Southern Tier Area SOUTHERN TIER Area News
LETTERS OF Gratitude
BY DEBRA DONLEAVY SOUTHEAST AREA DIRECTOR
BY PATRICKWALSH, SNS SOUTHERN TIER AREA DIRECTOR With the holidays behind us and the warm days of spring ahead, I wanted to thank our group of dedicated school nutrition professionals who have worked through the unprecedented year of 2021. We have overcome a lot of obstacles and continue to strive for greatness in our field for our districts and students. It has been my pleasure to work with a terrific group of people who never cease to amaze me with their generosity for our region and community. I was able to witness this firsthand with our community partners holiday giving boxes. In partnership with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, CHOW, Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County, and the Broome County Regional Farmers Market, we organized and packed 180 holiday meal boxes for local families. The boxes included locally sourced foods and delicious recipes. One of our local school districts was able to raise the funds to support 30 families for this give away. Lori Wheeler, the School Nutrition Manager at Deposit Central School District worked with her staff and district to fundraise the money necessary to make this happen. This is so inspiring, and I tip my cap and say thank you to all of them! I also would like to give a nod to our latest Golden Spoon Award winner Terri McMahon who has shown dedication to the students that she serves at Binghamton High School. The Golden Spoon Award winners are recognized for going above and beyond in the Broome-Tioga BOCES School Nutrition Programs. While taking on the role of running breakfast and a third of the lunch at Binghamton High School, Terri has shown her dedication for quality by batch cooking all the lunch items she is responsible for in addition to adding new products to the daily menu. Terri has maintained a positive attitude and has influenced others to do the same! Terri works hard to make the dining experience at Binghamton the best that she is able. She set goals and standards for excellence daily. Thank you to Terri and congratulations on a well-deserve award!
Patrick Walsh has been working in food service for over 20 years. Patrick is currently a School Lunch Director for Broome Tioga BOCES. He started his career in school lunch 13 years ago. He has enjoyed learning and growing with the recent changes of the last several years. Patrick enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family as much as he can! PATRICK WALSH, SNS • Southern Tier Area Director
Debra Donleavy is the Director of Food Service for the Enlarged City School District of Middletown. Debra is currently the 4th generation in her family to work in school food service. When she isn’t running around with her 6 grandkids she is taking care of her 30 chickens and 30,000 honeybees! DEBRA DONLEAVY • Southeast Area Director
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