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Hamilton Southeastern Schools Welcomes New Director of Nutrition and Food Service

July 13, 2022

The Hamilton Southeastern Board of School Trustees approved Karen Ogden as the new Director of Nutrition and Food Service on Wednesday night. 
Ogden will lead one of the largest departments within HSE Schools, overseeing more than 200 staff across 22 schools and ensuring students receive healthy, well-balanced meals.
Prior to joining Hamilton Southeastern, Ogden was employed by a private food service operator, serving as the onsite general manager at Ivy Tech Community College and Westfield Washington Schools. While at WWS, Ogden ensured menu compliance with all federal, state and local regulations. She also implemented new school meal programs.
“Karen Ogden has a wealth of knowledge, and we believe she will be an asset in continuing to maintain our Food Service Department, said Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Stokes. “Our schools are responsible for serving more than 3 million meals a year.”
As part of her role, Ogden will be responsible for maintaining quality standards as required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), coordinate activities of all food service personnel and explore new menu alternatives.
“I look forward to this exciting opportunity and am happy to return to the K-12 sector to make a difference in the lives of students by nourishing their mind and body,” stated Karen Ogden, Director of Nutrition and Food Service.
Ogden holds a BS in food and nutrition from Purdue University. Her first official day with HSE was Monday, July 11.
HSE Food Services is currently hiring for the 2022-23 school year. Click here for more information on openings.
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