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Grant Awarded to RSU 14 by Pinnacle Food Services at the 2015 Maine SNA Fall Conference

RSU13 School Nutrition Director Wins State Recognition

 Charles Butler Director of the Year 2015

Rockland April 7, 2015 – The non-profit Maine School Nutrition Association has awarded Charles Butler, Director of School Nutrition the Director of the Year Award. This statewide achievement recognizes the extraordinary contributions of school nutrition directors who manage effective school meal programs that provide healthy, appetizing meals to students.

 Charles Butler RSU13

President-Capital Area Purchasing Group
Board Member-Maine School Nutrition Association
ServSafe Instructor- National Restaurant Association
School Nutrition Specialist- School Nutrition Association
Fmr Certified Executive Chef-American Culinary Federation

 Charles is better serving his students with his implementation of the SPICES program (Students Participating in the Creation of an Exceptional School lunch). Initially promoted for his middle school and now endorsed throughout his district, this program is designed to interact directly with students for the purpose of adapting school lunch to the student’s needs and preferences.  It also provides education and resources for students to understand National School Lunch Program (NSLP) regulations and best practices.  Through his hard work, RSU13 secured the Harvard Pilgrim Grant through 5210.  Charles uses materials that are colorful and professionally presented to empower students to taste new foods. 

 “School nutrition directors are responsible for planning well-balanced meals that appeal to student tastes, while facing the challenges of tight budgets and complex nutrition and food safety standards,” said Betty Hayes, President of the Maine School Nutrition Association. “Charles’s superior accomplishments in the school nutrition arena illustrate his exceptional leadership and tremendous dedication to RSU13 students.”

 The Director of the Year Award was created to recognize school nutrition directors who exhibit an extraordinary commitment to their school meal programs. The directors are responsible for maintaining the quality of the program through student interaction, menu planning and a commitment to serving nutritious, tasty and well-balanced school meals. Through effective oversight of all aspects of foodservice operations, including staffing, training, marketing and community outreach, school nutrition directors ensure the overall success of school meal programs.

 Charles will be honored in August at the MSNA annual conference in Bangor.  As Maine’s representative, he will also be considered for the national School Nutrition Association’s Director of the Year Award.


Betty Hayes                                                               
President MSNA
Director RSU16                                                      
207-998-5400 X 107

Portland Public Schools Nutrition Manager Wins State Recognition

 Nancy McAdam Manager of the Year 2015

Portland, Maine March 30, 2015 – The non-profit Maine School Nutrition Association has awarded Nancy McAdam from Portland Public Schools the Manager of the Year Award, considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn. The award recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.

 Nancy has twenty two years of service to the Portland Public Schools. As a young Mom she started working in the café part time for 2 hours a day. In SY 2000 Nancy became the Manager of Portland Public Schools. She identifies one of her greatest accomplishments as transitioning from manual data entry meal sales to POS sales. This ensured the privacy of student eligibility and fostered a greater level of trust between students and the nutrition department. Nancy’s other great accomplishment was implementing Offer Verses Serve to increase participation and customer satisfaction.

 “Dedicated cafeteria managers work tirelessly to implement projects and support initiatives to ensure students have access to healthy meals and to improve their dining experience,” said Betty Hayes, President of the Maine School Nutrition Association.

 “Nancy McAdam exemplifies excellence in school foodservice, going above and beyond to enhance the Portland Public Schools community.”

 The Manager of the Year Award is in honor of Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition in her state and in the national School Nutrition Association. During her 43 years in the profession, Sublette worked in many areas of foodservice—public schools, colleges, hospitals and elderly feeding programs. Sublette dedicated her career to honoring school nutrition professionals and ensuring those who work in school cafeterias have access to professional development opportunities, empowering them to help their school meal programs flourish. 

 Nancy will be honored at the Banquet during our Annual MSNA Conference, August 2015 in Bangor. As the winner from the state of Maine, Nancy will also be considered for the national School Nutrition Association’s Manager of the Year Award.

Betty Hayes
President MSNA
Director School Nutrition
1457 Maine Street
Poland, ME 04274
207-998-5400 X 107

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