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Haywood County (Tenn.) Schools Nutrition Services Recognized as Grant Winner

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Erik Peterson
703-739-3900, ext. 124

School Nutrition Foundation and Winston Industries Announce Annual Equipment Grant Winner

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (January 21, 2009) – Haywood County Schools Nutrition Services in Brownsville, Tennessee, was selected to receive the 2008 School Nutrition Foundation’ Winston Industries Equipment Award.  The award of ten pieces of top quality commercial kitchen equipment will be utilized in the school kitchens of Haywood Elementary, East Side Elementary and Sunny Hill School – all 2005 recipients of the Healthier US School Challenge Sliver Award for the US Department of Agriculture. The kitchens will receive quality commercial kitchen equipment including Holding Cabinets, Holding Drawers and a Steamer from Winston Industries, Inc. - a leading foodservice equipment manufacturer located in Louisville, Kentucky.
SteamerSchool nutrition director Alison Pyron applied for the Equipment Award for Haywood Schools to replace outdated operational equipment that is a barrier to meeting the school nutrition services department mission. “Our school system has equipment installed that has been utilized for over 30 years. While we have a very reliable maintenance staff, and the cafeteria staff is extremely conscientious in the utilization of this equipment, the sad thing eventually breaks down. As equipment ages, our staff is hindered by repairs that will only increase as time goes by. This affects meal planning and production as well as student participation,” wrote Pyron in her grant application. “Newer equipment will provide options for preparation and service of meals that currently don’t exist. With these options comes a renewed level of interest from the student body as a whole. New foods, new serving options, new preparation techniques…this can only lead to new levels of student excitement.”
As school nutrition programs nationwide provide healthy school breakfasts and lunches to students at a national average of less than $2.06 per balanced meal, costs to upgrade and replace kitchen equipment are often difficult to cover. While federal assistance used to be available for the purchase and maintenance of school kitchen equipment, this program was eliminated due to budget cuts in the early 1980’s. Many school nutrition programs have been unable to replace or upgrade equipment since the termination of that assistance program.

For these reasons, the School Nutrition Foundation’ Winston Industries Equipment Award was created in 2007 to assist school nutrition programs to secure the equipment they need to continue to offer quality, nutritious meals.  "With the trend towards more fruits and vegetables, whole grain items and low fat dairy in schools, the need for modern kitchen equipment becomes even greater. The School Nutrition Foundation is proud to work with Winston Industries to make this much needed Equipment Award possible to Haywood Schools," said SNF President Mary Hill, SNS.  

“With the assistance of the School Nutrition Foundation we feel we have identified a very real economic situation and need in school foodservice.  This type of assistance is going to provide Haywood County Schools the opportunity to make a great nutritional impact on their community and serve students quicker and more efficiently. Winston Industries is delighted to be able to offer this support,” said Jill Conklin, Director of National School Accounts for Winston Industries. “The Schools will be able to take another step in providing nutritious meals and a nurturing environment where children can grow and learn.”

Haywood County Schools Nutrition Services Department will receive the ten pieces of new kitchen equipment this spring.  Plans are currently underway to offer the School Nutrition Foundation’ Winston Industries Equipment Award again next summer.
About the School Nutrition Foundation
The School Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA.) The Foundation’s commitment to the child nutrition community is integral to implementing positive change in school meals and, ultimately, to the health of school children. SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.

About Winston Industries
Winston Industries, LLC is an international manufacturer and distributor of foodservice equipment. Founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1969, the company manufacturers Collectramatic® and CVap foodservice equipment. Additional information about Winston Industries is available at

Marshall Matz to Receive 2009 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Alberghine
Global Child Nutrition Foundation
(703) 739-3900, ext. 126

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (January 6, 2009) – The 2009 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition will be awarded to Mr. Marshall Matz, a leader, advocate and attorney who has spent the last 38 years pursuing a wide range of solutions to childhood hunger in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Matz , Founding Chairman of the Friends of the World Food Programme and Partner at Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Bode, Matz, PC, Attorneys at Law in Washington, D.C., will be honored as a champion of child nutrition at the 6th annual A Possible Dream Gala on March 3, 2009, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.  Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, and Ed Cooney, Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center, will be Honorary Chairs for the event.

Mr. Matz has spent his professional career raising awareness and seeking policy solutions to the causes of hunger. In the U.S., he has played an instrumental role in helping to craft five child nutrition reauthorization bills, with a focus on increasing access to school meals for all children. Internationally, through his involvement with the Friends of the World Food Programme, he has worked tirelessly to increase the organizational capacity of FWFP, particularly with regard to efforts that result in successful school feeding operations in Africa and elsewhere.

His work began with South Dakota Legal Services in the early 1970’s and progressed quickly to the halls of Congress where he first served as General Counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs under then Chairman Senator George McGovern (D-S.D.). From 1978 to 1980 he transitioned to Special Counsel for the Nutrition Subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, under the Chairmanship of Senator McGovern and Ranking Minority Member, Senator Bob Dole (R-Kan.).

Since the early 1980’s to the present Mr. Matz has been an attorney focusing on agriculture and nutrition issues with Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Bode, Matz, PC, Attorneys at Law – where he became a named partner in 2007. For 28 years he has worked as Washington Counsel for the School Nutrition Association advocating for strong child nutrition programs, adequate funding for the federal nutrition safety net, and nutrition standards to promote healthy childhood weight. For many years, Matz co-chaired the Child Nutrition Forum on behalf of the School Nutrition Association. The Forum is a coalition of organizations representing over 20 million members that forms during every Child Nutrition Reauthorization to advocate on behalf of children.      

From 1995 to 2008, Mr. Matz has served as both a board member and a Chairman, of the Friends of the World Food Programme. He helped lead the organization’s growth to a staff of 15 persons, with over $20 million per year in donations to the World Food Programme. He also serves on the board of the Congressional Hunger Center, the George McGovern-Bob Dole Counsel on Food and Nutrition, and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC,) where he chaired the board from 1988 to 1993. He has spoken on hunger issues at a number of conferences and authored multiple op-ed pieces putting forth policy proposals to combat childhood hunger.

Marshall Matz will be the seventh recipient of the award, created to honor the woman for whom it was named – Gene White, an extraordinary woman who dedicates her life to children and the benefits that good nutrition can provide them.  Other recipients of this award include Senators Bob Dole and George McGovern, Dr. Josephine Martin, Edward Cooney and Catherine Bertini. 

The A Possible Dream Gala will take place during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, which will be held from March 1-4, 2009.  This year marks the 6th anniversary of this gala event which was designed to honor champions of childhood hunger and raise awareness and funds for the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s efforts to combat global child hunger through sustainable school feeding programs.  During the gala, two other champions of child nutrition will be honored. Rhonda DeVaux, SNS, School Nutrition Director for Irvine Unified School District in California, the 2008 National Outstanding School Nutrition Director of the Year, and Camellia Patey RD, SNS, Vice President of Schools for the National Dairy Council, the 2008 SNA Industry Member of the Year, will be recognized for their tremendous contributions to child nutrition.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation ( is a nonprofit corporation whose mission and vision are to help the nations of the world nurture young bodies and advance young minds through the time-tested practice of school-based nutrition.  The School Nutrition Association ( is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.



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