as well as the bowler with the highest score. A big “Congratulations” to Darlene Doucette and JoAnn Powell. Way to bowl ladies!!!

In September, we celebrated National School Breakfast Week (NSBW). Schools promoted our program by advertising PSA’s on the morning announcements (encouraging the students to participate in our breakfast program), participation give-aways were provided, cafeterias were decorated and guests were invited. The children and school staff enjoyed the events. We hope that the education that was provided during this week as well as the excitement from our staff encouraged more students to participate. We all are aware that breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day.

October begins our “Start Your Day the Parfait Way!” promotion. Once again, the Dairy Council of Florida and General Mills are providing this promotion that encourages breakfast consumption and (of course) dairy consumption. This will be our second year participating. We look forward to the buzz this promotion will produce as well as the prizes the children will receive. Regional conference is quickly approaching (November). We are looking forward to joining our neighbors in St. Lucie County for this great conference. We will see everyone there. The holidays are knocking on our door. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Osceola County

Reported by: Sharon Torcasio

Debra Rothgeb signing up new members at the bowling fundraiser at Stuart Lanes (August 2012).

Welcome back. I hope everyone had a great summer. The new year is off to a great start. Our new menus are in place and the children are getting in line for all our fruits

and fresh vegetables. I think it is amazing that they are embracing the fresh fruits and vegetables. Who could have guessed that collard greens would be eaten as much as they were? So it goes to show, if they are offered, the children just might eat it. There will be a little tweaking to the menus in October. We are always open for a little change to keep the students interested. We have made some changes already: new positions were given to Mona Serber and Wendy Moon. Congratulations to you both and good luck with your new responsibilities Congratulations to Pam Davis who was promoted from Assistant Manager to Manager. Also Donna Meyers is the new Manager at Harmony High School-good luck at the high school, it will be a change from the elementary school. Shelby Underwook became Manager of Sunrise Elementary School and Diana Bargar is now Assistant Manager of Paths/Teco. We congratulate you all in your new positions during this year of change.

Over 500 food service employees were measured for new uniforms. We should have them by the time this is published. These uniforms will be collected each week, cleaned, pressed and delivered back to us. Sounds like it will be a big job to keep it all organized but I have faith that all will go well… looking forward to one less job that I have to do. Osceola County has a new Superintendent, Melba Luciano. She is the first Hispanic, female superintendent in the state of Florida Congratulations to Melba Luciano.

Another improvement in our kitchens is every Kitchen has a Combi Oven this year. Cooking will be much easier and faster than last year. Hopefully, that will give us more time to devote to the new meal patterns. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Region IV Seminar in Brevard County on October 6.

she is still counting. Universal breakfast + Florida School Breakfast week= more great news to come from Pinellas County in September.

Palm Beach County

Reported by: Bonnie Rawlins

Hello from Palm Beach County,

We fared well during our first storm. Our county was closed for 2 days, but with all the flooding we had a number of schools that could not open out west of town. It was nice when the sun came back out and the water dried up. Hopefully it will be our first and last storm of the season. We are off to a great start. We had our first big in-service and we gave out handouts with our local, state, and national application. We also included our dates for our four general meetings and distributed the SWAC brochure and the How to Become a Member brochure. Our president Jeanine Swick and President-Elect Edward Wells spoke about all the activities we have planned for the year and invited all to come out to our first general meeting September 22 where Bonnie Rawlins conducted a certification presentation. We are looking forward to our Region Seminar in St. Lucie County this year. We will be drawing four names to receive a free trip to the Region Seminar. It’s always a good time and lots of laughs. We send our best wishes out to all our fellow counties and hope you have a great year. Pinellas County Reported by: Louis Hyman

Pinellas County enthusiastically welcomed the 2012-2013 school year with exciting menu items, eye appealing packaging and universal no charge breakfast.

Deb Ferguson, Catherine Gerard, Peg Wilson, Lynn Geist, Sandy Ford, Corky Stern, Laurette Stern, John Hott

to school seminar. Bayside High manager Rebecca Fix and a team from the central office played host. A big thank you to our SIPs who assisted with the snacks, food items and give a ways. Lunch brought a sample of new menu items like Tortellini Alfredo, Popcorn Shrimp, Perogis, Chili Lime Chicken, Stromboli’s and cool Goldfish bread for our elementary kids. All this good-looking food is now served in crisp black service ware, eye catching red checkered trays, and carousel silverware dispensers. High schools are selling cups of calcium as frozen low-fat yogurt and middle schools introduced fruit and vegetables as frozen fruit smoothies. Donna Crews, Food Service Manager at Osceola Middle, has lead the charge with Piña Colada flavor, and rumor has it the local chant is: “carrots; sweet potatoes; baby peas; Donna says you’re gonna eat a lot of these”. September brought optimism to Membership chair MJ Houk, Food Service Manager at Boca Ciega High, as membership tallied over 470 PSNA members to date and

Saturday October 20 is our annual fundraiser, The PSNA Golf Tournament at the Chi-Chi Rodriguez golf course. If this publication gets out in enough time, and anyone is interested in playing, please contact me directly for more info. Out of town? I have two empty rooms and hospitality to share. Best wishes to all our friends at your regional seminars. Polk County Reported by: Susan Ehrhart

Polk County Schools successfully closed out another year of summer feeding. Despite logging many miles and the grueling heat, the program served over 75,000 breakfasts and nearly 140,000 lunches this year. The staff at Sleepy Hill Elementary stopped long enough for a picture. Who wouldn’t want lunch from this fun friendly staff ? Polk County Schools kicked off the new school year with a special recognition at Horizons Elementary School. The students and staff were featured in a back to school segment on WFLA Channel 8 News. As the recipient of a $4,402 Team Nutrition Go for the Challenge Healthy Schools Project Grant, Horizons Elementary will receive comprehensive technical assistance and training to encourage lifelong healthy eating habits and physical

The year officially began last May when our executive board (Corky SternPresident, Debbie Ferguson-Secretary, and Envera Zimic-Treasurer) were installed at our Annual PSNA Family Picnic.

New regulations, new food and a new distributor GFS were the topics at our back

Staff at Sleepy Hill Elementary Summer Feeding Program.

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Our delegation at Leadership Conference in Tampa came back with many creative ideas for “living today for a better tomorrow” and how to involve the rank and file. July meant Annual National Conference in Denver, led by our Director Art Dunham, and our group of 15 who came to help celebrate FSNA’s own Sandy Ford. A few of us were able to pose with her for a picture.


Chapter Chatter Santa Rosa County Reported by: Jennifer Speer

Greetings from Santa Rosa County! We had eight members from Santa Rosa County attend ANC in Denver this summer. James Speer, our President, attended the House of Delegates and had an opportunity to learn a great deal.

Horizons Elementary School Nutrition Manager, Karen Dumke and School Nutrition Supervisor, Katie Taylor.

activity among students. Students will receive nutrition lessons and incentives for participating all year long. On the day of the event, students enjoyed chicken soft tacos on whole wheat tortillas, black beans, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The smiles were endless including the School Nutrition Manager, Karen Dumke and School Nutrition Supervisor, Katie Taylor pictured here.

Our Manager Training class was held the week of August 6 through 10 and we had 11 in attendance along with one old timer who joined in. This class was led by Chris Archangel. General Assembly was held August 14 and a lot of information was passed down by our fearless Food Service Director, Leslie Bell. First day of school in Santa Rosa County was August 20, along with many great changes ranging from our new menus to computers. Our County served summer meals for both breakfast and lunch at Rhodes Elementary. Our President James Speer has many great speakers lined up this year for our local meetings, ranging from politicians, to stop smoking classes. James has followed

suit with our Regional Director Wade Hall’s initiative to conduct a fund raiser in each school to assist our fellow employees in becoming new members.

James has planned a Silver Circle tea to be held September 23, and is planning several fund raisers. Some of which our delegates that attended the Leadership Conference in Tampa learned about. Our county is looking forward to hosting our Region I Conference November 10 in the new cafeteria at Milton High School. Chris Archangel, one of our Operations Managers, was awarded a plaque for organizing and participating in the Homeless Backpack program. This program provides a healthy meal to the unaccompanied High School students of Santa Rosa County. We hope all our Sister and Brother’s in Florida have a great fall and we look forward to hearing your updates in the winter edition.

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Professional Development Day featured noted speaker, Bart Christian, from Arizona to help polish our customer service and communication skills. We are also pleased to introduce our new PSNA Officers.


Congratulations to the leadership team: President, Sandi Teti; President-Elect , Carolyn Yates; Secretary/Treasurer, Sandy Lawson; Manager’s Section Chair, Pam Holman; Assistant’s Section Chair, Norma Strickland We know that this will be an exciting year for the School Nutrition Professionals in Polk County!

Chris Archangel receives his plaque for his work with the Homeless Backpack program.

St. Lucie County

Reported by: Cheryl Fredericks

• Carole Schutt has become Credentialed; which makes her our first manager to become SNS certified. • We had the most members become certified last year due to our incentive program in our district. • Our District has been named Florida Healthy School District at the Silver Level from Florida School Health Coordinated Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids.

SLC at State Conference in Daytona 2012

Wow this School year is off and running; can’t believe it’s almost October already!

St. Lucie County has been busy adapting the new meal pattern into our schools this year. We started this past summer with our 2012 FEST which offered our food service employees training from NFSMI’s “Cooking for the New Generation.” Our Food Service staff got to cook using the recipes from our new cycle menu. Several of our managers, who are Train the Trainer certified, taught the training for our employees. We would like to welcome one of our newest members, our very own Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools, Michael Lannon. We are very excited to work with you this year, Mr. Lannon! St. Lucie Schools are moving ahead, professionally speaking; here’s what we’ve accomplished in the past 6 months:

• Action for Healthy Kids awarded two of our schools: FK Sweet Magnet and St. Lucie West Centennial High School. • We trained the largest amount of members as “Train the Trainer” certified in the state of Florida. On November 3, 2012 we will be hosting our Region VI Conference. We have been busy making plans and finding business partners to help us provide a memorable experience for our members. Hope to see you there! Suwannee County Reported by: Pat Pell

Hello from Suwannee County. We had a slow start for our association since the changes in the meal plan took all of our energy but, as usual, the food service department went off without a hitch.

We started our newest fundraiser which is a Walmart gift card and so far so good. We are working on our budget and plans for a great year.

I also attended their first association meeting and I am looking forward to our first meeting as well. I myself will be enjoying a 10 day trip to Poland beginning September 17. Good bye for now.

Volusia County

Reported by: Winnie Crockrell

Volusia County is gearing up for a fun and exciting year. We have a new President of VSNA, Teresa Azevedo. We held a membership/certification party in September for our members. We will be having a contest for membership. For the person who brings in the most members from September 1 to October 1, our association will pay for that person’s membership dues this year (National, State, and Local).

In October we will be having a fun and interesting meeting learning about the House of Representatives, and the Senate (how your state house runs, just in time for elections). We will add a little twist to make it even more fun with Master Chef teams where our local chapter board (House of Volusia) will choose the best dish. We will also have our annual Canned Food Drive again this year in October. And right on its heels, many of our school are planning for events and activities for National School Lunch Week. We have many members planning now to enter awards for our State Conference. We hope to see many award winners at this year’s FSNA Conference. We will be planning more fun and exciting events throughout the year. One of our community events this year will be to support “Relay for Life” as we have a few members and family members who have various types of cancer and we support them 100%! We were also very proud to have our association represented at National Conference in Denver, Colorado. We had 5 of our members attend, and one of them spoke as well for 2 sessions. That was our very own Valerie Hansen, one of our Area Coordinators. Teresa Azevedo our VSNA President for this year was recognized at National Conference for winning the Louise Sublett Award for our State. Go Team Volusia!

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Carole Schutt with Zenia Ventura and Jaime Marshall from the Florida Dairy Council.

Our director has become a national member and is very supportive of the association. Fran Gilbert and I went to an opening of school meeting at Bronson and talked a few more people into joining the state and national association.


Recruit 5 or more new SNA members and be entered to win* a Grand Prize Trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands

BONUS–You will be also eligible to win 1 of 7 registrations to SNA’s ANC 2014 in Boston!

SNA Membership One Voice for School Nutrition

Let’s all be fans of school meals!! Contributed by JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS

I bet you have seen these – those advertisements and links out there to get you to hit the like button, or to become a fan of some entity or another. Some sites have the “+1” button on them – meaning we want you to increase our popularity and fan base by clicking here – adding JUST ONE MORE fan. The social networking sites have figured out the power of JUST ONE MORE. It creates a synergy of its own, as your JUST ONE MORE encourages someone else to become JUST ONE MORE, and then two people see that you AND your friend liked something, and the next thing you know, the fan base has grown exponentially! I have also noticed that this works in real life, not just on the internet. And, I have also noticed that it works just as well – maybe even better, in reverse. If just one person dislikes something, and complains about it, someone else will. The next thing you know, the subject becomes fair game for an allout bashing.

Let’s try to keep in mind how much power we have when we add JUST ONE MORE voice to any issue. If it is something you either do or don’t believe in, and you have to be the basher or the supporter, go for it; you have the right and obligation to stand up for your beliefs! But if you are just bashing something because everyone else is, step back and think whether or not you want to use your power in this way! Times are tough for schools right now; and times are really challenging for school meals. Both can use all the fans and friends they can get! You don’t have to be connected to the internet to do this; heck, you don’t even have to have a computer. You just have to think before you talk and act. Can you be JUST ONE MORE fan of school meal programs, please? Contributed by JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS. Owner of America’s Meal, a company delivering training and inspiration to child nutrition programs and Associations across the country.

Visit AMERICASMEAL.COM for more info on “Meal or No Meal” and other training sessions.

(as of September 19, 2012)

Wilise Langford

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2012 SNA Annual National Conference This year’s national conference was well attended by Florida members, there where approximately 150 FSNA members enjoying great educational sessions, discovering new products in the exhibit hall, participating in “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” and honoring Sandra (Sandy) Ford as the 2012-2013 SNA President.

Members of the Florida School Nutrition Association who were able to make it for the photo opportunity at this year’s School Nutrition Association (SNA) Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado

The FSNA team executed a moving performance that brought the crowd to tears. The skit centered on a song titled “We Make a Difference,” and included portions presented in sign language.

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(left to right) Beverly Girard, Sandy Ford, and Mary Kate Harrison


FSNA members from Manatee County with SNA President, Sandy Ford.

On Wednesday evening, the Florida SNA and Kansas SNA hosted a reception celebrating the installation of FSNA member, Sandy Ford, as the new SNA President. The adeptly titled reception “Sand Dollars & Sunflowers,” highlighted Sandy’s professional career that began in the state of Kansas (Sunflowers) and her current career in Manatee County, Florida (Sand Dollars).

The reception included SFS and Industry Partners from both states, who enjoyed Florida conch fritters and shrimp skewers and Kansas-style bbq pork sliders. The reception was made possible by the generous donations of the sponsors listed on page 33. Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees for celebrating Sandy Ford at this wonderful event!


Broward County SNA Cathy Reed, SNS DeSoto County SNA Good Harbor Fillet Co., Inc. Hillsborough County SNA JAFB Inc. Ken’s Foods Maria Eunice Tabatchnick


Cargill ConAgra Foods Dessert Innovations FSNA Region V ISB Interbev, Inc. J.R. Simplot Los Cabos Mexican Foods Pinellas County SNA Polk County SNA SNA of Pasco, Inc.


AdvancePierre AFM Café Favorites Dick & Jane Baking Company Eaton Marketing Associates Father’s Table Gold Kist Gordon Food Service Hopco Food Service, Inc. J&J Snack Foods J.T.M. Provisions Co, Inc. Jennie O Turkey Store JM Smuckers KeyImpact Sales & Systems M&B Products Manatee SNA Mrs. T’s Perogies Portion Pac Schwan Food Service Tasty Brands Tyson K-12 US Foods


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American Foods Group Asian Food Solutions Bridgford Food Service Clark Associates Country Pure Foods Coastal Sales and Marketing Dannon Franklin County SNA Hamilton County SNA Horizon Software Lamb Weston Osceola County SNA Pero Family Farms Rich’s Products Corporation Ridgefield’s Brand Corp. Santa Rosa County SNA Sarasota County SNA


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Member Spotlight on Patricia Johnson By: Mary Jane Cardarelle-Hermans, SNS, FSNA Employee/Manager Section Chair

Have you ever thought about going back to school? Member, Patricia Johnson did and at age 59½ she returned to college and obtained an AS degree in Restaurant Management. She is now 66 years old and the winner of last year’s FSNA Upper Division Undergraduate Scholarship. This is what Patricia has to say to all FSNA members wishing to further their education, “Go for it!! Dream big and pursue it, because help is available. Education is something no one can take from you. Knowledge is Power.”

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Patricia did not grow up in Florida. She is originally from the largest city and capital of Jamaica, Kingston. She moved from Jamaica to New York in 1974. She spent 27 years in New York and then relocated to Florida in 2001. She has not always worked in food service. While in New York, she worked in the medical field for 18½ years. Then, after relocating to Florida, she spent 1 year at a medical supply company and 2 years managing a Podiatrist office. After the doctor she worked for passed away, Patricia decided to return to college.


Patricia is the mother of 4 grown children (2 boys and 2 girls) and the grandmother of 12 grandchildren. She chose to make school food service her profession because she loves to cook and has a passion for children, nutrition, and helping others to achieve their goals and dreams. Being in a school is a great fit. Patricia joined St. Lucie County Schools in 2007 and by the 2008-2009 School Year, she had graduated from the management intern program and became Level 3 Certified.

Cheryl Fredericks (Patricia’s Supervisor) had this to say about her, “Patricia is a very organized team player. She is very thoughtful and resourceful. She has a pleasant, positive attitude and an “eye” for detail. She shows a genuine concern for our students’ wellbeing and she constantly promotes good eating habits.” It was Cheryl who inspired Patricia to get involved in the School Nutrition Association in St. Lucie County. She was President-Elect for the 2008-2009 term and President for 2009-2010 term (winning the gold award). According to Cheryl, she did a fantastic job in these roles. When I asked Patricia what she did to stay healthy she said, “I eat right, no fast foods or sodas. I drink lots of fresh fruit and vegetable juices and I also exercise, walking mostly on the beach early Saturday mornings. When I am not working, I try to read a good book. Gardening is a favorite hobby of mine. Helping someone every day is also something I do.” Finally, when I asked Patricia what was one thing on her bucket list she answered, “To establish a feeding place for hungry people, children, veterans and the poor.” Considering “The Prayer of Jabez” is her favorite book and Joyce Meyer is someone she admires, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she pulls this off !!

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School Food (Fall 2012)  

A publication of the Florida School Nutrition Association.

School Food (Fall 2012)  

A publication of the Florida School Nutrition Association.