At its annual 2010 Summer Retreat held July13-15, Craig Cohen, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Opaa! Food Management announced Marion Jackson, Opaa!'s Director of Nutrition Services for the Kennett 39 School District, as the recipient of the "Whatever It Takes Award" which was established by Opaa! in 2002. In making the announcement, Cohen stated that, "The Whatever it Takes Award is Opaa!'s highest honor and is presented to an Opaa! Food Mangement field management or home office employee for outstanding job performance. It recognizes those facets of an amployee's character, commitment, and leadership that contribute to making them a valuable asset to Opaa! Food Management.
During the award presentation Cohen went on to highlight Marion's accomplishments that lead to her receiving this award. Marion and her team increased both breakfast participation and overall participation while maintaining a strong commitment to cost management. She also earned Pursuit of Excellence recognition for the first semester of the 2009-10 school school. Marion not only excelled in her responsibilities with Opaa!, she also earned a special commendation by the Board of Education in Kennett "in recognition of going above and beyond her job responsibilities as the Opaa! Food Service Director for our District."
Marion and her husband, Bill live in Kennett, MO with their 14 yr old daughter, Morgan. Morgan attends the 9th grade of Kennett High, and enjoys OPAA! breakfast and lunches daily. In her free time Marion enjoys gardening and going to the lake, where the family wakeboards during the day and enjoys camp fires at night. When asked how she feels about the work she does at Opaa! Marion replied, "I believe I have the best job in the world with OPAA Food Management. I love that OPAA! is a family based company; all the things in my life are family based too."
For several years, Opaa! was privileged to have the opportunity to work with a motivational speaker and coach, Carol Rogers-Sealy. "Whatever It Takes" was her philosophy of life and because of her impact on Opaa! Food Management, this award was named after her philosophy.
Opaa! Food Management, Inc., is based in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is entering its 33rd year of operation. Opaa! currently operates the nutrition programs for 75 Missouri school districts and has been serving the nutritional requirements of the Kennett School District since 1992. Opaa! Food Management, based in Chesterfield, Missouri, specializes in serving only K-12 school districts. We partner with each school served to tailor a child nutrition program that meets its local community's needs. We deliver a wide variety of fresh, safe, and nutritious choices, to support a healthy learning environment, at an exceptional value. As a family owned company, the warm hospitality of our team members is a tribute to our mission- "Make Their Day!"