PRESS RELEASE: NHPS DIRECTOR AWARDED AS SNACT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

 
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NHPS DIRECTOR AWARDED AS SNACT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
 
Executive Director of Food Services, Gail Sharry has been selected as School Nutrition Association of Connecticut ‘Director of the Year’ for the 2015-16 school year
 
New Haven Public Schools Executive Director of Food Services, Gail Sharry an affiliate of the national School Nutrition Association (SNACT), has been selected as the SNACT’s Director of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Gail will receive her award and recognition of her peers at a banquet at Anthony’s Ocean View tonight, Thursday, May 19th at 5:30 p.m.
 
“Each year, the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut recognizes an individual that has shown a dedicated commitment to advancing the nutrition of children,” said Lonnie Burt, President of the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut. “As school nutrition professionals, we must balance many things - from school meal regulations, to budgets, to taste preferences.  Gail does a phenomenal job at managing her program, and we are proud to recognize her for her achievements and dedication."
 
“In 2008 when the District decided to bring the Food Service Operation back in house it was the right decision.  At that time we were able to work together with our workforce and reform many of the foundational elements of a solid program focused of producing healthy, fresh meals for our students.  The missing piece to the puzzle was a Director who could take all of those foundational elements and add and experienced hand to navigate this highly regulated operation while at the same time building internal capacity and producing the healthy, fresh meals we covet.  Gail has overseen the expansion of the largest Summer Feeding program in the state, record production of breakfasts and lunches each year of her tenure and the launching of supper programs across the district.  She has produced stellar compliance reviews and hit expense reduction and revenue growth targets annually while being a model of collaboration with the entire Food Service team and all local partners and stakeholders.  Quite simply Gail is the best,” said COO, Will Clark.

Award winners, who are nominated and evaluated by their peers in school nutrition, exemplify the best of child nutrition programs through their professionalism and program innovations. Gail was selected for her success in implementing excellent nutritional programs throughout the district to ensure the health and wellness of all students.
 
Executive Director Gail Sharry says, “Kids Come First. All my efforts are geared toward the District’s children. Hopefully I can make a difference by providing healthy, balanced meals and facilitate the educational process. I am humbled to have been nominated as director of the year.”
 
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