Fresh Bites Spring Edition 2022

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Awards & Scholarships


NYSNA Celebrates our

Credentialed Members


Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship Due by May 1st Memorial T t Fund Scholarship D U E B Y M A Y 3 1 s t

Meet the academic, key area, and work experience requirements to apply to take the SNS Credentialing Exam (see back for details) Theresa Hopper, SNS Jean Jordan-Ecker, SNS Regan Kiembock, SNS Caitlin Lazarski, SNS T acie Middleton, SNS Bridget O’Brien-Wood, SNS Craig Orvis, SNS Lisa Ostrowski, SNS Dawn Parsons, SNS Choose a date to take the SNS Credentialing Exam from the list of available exam dates and locations Brenda Patrzalek, SNS Julie Raway, SNS Christian Renken, SNS Colleen Rielly, SNS Michelle Rosenthal, SNS Submit completed application and college transcripts / diploma to SNA 2. 3. Aligned with USDA Professional Standards

® Florence Selin, SNS Janet Sklar, SNS Lisa Spivak, SNS Scott Stowell, SNS Margaret Sullivan, SNS Geraldo Torres, SNS Sue Watrous, SNS Jessica West, SNS Jason Whipple, SNS Craig Whitcomb, SNS William Whitcomb, SNS Brian Wright, SNS Lisa Zdenek, SNS Norma Zeller, SNS

SNA’s Credentialing Program

Jo Ann Ackerman, SNS Tami Augugliaro, SNS Susan Beaudry, SNS Debbi Beauvais, SNS Mark Bordeau, SNS Karen Bronson-Clark, SNS Dana Burton, SNS Sandra Cocca, SNS Ruth Conner, SNS Gregory Elliott, SNS Kathleen Garrant, SNS Renee Hanks, SNS Rosemarie Hanson, SNS Mark Hicks, SNS

New York School Nutrition Association Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship award s are made available each year to applicants who are active members of the NYSNA. The purpose of this scholarship is to help defray the cost of improving the recipient's present job performance or career status in school food service. Whether in the early years of a promising career or a more tenured position, ongoing professional development is necessary to hone skills and maintain cutting edge creativity. Everyone benefits from advanced training and development opportunities. Yet, not everyone works for a district that can afford to fund certification opportunities for their employees. The scholarship award may be used for graduate or undergraduate courses. The recipient need not be working toward a degree. The award may be used for local non-credit secondary or adult education courses. The Awards and Scholarship Committee may also approve the use of the awards to attend training workshops and/or courses designed to enhance the recipient's current job knowledge or facilitate their advancement in School Food Service. The scholarship may also be granted for professional accreditation within NYSNA member industries, such as but not limited to, the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS). The number of scholarships awarded will be dependent on the scholarship fund balance and number of applicants each year. Applicants for awards will be judged based on time in the industry, association involvement, and financial need. A point system will be in place to judge the application’s awarding. To ensure maximum membership participation in the program, each NYSNA member will be eligible to receive up to $2500 in scholarship awards throughout the lifetime of the program. Awards are determined by the end of May and acknowledged at the Annual Conference of the Association. Forms and all necessary paperwork required for receipt of the scholarship monies must be completed and received by Headquarters by October 1st of that year in order for the transfer of money to be completed within the current Association fiscal year which ends October 31. The award may be used for registration fees, course materials, transportation and personal expenses incurred in connection with the program. Checks will be drawn to the individual or the institution. Recipients will be asked to complete a voucher and submit receipts.


Why become a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS)? The SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects what it takes to run a successful school nutrition program in today’s challenging climate. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs. The SNS Exam is based on four key areas that are the basis for USDA Professional Standards and SNA’s professional development programming.


Q Provides formal recognition of professional achievement in the four key areas of USDA Professional Standards Q Increases knowledge and skills to manage a complex foodservice program Q Enhances career opportunity Q Improves credibility with peers, school district administrators and the general public



How do I get SNS Credentialed?

M ust be c urrent NYSNA members in good standing. Applicants are judged based on association involvement and demonstrated leadership ability. Applicants should indicate professional, organizational, or departmental need. APPLICATION PROCESS Scholarships shall be awarded once a year. Applications are due by May 1st each year. A letter of support from your immediate supervisor is required. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. SELECTION APPLICATION PROCESS Applications shall be reviewed by the Awards and Scholarship Committee and determined by the end of May.



Pass the SNS Credentialing Exam

“[The SNS Credential] shows to my colleagues my commitment to continuing education in my field, so that I can be that trusted expert to turn to.” —Jeremy West, CDM, SNS, Nutrition Services Director, Greeley-Evans School District 6, Greeley, CO

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