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Orofino school kitchen manager receives award

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Orofino Junior-Senior High School kitchen staff (front, L-R) Francis Crooks and Judy Joersz, and (back, L-R) SNA 2018 Manager of the Year Jerrilyn Hernandez and Juanita McLean.


Contributed photo Orofino Junior-Senior High School kitchen staff (front, L-R) Francis Crooks and Judy Joersz, and (back, L-R) SNA 2018 Manager of the Year Jerrilyn Hernandez and Juanita McLean.



— The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has named Jerrilyn Hernandez from Orofino Junior-Senior High School in Joint School District 171, ID, the 2018 Manager of the Year. 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.

Hernandez has made it her mission to research various grants to support new ways of offering healthy options in the cafeteria. Through those grants, she has implemented several successful initiatives, including a new smoothie and yogurt parfait maker, an a la carte kiosk and a salad bar, which has helped increase student consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Hernandez also helped implement a Breakfast in the Classroom program, increasing breakfast participation from 16 percent to 89 percent at the school.

Hernandez is responsible for more than just her school building cafeteria, also overseeing food delivery to two smaller, more remote school sites in the district. During the past several years, she has also taken on the responsibility of training all 20 district staff on maintaining production records. She also tracks and reviews these records for the district, which has led to greatly improved accuracy.

While acting as president of her SNA chapter, she led members in service by raising money for the pregnancy crisis center, creating food baskets for the VFW, collecting school supplies for children, donated money for a little girl who needed a medical procedure and providing 2,000 meals for the local Firemen’s Academy in the last several years.

In July, Hernandez will be honored during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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