In a tough economic climate when many businesses are struggling, the hard work of our staff, loyalty and dedication to our mission have made all of us proud. We welcomed several new school districts to the Opaa! family this year, and we have enhanced a number of programs aimed at improving the employee experience including enhanced training, improved incentive programs, and updated communication tools. One new initiative I'm really excited to announce is Opaa.TV-a web-based video channel that is filled with short videos from our clients, parents, students, and team members. Opaa.TV is a great new way to show others just what makes us special...check it out at

This past school year has included several advancements in our child nutrition program, including increased participation levels, improved client financial performance and an inspired assortment of nutritional programs. We are proud to support the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) initiative, which promotes healthier school environments, and our school menus now offer an even wider array of fruits, vegetables and whole grain options.

We are also excited to be a leader in the Farm to School program, partnering with local growers to provide farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to our students. Due to the overwhelming success of last year's pilot program, Missouri-grown apples have been served during the fall of the 2010 to ALL Opaa! students. We will continue to seek out additional opportunities to provide our districts with farm-fresh products.

Thank you for helping "Make Their Day."

Kevin Short
Opaa! Food Management, Inc.