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Jessica Shelly

Jessica Shelly is the Director of Student Dining Services for Cincinnati Public Schools. She is responsible for overseeing the service of over 60,000 meals each day at 65 schools.

Jessica Shelly

Jessica Shelly is the Director of Student Dining Services for Cincinnati Public Schools. She is responsible for overseeing the service of over 60,000 meals each day at 65 schools.

Jessica has received many accolades for her dedication and work in school meal programs including:

  • Ohio Department of Education Stellar Nutrition Award
  • Ohio School Board Outstanding Food and Nutrition Director of the Year
  • FAME Silver Rising Star Award
  • Children’s Hunger Alliance School Breakfast Program of the Year Award
  • Cincinnatus Association Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award
  • United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award
  • Food Service Director Magazine’s Director of the Month
  • Center for Disease Control Communities Putting Prevention to Work Champion

Jessica is recognized as a trailblazer in area of child nutrition with unique implementation at Cincinnati Public Schools such as salad bars and cultural spice stations in every school, reimbursable meal vending machines, Life Time Foundation’s Clean Label Initiative, and the Good Food Purchasing Program.

Jessica holds her BA from Miami University and her MBA from University of Cincinnati where she was honored as the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year.

Jessica is an active member of School Nutrition Association having served as past president of SNA of Ohio and on the national level on the Executive Committee. She also currently serves on the CIA Healthy Kids Collaborative and the IFMA K-12 Advisory Committee, is a K-12 Advisor for United Fresh Start Foundation, and is a Board member for UMC Food Ministries.

Jessica has been an invited speaker at several national conferences including the School Nutrition Association, Council of Great City Schools, the National Environmental Health Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the Association of State & Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors.


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