School Nutrition: It Takes Support

Working with State and National School Nutrition Associations

Alabama school nutrition show

With every state conference and exhibit it’s all about support. All of the state associations run with varying degrees of staff, depending on the support they get. One major factor is industry support. These are the companies that buy space at annual exhibits to show food products, kitchen equipment, software and other technology that could easily help each kitchen run more efficiently. Winston Foodservice is proud to be a sponsoring vendor.

Typically, each state tries to mix things up to get the best out of what is likely their biggest support event of the year.

Most of the time the conference culminates with an awards banquet. This year it was exceptional…particularly for me.

I work with a School Nutrition Foundation committee assigned to interviewing School Nutrition Heroes. These are people who not only perform in their jobs, but actually work in the program. They go above and beyond, sometimes with difficult odds and outcomes to help super serve their communities. These people are honored each year along with a new group of five at School Nutrition’s Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

Alabama is one of only two states that has two heroes. 2013’s Karen Watson from Sylacauga City Schools (left) and 2016’s Samantha Ingram from Geneva County Schools (right).

No doubt I have gotten as much from the experience as they have, just by knowing them and seeing the things they’ve accomplished. It really is all about support. The membership, the state associations, the vendors, superintendents, principals, PTA, and on and on. A lot of effort from a lot of different places. But I can tell you, in my experience, the reward is awesome.

school nutrition pros gather
school nutrition pre show
school nutrition heros