BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County school district food and nutrition services director Lori Drenth has received the Food and Management Enterprises 2013 Silver Leadership Award.
Drenth's entry form included information about fiscal achievement, breakfast and lunch programs and community involvement. She said she has worked to help remodel cafeteria facilities, on menu development and on menu item placement.
She oversaw introduction of the Cruisin' Cafe to increase the availability of summer meals for school-age kids and is a member of the child obesity task force. She sits on the Hernando Youth League Dixie softball board and coaches as well. She was formerly on the YMCA of the Suncoast board.
Drenth explained that the gold award usually goes to someone who has been in food service for 20 to 25 years. She has been with the district for nearly nine years and has been in food service for almost 19 years.
"As a registered dietitian, I've always worked in food service management," she said.
Before coming to Hernando County, Drenth was a food service area supervisor in Broward County for four years.
Born and raised in Hernando, Drenth attended Brooksville Primary School, which was located in the present-day Hernando High parking lot, and Mitchel L. Black Elementary, which was where the school district office is now. She went to Parrott Junior High and Hernando High.
She wanted to return to the area. "And it just so happened the director position opened up," she said.
Drenth is involved with the Hernando School Nutrition Association.
"It's a professional organization that supports the endeavors of school food service professionals, basically at the local, state and national level, whether it's lobbying for change or different laws," she said.
Drenth gives her department and the school district credit for her FAME leadership award.
"I'm proud and honored," she said. "I really feel like this is an award for the school district administration and school administrations, food service managers and employees."