Meet Jill Kidd, MS, RD, SNS

Lora Gilbert, Board Member

USFA Director of Procurement

Jill Kidd serves as the Director of Procurement for the Urban School Food Alliance, developing a strategy and action plan for procurement workstreams identified by USFA strategic discussions and the USFA procurement workgroup. Jill facilitates the collaboration of various committees, industry and data experts to increase school food procurement efficiencies and develop new standards for items that can be used throughout the entire school food environment to increase healthier, more sustainable products in school meals.

Prior to joining USFA Jill was the Director of Nutrition Services for Pueblo District 60 in southern Colorado. Jill is a respected leader in the field of school food procurement. She co-founded the CCSTAR cooperative where she served as the administrator for 16 years. Jill was a member of the SNA Procurement Task Force and a subject matter expert for the SNS Exam course. During her time at Pueblo 60 Jill was an innovator in classroom breakfast programs, and school nutrition hubs. District 60 pioneered classroom breakfast in 1998 and led the way in the school nutrition hub concept combining USDA child nutrition programs and community hunger programs to provide a nutrition safety net for children.

Jill was recognized in 2015 by the School Nutrition Foundation as a School Nutrition Hero.

She is the Past President of the Colorado School Nutrition Association and served as a member of the School Nutrition Association Board of Directors as Secretary Treasurer in 2018-2020, and served on the 2013-2015 SNA Board as Research Chair. Jill is the Past President of Colorado ASBO and a member of the Pueblo Community College Culinary Arts Advisory council and the Pueblo Food Project.

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