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Mary A. Hill, Executive Director of Food Services for Jackson Public School District in Jackson, MS. She is a native of Jackson, MS, has both BS and MS degrees in Home Economics and a minor in Secondary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and is credentialed as a Specialist (SNS) in the School Nutrition Association. Prior to beginning a career in school nutrition in 1983, she was a Commercial Food teacher who taught courses to vocational/technical students in Laurel Public Schools in Laurel, MS. Hill has directed the Child Nutrition Program in Jackson, MS for 33 years. The districts’ 60 schools serve over 29,000 students and feed 25,500 nutritious school lunches 13,000 school breakfasts and 3,500 after school snacks to students each day in schools, as well during the Summer Food Service Program. They also, have Breakfast in the Classroom, Fruit and Vegetable Program and all elementary schools are “GOLD” award through the HealthierUS School Challenge program. She is active in many professional and volunteer organizations and has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels. In SNA, she is past national president, served on the Executive Board, Program Chair for Annual National Conference, Nutrition, Resolutions and Bylaws and Public Policy and Legislation Committees, Strategic Planning and Association Governance Task Force. She has served in the Mississippi School Nutrition Association as President, State Conference Chair, Scholarship and Awards, Education, Resolutions and Bylaws Committees, and various special committees and task forces in the Association. Also, she is very involved with the Girl Scout Council of Greater Mississippi as Second Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and troop leader for Troop 5026, Jackson (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Central Mississippi Chapter of 100 Black Women, Mississippi Food Network and her church True Light Baptist Church. She enjoys volunteering and is committed to community and public service. Mary has received numerous awards and honors but the latest was the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) “Silver Plate” Recipient in the Elementary and Secondary Category in 2015 and the “Hometown Hero” Award in the meeting planners category given by VisitJackson June 2017.
Child Nutrition, School Feeding
Food Science | Other Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development
Hill, Mary A. and Institute of Child Nutrition, "Mary A. Hill" (2006). Oral History Project (all interviews). 70.