Starr Grimes

Food Service Employee of The Year


Congratulations to Starr Grimes, our 2019/2020 food service “School Related Employee of the Year Winner!”

During her tenure with the food service department she has served in positions including food service worker and food service manager reigning over both elementary and secondary schools. She is now manager at Navarre High School, which is where she began her adventures with the food service department eleven years ago. She has now come full circle.

When we think of Starr Grimes we think of an outstanding manager, a kindhearted woman, and strong willed.  Don’t let her size fool you; she has a gentle demeanor with a drive for excellence.  Starr eagerly takes on challenging locations, and continually puts her students first.  She is dedicated, to the students she serves daily, to the staff she oversees, and to her family and friends. Starr is honest, passionate, intelligent, and friendly, while still empowering her team.  The list of positive adjectives is never ending.   During her tenure at OBE, she encouraged her students to participate in our Future Chef Challenge culminating in that year’s grand prize winner. It has been a pleasure to witness Starr grow in her positions within the food service department.

As a wife, mother of five, and grandmother of two, Starr is very busy woman.  Starr still finds time to volunteer her time with our local School Nutrition Association chapter.   Starr’s’ volunteer efforts benefit other members of our association and provides professional development opportunities for our members.   Starr is currently serving as President of our local School Nutrition Association; she has been a member of the local and state School Nutrition Association for her entire tenure with the food service department, and even participated in our Legislative Action days to support our industry.   She has received  multiple awards over the years including Super School Award for her participation in the National School Lunch Week event.  If anyone is deserving of this award, it is Starr Grimes. We are proud to have her as a leader, a team member and more importantly as a “Friend”.