Stacey Kindred, cafeteria manager at Pleasant Lea Middle School, recently received the School Nutrition Association’s highest honor. Ms. Kindred was named Regional Manager of the Year by the non-profit organization. The award recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.
Ms. Kindred previously worked as cafeteria manager at Summit Pointe Elementary before moving to PLMS for 2017-18.
“Stacey Kindred is a great example that cafeteria managers’ duties do not end with serving healthy and delicious food to students, but also include creating a positive and enticing environment,” said School Nutrition Association’s CEO Patricia Montague. “She does whatever she can to better her students’ experience, while continuing to reach out to the larger community.”
During July, Ms. Kindred was honored during the awards ceremony at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference in Atlanta, Ga. She will also be recognized during the Missouri School Nutrition Conference in October, scheduled for Branson.
The Manager of the Year Award is given in honor of Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition in her state and in the national School Nutrition Association. During her 43 years in the profession, Ms. Sublette dedicated her career to honoring school nutrition professionals and ensuring those who work in school cafeterias have access to professional development opportunities, empowering them to help their school meal programs flourish.
About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 58,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education.