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Leah Schmidt Named 2013-2014 President of the School Nutrition Association
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KANSAS CITY, MO (July 17, 2013) — Leah Schmidt, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Hickman Mills C-1 School District (Missouri), has become the 66th President of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. SNA members welcomed Schmidt to her new role during the closing session of SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference in Kansas City, MO.
In her 22 years with Hickman Mills, Leah Schmidt has worked her way up from Cafeteria Manager, to Field Supervisor, to her promotion as Director in 1998. Her meal program serves 5,000 lunches and 3,200 breakfasts each school day. In a community hard-hit by economic troubles, Schmidt has stepped up to ensure her students have access to healthy meals when school is out. Her summer program serves 1,500 breakfasts and lunches daily, and she recently launched a supper program serving approximately 800 after-school meals at 10 locations each school day.
Throughout her career, Leah Schmidt has held numerous leadership roles with SNA national and Missouri SNA, and has frequently been recognized for her achievements. Notably, in 2003 she earned the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Silver Rising Star Award. She also received USDA Best Practices Awards in 1998 and 2007.
Schmidt earned her Bachelor's Degree in dietetics from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, KS and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education from University of St. Mary. Schmidt has also worked part time teaching culinary skills at the Culinary Center of Kansas City.
About the School Nutrition Association: The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information about ANC, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.
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