March 25—The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has announced Sandi Walter, cafeteria manager from Maryville City (Tenn.) Schools, as its first Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow.
The award was established in July 2012 in honor of school nutrition pioneer and advocate Dr. Josephine Martin and enables an SNA member to attend the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) for the first time. Walter was recognized during the first general session at LAC on March 3rd.
Walter has 20 years of school nutrition experience. She is a certified SNA trainer and currently serves as the president of theMaryville Chapter of the Tennessee School Nutrition Association.
Funding for the fellow was made possible by the Josephine Martin Endowment Fund at SNF. The endowment is still accepting contributions to reach its $75,000 goal. To date, the endowment has raised approximately $22,000.
In a recent interview, according to a press release, Walter said, "Attending LAC offered me an opportunity to network with school nutrition leaders and learn about the important issues facing our industry. Child nutrition is where I want to be and is a field that allows for creativity and innovation, as well as providing me an opportunity to serve my community."