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Winona District School Nutrition Employee Wins National Recognition

(National Harbor, MD – May 2, 2017) – The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association has awarded Krystal Schaetz from Winona Senior High in Winona District #861, MN, the Midwest regional Employee of the Year Award, which recognizes the valuable contribution of school nutrition employees who exhibit a remarkable commitment to the school meal program and the students they serve.


Krystal Schaetz has excelled at being creative in the cafeteria, not only with her choices for the menu, but also creating a positive atmosphere for her students and fellow staff members. Schaetz is a true team builder. She had t-shirts and signage designed for her high school cafeteria, giving it a fun vibe and providing school nutrition employees a more professional look. She has dedicated her time to improving the school meal experience for Winona students, helping with the design of the new "Healthy Express Lane”, planning promotions for National School Lunch Week, homecoming, World Kindness Week, winter spirit week and Fuel Up to Play 60 Game On Week.  She also assisted with the coordination of a “Fun Fruitastic Fruit” class at one of the district’s elementary schools. Having just started her school nutrition career last school year, Schaetz has already taken on the great task of lead cook to provide meals to more than 900 elementary students. These meals are prepared at the high school and delivered to six satellite kitchens.

“It is important to create a healthy and delicious menu for students, but it’s school nutrition professionals, like Krystal Schaetz, who bring an extra sense of caring to the job,” said SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS. “She has shown a dedication to her students, providing compassion and creativity in her newly chosen field and demonstrating excellence in foodservice.”


The Employee of the Year Award was created to recognize outstanding school nutrition employees who influence the quality of school meals through customer service, an interest in young people, cooperation, work attendance, creativity, participation in professional development and their willingness to go above and beyond.


In July, Schaetz will be honored during the Awards Ceremony at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference held in Atlanta, GA.

About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 57,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information on school meals, visit