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PPS Nutrition Manager Wins State Recognition

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PPS Nutrition Manager Wins State Recognition
Posted on 04/13/2015

The Portland Public Schools’ Food Service Manager Nancy McAdam has won the Manager of the Year Award from the Maine School Nutrition Association, the nonprofit association recently announced. The award is considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn, and recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program, according to the organization.

As the winner from the state of Maine, Nancy will also be considered for the national School Nutrition Association’s Manager of the Year Award.

McAdam has 22 years of experience with the Portland Public School. She currently is a food service manager for the district’s  high schools and middle schools, but started out working just two hours a day in the café. She said one of her greatest accomplishments was transitioning the district from manual data entry meal sales to POS sales. This ensures the privacy of student eligibility and fosters a greater level of trust between students and the nutrition department. McAdam’s other great accomplishment was implementing an “Offer Versus Serve” approach to increase participation and student satisfaction.

“Dedicated cafeteria managers work tirelessly to implement projects and support initiatives to ensure students have access to healthy meals and to improve their dining experience,” said Betty Hayes, president of the Maine School Nutrition Association. “Nancy McAdam exemplifies excellence in school food service, going above and beyond to enhance the Portland Public Schools community.”

The Manager of the Year Award is in honor of Louise Sublette, a leader in school nutrition in her state and a past president of the national School Nutrition Association from Tennessee. During her 43 years in the profession, Sublette worked in many areas of food service – public schools, colleges, hospitals and programs that provide food to the elderly. 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.

McAdam will be honored at a banquet during the Annual MSNA Conference, to be  held this August in Bangor.