Employee Recognition

Ripple Effect Award

Child Nutrition Managers are nominated for this award by the staff in the office for solving a problem or having an action or idea that impacts others in our organization. Examples include suggesting a helpful tip for a recipe, training a staff member that has interest in advancing their career, or giving menu feedback.

Golden Spatula Award

Anyone can nominate a child nutrition staff member for this award, including students and staff in the building. This award recognizes an employee who consistently exhibits excellent customer service to students and/or staff. You can nominate a child nutrition staff member from your school using the Google form here.

November–Charlotte McCoy

Charlotte is being recognized for her work with the new Fruit and Vegetable Program at Sanders. The principal asked us if we could start our own program since they didn’t qualify for FFVP. We received funding, and Charlotte was excited and on board with the proram. She coordinates pick up of the produce, preparation, and transportation to Sanders. This has had a huge ripple effect on the teachers and students at Sanders. After visiting to see how the new program is going, the students had lots to say. They are loving getting a snack in the afternoon to get their energy up, and they have already pushed themselves to try something new. Thank you Charlotte for making this program possible and for having such a positive impact on others!

October–Kathy Crisp

Congratulations Kathy Crisp on winning the Ripple Effect Award! Kathy started as a new manager this semester at Maplewood Elementary, and has been doing a fantastic job. She was nominated for this award because her positive attitude has had a huge impact rippling to others around her. Kathy caught on quickly, despite working with only herself and three other staff members for almost three months! She faced an extremely tough and new situation and handled it with grace. Her staff also did an incredible job and worked extremely hard every single day without complaints. Kathy is humble and instead of accepting compliments, she always tries to recognize her team that made it happen. Thanks for all you do!

September–Samantha Hopson

Sam has made a huge impact on not only her kitchen but surrounding kitchens through her outstanding training. She really gets to know her staff well and sees the potential in others. It’s so important to identify staff on your team to see if they have an interest in advancing so that you can help them reach their goals. This is what Sam’s staff had to say:

“Her goal for training people is for them to be better and to be able to do things for themselves. She will never ask someone to work harder than she works. She is an amazing mentor, boss, and person.”

November–Jody Conard

Jody is the perfect example of how you don’t have to be in the front of the house to make a big customer service impact. While at CHC, Jody rocked the “cook” position by being extremely organized and prepared. She always make sure that the students received the same food with the best quality, regardless of when they came through the line. Since Jody’s move to Westlake Elementary, she has made a great impression on staff and students. When passing out breakfast, she is friendly to staff, and she has already jumped in as part of the team in the kitchen. Thank you Jody for all you do!

October–Crystal Dunlap

Crystal was nominated for going above and beyond getting to know the students that come through her line every day. She makes students feel comfortable sharing their lives with her. She has been there for kids to vent and have someone actually care about how they are feeling. She takes time to get to know each one of her Thrive students and what they want/need every day. She knows how to make them smile when they are in bad moods. She even makes a point to make all of them feel special even if they are nonverbal. Crystal goes above and beyond for the thrive students by even letting one “scan” their own card and one student will even wait for her to wave goodbye before she will go back to class. Thank you for your excellent customer service and the great care you take with the students!

September–Chelsie Zepeda

Chelsie Zepeda- Chelsie is a new employee this year. She comes in everyday with the happiest attitude and has learned everything very quickly. Chelsie is already training new staff and is doing a GREAT job. She has patience and makes sure new employees understand what to do and reassures them. She is a blessing to have at Bridgeport, and we are happy to add her to our team this year!

August–Trish Clever

Trish created the ultimate ripple effect this semester when suggesting a new menu idea- the fun lunch box. We loved the idea so much that we added it to the menu! Trish also does a fantastic job on providing constructive feedback on menu items. We always welcome new ideas and ways to improve our program. Way to go Trish!

August–Jennifer Owens

Jennifer has really taken “Running the Line” over and above. We have had a lot of challenges with trays and products this year. She has made it extremely normal for all the kids by introducing what “Supply and Demand” is. It is not uncommon to hear a second grader mention supply and demand in line. A lot of students know Jennifer and love seeing her on the line, it is not uncommon for them to want to extend a hug or a “Thank you, you’re so nice.” She is always smiling. Working with Jennifer and not laughing…. it can’t be done! She loves all of the CGE kids and puts them first in all of the positions she works.