Loudoun County Public Schools Director of School Nutrition Becky Domokos-Bays has been awarded the national Director of the Year honor from the School Nutrition Association.
School Nutrition Association officials announced the award Wednesday, saying it “recognizes the extraordinary contributions of school nutrition directors who manage effective school meal programs providing healthy, appetizing meals to students.”
During her 25-year tenure in school nutrition, Domokos-Bays has helped expand nutrition programs for her districts and promote the need for healthy meals for today’s students. She has implemented a variety of programs, including supper, after-school snacks, summer feeding with fresh fruits and vegetables and created alternative breakfast options.
Serving as director at LCPS for the past five years, Domokos-Bays started a successful summer meal program that served more than 49,000 students during the summer of 2018.
“Becky Domokos-Bays’ passion for her job, her students and her district is evident in the number of positive programs, initiatives and events she has spearheaded over the years,” SNA President Gay Anderson said in a prepared statement. “She is a great example of a school nutrition director invested in the well-being of her students and the high quality of service expected from her staff. We are proud to call her this year’s national Director of the Year.”
Domokos-Bays has incorporated more locally sourced foods on school menus, upgraded school nutrition technology in Loudoun County Public Schools' 92 schools, provided shoes and chef coats to 385 staff members and is currently working to improve the dining experience in middle schools.
One of Domokos-Bays' most-celebrated accomplishments at LCPS, SNA officials said, is the Farm to School program, which has grown to roughly 52 active school gardens. The director has helped foster a strong relationship between the school nutrition services program and teachers in order to offer project-based lessons with gardens. LCPS is a Farm to School national partner.
Domokos-Bays will be honored during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the School Nutrition Association’s 73rd Annual National Conference in St. Louis on July 14.
The School Nutrition Association is a national nonprofit organization representing 58,000 school nutrition professionals across the country.