A message from your President,

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Martha Silverthorn 


It’s hard to believe that another school year is coming to a close.  If your year was anything like mine, it was very busy.  For me, it has been a year of reviews.  State board of accounts, procurement and administrative reviews, all in one year!  Whew!  It has been the most challenging year for employee turnover and shortages since I have been involved in school food service.  Even through all of those challenges, we find a way to work through all of the obstacles and continue to serve high quality and nutritious meals to our students daily.

Our industry has extraordinary people, like you, that are getting up in the early hours of the morning to begin preparing meals for students that depend on us.  Only food service employees know how hard we work and how much extra we do.  Each of you are the true heroes of our schools!  Without the nutritious meals that we serve, many students would go hungry. They would not have the benefits of essential nutrition to excel in school and sports programs.

This year ISNA has provided amazing professional development opportunities to its members.  The number of attendees has told the story of their success!  As you plan your summer calendar, don’t forget that ISNA offers summer Leadership Academies.  There are two comprehensive courses to choose from depending on whether you are a new manager or a more experienced manager.  If you haven’t attended in the past, I highly recommend these classes.  Visit the ISNA website at indianasna.org and click on the Education tab for more information.  Continuing education is so important for your professional career and personal growth.  Education is a benefit that cannot be measured by cost or time.  It is well worth both!

I know there are many of you that are interested in learning more and advancing your school food service career.  A good step to take toward advancement is the SNA certificate program.  Obtaining your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition adds credibility to your position and to your school’s program, enhances your professional image with supervisors, parents and administrators, and provides information on the latest issues and solutions related to your job.  The most up to date information on the SNA certificate program can be found at schoolnutrition.org/Certificate.

Hats off to those that will be serving meals this summer in your schools and communities!  For those fortunate enough to have a summer break I wish you rejuvenation, rest, and renewed energy!


Martha J. Silverthorn
SilverJoy Services 

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