SILVER SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Michelle Curry Head Shot

Michelle Curry
Director of Food & Nutrition
South Pasadena USD
South Pasadena, CA

Michelle has achieved monumental success in turning the nutrition program at South Pasadena USD around. She started with a fund balance of zero and low participation. She overhauled the menu allowing for more variety and student favorites like homemade pastas and Asian dishes. The eating environment underwent makeovers including upgraded tablecloths and resurfaced serving carts in school colors. Michelle instituted an online payment and POS system to increase speed of service. Wait time decreased by 40% and labor was more efficient. She implemented positive changes to the nutrition program spending time promoting it at PTA meetings, back-to-school nights and orientation meetings with parents and teachers. Michelle is described as having three critical skills – multi-tasking, forward thinking mindset, and a sense of community. She personally instructs staff on techniques for scratch preparation and has developed ways to partner with other districts to get unique items on menus to the benefit of all districts. Michelle is a chef by trade and is always looking for opportunities to bring new items to keep menus fresh and participation high.