Mount Olive College Alumnus Receives Leadership Award

MOUNT OLIVE- Cindy E. Hobbs, a 1972 graduate of University of Mount Olive, was recently honored with the Silver Leadership Award by the National Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence Award program (FAME). Hobbs received the award during a ceremony held January 16, 2011 at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle, Washington, during the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Child Nutrition Industry Conference. Hobbs is the Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC.

Hobbs was recognized for her skills in planning and financial management to improve an ongoing business plan for her school district’s foodservice program. By utilizing her abilities, she was able to grow the child nutrition budget by $20 million in the past five years. Her standards have been recognized by the Council of Great City Schools for large urban school systems.

Hobbs is also an advocate of continued education for her staff and the implementing of training programs for all levels. She has made significant and lasting contributions to her field, being recognized with awards from Southeast Food Service News and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The Silver Leadership Award is given to a foodservice director who demonstrates outstanding leadership, dedication, fiscal achievement, and innovation in menuing and merchandising.

For 22 years the FAME Awards have honored school nutrition professionals who raise industry standards by tackling challenges within their school districts and communities. This prestigious program is sponsored by Basic American Foods, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc. and Tyson Foods, Inc.

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