Amy Rouse named Alaska and SNA Northwest Region Director of the Year; Michele Powers, Alaska Manager of the Year

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Amy Rouse named Alaska and SNA Northwest Region Director of the Year; Michele Powers, Alaska Manager of the Year

FAIRBANKS, AK – MAY 26, 2020 – The Alaska School Nutrition Association congratulates Amy Rouse, the Alaska and Northwest Regional Director of the Year, and Michele Powers, Alaska Manager of the Year.

Rouse is the Nutrition Services Director in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District; Powers is the Operations Supervisor in the Anchorage School District.

As the director for the past 13 years, Rouse has used her social media and marketing savvy to inform the community and successfully promote her school meal program. One of the first in Alaska to initiate online free and reduced-price meal applications, Rouse incorporated interactive online menus and electronic production records. She has also supported other districts and the state agency in their move to electronic data systems. Rouse also maintains an engaging social media presence – highlighting program operations, nutrition services staff, holidays, celebrations, promotional events and new program initiatives. Social media plays a big part in sharing news about national and local celebrations, such as National School Lunch Week, National School Breakfast Week, African-American History Month, Alaska Grown Menus, taste tests and guest servers. Keeping her students engaged and excited, Rouse also holds student surveys for new menu items.

She believes in providing educational and training programs for her staff, encouraging her primary managerial staff to participate in state association networking and training opportunities. Professional standards are important to Rouse, who maintains a very structured staff training program during teacher in-service days. More than half of her sites have been awarded with the State of Alaska Food Safety Excellence (SAFE) food safety recognition program this year.

About SNA Awards

NA celebrates members who work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success. The Director of the Year award recognizes school nutrition directors for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career; the Manager of the Year award, in honor of Louise Sublette recognizes school nutrition managers for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Tatiana Wilson Receives 2020 AKSNA High School Graduation Award

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Tatiana Wilson Receives 2020 AKSNA High School Graduation Award

KING SALMON, AK – MAY 19, 2020 – The Alaska School Nutrition Association congratulates Tatiana Wilson, the 2020 AKSNA High School Graduation Award Program recipient.

Wilson graduated May 9, 2020 from Bristol Bay Borough School in King Salmon, AK and plans to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Wilson is the daughter of Theresa Wilson, an AKSNA member and employee of the Lake and Peninsula School District.

Wilson wrote of two inspirational school nutrition professionals in her life, “These two women have shown me so much and are a real inspiration. They have shown me that even small gestures can brighten up someone else’s day. They have also shown me that even while struggling with your own problems you can take time out and show love and compassion for other people. I hope to be a strong and compassionate woman like these two women.”

About the AKSNA High School Graduation Program

The AKSNA High School Graduation Program was founded in the 2019-2020 school year to provide a one-time financial gift to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing postsecondary education.  To be eligible, applicants must be a dependent of an active AKSNA member, receive a high school diploma or GED certificate, and be enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution.  Applicants must submit a short essay on food insecurity, school meal programs, or an inspirational food service worker.

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

School or No School, Alaska’s School Nutrition Heroes Feed Children Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

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School or No School, Alaska’s School Nutrition Heroes Feed Children Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

ANCHORAGE, AK – APRIL 30, 2020 – The Alaska School Nutrition Association celebrates School Lunch Hero Day Friday, May 1, 2020.  During a normal school day, Alaska’s School Lunch Heroes serve approximately 50,000 healthy and delicious lunches to school children across Alaska supporting child nutrition and learning. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption for people around the globe.  Our School Lunch Heroes have stepped up and out from the cafeterias, dawning face masks and disinfectant bottles to fight hunger from school busses and parking lots throughout the Great State of Alaska.

Thanks to our dedicated School Lunch Heroes, Alaskan children continue to have access to school lunches and breakfasts that are a vital nutrient-dense food source.  Federal nutrition standards ensure that schools offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.

Please join the Alaska School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Association in celebrating School Lunch Hero Day and recognizing our community’s heroes.  For more information, visit www.schoollunchheroday.com or contact your local School District’s School Nutrition Program.

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Alaska School Nutrition Association to Lobby Congress in Support of School Meals

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Alaska School Nutrition Association to Lobby Congress in Support of School Meals

BETHEL, AK – MARCH 7, 2020 – Next week, Marybeth Whalen will represent Alaska’s School Nutrition Professionals in Washington, D.C.  Each school day, School Nutrition Professionals serve approximately 50,000 lunches and 26,000 breakfasts in support of child nutrition and education in the great state of Alaska.

Whalen will participate in School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 48th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). During the conference (March 8 – 10), Whalen will join approximately 900 peers from across the country in urging Congress to increase student access to healthy school meals and support efforts to simplify child nutrition programs.

LAC’s “Charge to the Hill” will allow Alaska’s Congressional Delegation to understand Alaska’s needs and opportunities to support child nutrition programs.  Whalen is scheduled to meet with each of Alaska’s delegates or a member of their staff:

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Senator Dan Sullivan, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Representative Don Young, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

(All times Eastern Daylight Time)

Whalen will discuss the importance of school meal programs and provide insights on school meal program trends, successes and challenges.  Attendees will also share SNA’s 2020 Position Paper, which calls on Congress to eliminate the co-pay for students who are eligible for reduced price meals, allow all states to use Medicaid data to automatically certify eligible students for free and reduced price meals, and develop guidance on ensuring students have adequate time to eat healthy school meals.

SNA’s 2020 Position Paper also addresses the importance of providing flexibility in school menu planning as well as streamlining overly complex child nutrition programs.  USDA’s current and proposed rules to simplify menu planning ensure students continue to receive healthy meals at school, exposing them to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/LAC.

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Alaskan Schools Encourage Students to Eat Nutritious “Out of This World” Breakfast

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Alaskan Schools Encourage Students to Eat Nutritious “Out of This World” Breakfast

Anchorage, AK  – Feburary 28, 2020 – To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Alaska’s school districts will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 2-6, 2020.

Each day, 26,000 students across this great state of Alaska enjoy a nutritious school breakfast.  School breakfast provide students a tasty, nutritious source of energy for a successful learning experience.  Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert
  • Maintain a healthy weight

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Out of This World,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 2-6 as districts celebrates with special menus, cafeteria events, and more.

The “Out of This World” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®.

Contact your local School District to learn more about NSBW activities and menus.

Parents and students can follow the fun on www.Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW20.  To learn more about NSBW, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.  

About National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975. 

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Elizabeth “Libby” Edelman Recognized with 2020 Dean Hamburg Award for Commitment and Dedication to Alaska School Nutrition

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Elizabeth “Libby” Edelman Recognized with 2020 Dean Hamburg Award for Commitment and Dedication to Alaska School Nutrition

Anchorage, AK – Februrary 5, 2020 – Elizabeth “Libby” Edelman of Valdez, AK was recognized at the 52nd Annual Alaska School Nutrition Association (AKSNA) Conference with the Dean Hamburg Award.  Edelman is the third recipient of the award which recognizes commitment and dedication to school nutrition.

Also recognized at the Annual Conference, Walter Williams of Dillingham, AK, and Tanya Dube of Anchorage, AK, with the President’s Award recognizing their service to the AKSNA Board

Adrianne Schwartz of Juneau, AK was also recognized with the President’s Award; Schwartz was the 2019 Alaska and Northwest Regional School Nutrition Association (SNA) Director of the Year.

School Nutrition professionals across the Great State of Alaska serve 76,000 nutritious school breakfasts and lunches to energize Alaskan students each school day.  Nutrition professionals such as Edelman, Williams, Dube, and Schwartz are committed to supporting Alaska’s education system and fighting childhood hunger.

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946

Winter 2019 Mush On News

Winter 2019 Mush On News

In this issue

  • A Note from the State Association President
  • AKSNA 52nd Annual Conference
    • Key Note Speaker: Chef Garrett Berdan
    • Apron Auction
    • Online Registration
    • Agenda
  • Get Connected with AKSNA Membership
  • 2020 SNA Election
  • Giving Tuesday
  • Alaska STAR (Strategies, Training, Action Plans, Resources)
  • State Agency Update
  • You Asked, We Answered, from SN Magazine Editors

Alaska School Districts Celebrate National School Lunch Week

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Alaskan School Districts Celebrate National School Lunch Week

Anchorage, AK – October 13, 2019 – To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving 30 million children each day, Alaskan schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week (NSLW) from October 14-18, 2019. The theme, “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist,” spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up healthy menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization.

School Nutrition professionals across the great state of Alaska serve nutritious lunches to more than 50,000 children each day.  Many Alaskan schools will join schools around the nation celebrating NSLW, with fun activities and events to promote healthy school lunches.  Students and parents are encouraged to check with tehir local School District’s web site or school to find out what activities are being hosted in their schools for NSLW.

The “School Lunch Playlist” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW19, #SchoolLunchPlaylist and #SchoolLunch. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

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