Jennifer Minichiello, director of dining services, Brentwood School is One of 16 Foodservices Heroes recognized by Food Management in the second year of the pandemic
Los Angeles, CA, May 11, 2021
Nominator: James Pond, communications manager, CulinArt Group
Reason for Nomination: “When Brentwood School in Los Angeles undertook the task of feeding homeless veterans encamped in a nearby hospital parking lot, Jennifer Minichiello rose to the challenge. She commandeered the production of 1,000 meals per week to be delivered to veterans sheltering in place on local VA campus and another 1,000 meals per week donated to the local Meals on Wheels chapter. Jennifer also assists in packaging meals to be delivered to the homes of the veterans’ families. This just scratches the surface of Jennifer’s commitment to helping others. Throughout her career, Jennifer has maintained a give-back approach to providing food services by volunteering and serving the homeless community. As life would have it, Jennifer also endured a serious medical issue with a family member during the pandemic. As a testament to her fortitude, Jennifer never wavered throughout the ordeal and continues to put forth a monumental effort with the support of her team.
‘Our school’s kitchen staff is currently a tiny crew led by Jennifer,’ says Gennifer Yoshimaru, assistant head of school, ‘but they are “cooking with gas,” figuratively and literally. Their daily efforts on behalf of our school to bring healthy and delicious sustenance to those who cannot provide it for themselves is making a significant difference.’”