Heart of the Program Award


The Heart of the Program Award is designed to recognize the valuable program contributions of school nutrition employees who work with their manager in daily operations in preparing and serving appetizing and nutritious meals to children. School Nutrition and Child Care Employee staff members, excluding managers, may be nominated to win this award. Self-nominations will not be considered.

Employees influence the quality of school nutrition programs with customer service, interest in young people, cooperation, work attendance, creativity, participation in professional growth and training and their willingness to “Go The Extra Mile” when necessary. These qualities are used to evaluate the Heart of the Program Award entries.

2013 national winner Dawn Lehmann (second from left) being recognized at ANC.

General Qualifications

Only one person per school may be nominated for the state competition. The nominee must be throughout the entire nomination and selection process:

  • an SNA member in the School Nutrition or Child Care Employee category
  • SNA certified
  • Employed in a school foodservice or childcare nutrition program


To nominate a school nutrition employee for the Heart of the Program Award, you must submit:

Award nomination and application forms are due by March 1, 2014 to your state association. Click here to find out where to send your form.


State, regional and national winners are recognized during the State Awards Ceremony at SNA’s Annual National Conference. State winners receive a red heart-shaped pin, a certificate, and a ribbon. Regional winners receive a blue heart-shaped pin, a framed certificate, and a rosette. The national winner receives a gold heart-shaped pin, a plaque, a rosette and 1-year complimentary state and national SNA membership. The national winner also receives a complimentary registration to the current year’s ANC.

For complete guidelines and instructions to apply for this award, click here.

For complete guidelines and instructions for judging this award, click here.

To view a sample national award winning entry, click here.

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