U.S. Navy announces winners of 2012 Ney Awards

Awards honor excellence in Navy foodservice, both on base and aboard Naval vessels.

Naval Base Coronado, in California, and Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in Japan, are among the winners of the 2012 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for excellence in foodservice. Coronado was chosen in the CONUS General Mess Category, for operations within the continental United States, and Yokosuka was selected as the best in installations outside the U.S.

The Ney Awards will be presented during the annual International Food Service Executives Association conference next month in San Diego. IFSEA helps sponsor the Ney Awards. The award is named after Capt. Edward F. Ney, who was head of the Subsistence Division of the Bureau of Supplies and Account during World War II.

There are five winners in the Afloat categories. The USS Michigan earned top honor in the Submarine category. The USS Rentz was chosen in the Small Afloat category, the USS Fitzgerald was selected in the Medium Afloat category and the USS Makin Island won in the Large Afloat category. The USS Abraham Lincoln received the award as the best aircraft carrier.

"Nothing impacts sailors on a day-to-day basis more than the food Culinary Specialists prepare for them. These top-quality meals contribute directly to sailor quality of life and morale of the ship," said Cmdr. Danny King, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Director, Navy Food Service. "These awards represent the best of the best and I am proud to be leading our foodservice professionals now as we incorporate more scratch cooking into our menus, increase training, and ensure appropriate manning levels."

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

As part of a 10-year contract to run Eastern Michigan University’s foodservice, Chartwells will invest $5 million in the Ypsilanti, Mich., university, as well as provide it with $18 million in capital improvements, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press .

The university’s board of regents approved the contract on Tuesday, citing the new revenue as an opportunity to expand and improve campus foodservice. EMU’s website indicates the partnership will allow for more student input as well as the introduction of food trucks and improved technology.

“The primary reason...

Industry News & Opinion

Students at the University of Virginia will soon be able to use part of their meal plans to buy fresh food grown locally, the result of a new partnership between the school and Greens to Grounds, a nonprofit organization run by students.

Starting in the fall, students will be able to use their meal plan “Plus Dollars” to purchase premade food boxes from Greens to Grounds. The boxes, which come in “snack” or “produce” options, contain a variety of vegetables and fruits with a different weekly menu. The packages typically cost no more than $10, and students will be able to place box...

Industry News & Opinion

The USDA analyzed the efficacy of using Medicaid data to certify students for free or reduced-price lunch, a provision included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Participating states and districts reported conflicting data on changes in the percentage of students certified, number of meals served, federal reimbursements and certification costs.

The method is used as an alternative to household applications and data matching with other public benefit programs to streamline the certification of more low-income students. The program was first piloted statewide in Kentucky...

Ideas and Innovation
kids students cafeteria line

While summer feeding programs are commonplace in school districts across the country, foodservice operators still struggle to get the word out and kids in.

Many districts are scaling back or discontinuing their summer feeding programs due to low participation, citing staffing costs and other issues that make it difficult to break even and provide a profitable program.

“We need to find a way to encourage that participation,” Tom Freitas—foodservice director for Traverse City Area Public Schools in Traverse City, Mich.—told Record Eagle News . “We are open to ideas as long as...

FSD Resources