Kate Dorr is the Assistant Food Service Director for Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Specialist. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Food Science and Dietetics and then went on to complete her dietetic internship and graduate work with Cornell University. She also completed her M.B.A. at SUNYIT.
Kate has been working with the BOCES Food Service Program since early 2009. She understands the complexities of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs; balancing a tight budget with healthy foods that students will eat is not an easy task. Regardless, her main goal is to make School Lunch and Breakfast programs as healthy as possible one step at a time. She has worked closely with a group of regional partners to create the Mohawk Valley Farm to School Initiative (MVFTS). Together, the team helps regional schools, especially those in her own OHM BOCES Food Service Program, procure and serve more products that have been grown and raised in New York State. MVFTS has been integral in expanding FTS in the region through New York State Ag and Markets Farm to School grants received by the local (Oneida County) Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Harvest of the Month program and multiple New York State Food Days. Kate is also on the Board of Directors for Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York School Nutrition Association’s Farm to School Committee.
Kate loves running, hiking, traveling, being outdoors and spending time in the Adirondacks with her husband and two girls. As her oldest daughter enters kindergarten, she realizes now, more than ever, how important it is to continue to improve and change the food culture in our schools, homes and communities.