SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 93
May 7, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||1999 USDA Best Practices Awards Program|
Once again this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office (USDA-MARO) is sponsoring the "Best Practices Awards Program." These awards were established to recognize excellence in school nutrition programs. During the past six years, 33 local School Nutrition Programs have been selected to receive Best Practices Awards. More than 40 percent of these awards have been first-place winners. I encourage each of you to look at the great things you have done this year, and submit your application with the proper documentation to be entered in this contest. The award categories continue to emphasize the importance of providing quality services to our customers and to the community, as well as highlighting ways for school nutrition staff to develop their skills. The seven categories are as follows: 1. Creative Implementation of the School Meals Initiative 2. Innovative Food Service Practices 3. Establishing Cooperative Partnerships 4. Increasing Nutrition Awareness 5. Training and Professional Development 6. Community Involvement 7. Improved School Breakfast Participation Competition is among the Mid-Atlantic Region representing West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Winners will be selected in each of the seven categories. Included with this letter is a detailed description of the categories and a nomination form. To compete for this coveted award, please submit the nomination form, and the supporting documentation to the Department of Education, School Nutrition Office, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 by June 30, 1999. Your application will be reviewed and forwarded to the USDA Mid-Atlantic Regional office by the deadline of JULY 30, 1999. The nomination packet must include the following information: * the category for the nomination; * a description of the program (300 words or less); * the time period that the practice has taken place; * documentation, such as videos, photographs, newspaper articles, etc.; * a copy of any materials that have been developed; * the name, mailing address, and telephone number of a contact person at the school or school division level, as well as the name of the division superintendent; The Best Practices Program is an opportunity for the school nutrition staff to be recognized for their contributions to health and nutritional well being of Virginia's children. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Digilio Grimes, Director of School Nutrition Programs at (804) 225-2074. PDS/ec Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- will be sent to the superintendent's office.