November 2, 2021
Jodi Risse, Food and Nutrition Services Supervisor for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, was named Maryland School Nutrition Association Director of the Year today.
During her 14 years as the head of the Food and Nutrition Services division of AACPS, Risse has become an innovator who cultivates creative approaches throughout the year to provide healthy meals to students of all levels with an emphasis on cool options. Risse has established vibrant and abundant salad bars in every school in the school system.
“Jodi embodies what we mean when we say ‘AACPSAwesome’,” said Superintendent George Arlotto. “There is nothing she and the incredible team she leads don’t do to provide students with healthy options that fuel their minds and bodies. We are extremely grateful that she is part of our team as our students benefit every day from her expertise and dedication. “
Under Risse’s leadership, the Food and Nutrition Services Division has provided more than 12.5 million meals to students across the county since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. FNS employees didn’t miss a day, serving meals the same day. the schools on the first day were closed.
Risse also co-chairs the School System Wellbeing Council, a multi-sectoral committee aimed at providing resources, strategies and monitoring tools to ensure the effective implementation of the AACPS Wellbeing Policy in order to improve the quality of life of all members of the educational community. and cultivate communities of well-being.
In addition, she hosts a monthly educational segment called “Rainbow Tasting” which presents a local product served in school meals. The video features spotlights from students, teachers, principals and a local farmer. It is presented in the 126 schools during the monthly “Rainbow tasting” day.
However, Risse’s job isn’t just to serve meals. It also collaborates with the Department of Special Education to give students work experience within the SNSF. This program helps students acquire job-related skills when they leave high school, while introducing them to the world of school catering.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by the Maryland School Nutrition Association for the impact we have in serving the students and communities of Anne Arundel County,” said Risse, who also won a national award. for his efforts to fight child hunger. in 2019. “It is an honor and a privilege to work alongside the best school nutrition team in the country. This could only be accomplished with the unwavering support of our superintendent, Dr. George Arlotto, and my family at work. and at home. Together, we truly cultivate communities of well-being: one student at a time.
In addition to her work with AAACPS, Risse has served on the Maryland School Nutrition Executive Board since 2002 and was the co-chair of the organization’s education committee from 2000 to 2007.
This press release was produced by Anne Arundel County Public School. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.