School Nutrition Association
Jennifer Berglund

OGDEN — The cafeteria manager at Highland Junior High School has been named the West region’s Manager of the Year by the School Nutrition Association.

The award from the national nonprofit recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.

“Jennifer Berglund has shown a strong work ethic and great passion for school nutrition over the years,” Gay Anderson, the association’s president, said in a statement. “She has been a pioneer in her state, coordinating new programs in Utah with impressive dedication to her school, staff and students.”

According to the association, Berglund gets to know students by name and familiarizes herself with their likes, dislikes and personalities to create a fun and comfortable atmosphere. In addition, she has worked with the district supervisor to install colorful displays, attractive serving line signage and main line menu boards in her cafeteria.

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In January 2018, Berglund implemented a pilot Breakfast in the Classroom program, working with the school’s principal and teachers and making sure kitchen staff were trained on logistics. Berglund created promotional materials to remind students to participate in the program and answered teachers’ questions about meal components. According to teachers, they have seen a reduction in student tardiness since the program was established, and due to its success, its is being implemented in the district’s other secondary schools.