School districts in Florida report serving fewer meals this school year because of the coronavirus -- a trend that is affecting the bottom line and causing some to draw from their reserves. Meanwhile, food costs are higher, and foodservice departments have adopted pricier prepackaged and "shelf-stable" food that students can eat at home.
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Nebraska would establish a Farm to School Network under legislation introduced Thursday by state Sen. Tom Brandt. The proposed network would connect administrators and school nutrition professionals with area farmers and other producers to supply locally sourced food for school meals.
The USDA's 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the first time has included added-sugar recommendations for children under age 2. The report advocates zero added sugars for this age group and no foods with sugar substitutes, while continuing to recommend added sugars for the rest of the population not exceed 10% of their total daily calories.
An economic relief plan announced Thursday by President-elect Joe Biden will steer $130 billion toward public K-12 schools. The funding is intended to help schools return to in-person learning, including by reducing class sizes, hiring more nurses and counselors, and providing protective gear.
Leaders should be starting 2021 by looking to innovate, anticipate change and rethink everything from their office space to their mission, says Denise Lee Yohn in this video and blog post. "Also, we need to craft an optimistic vision of the future of our business and set realistic goals for everyone -- and then show how we plan to achieve them," she says.
After landing in the hospital due to stress from her job at a Big Four accounting firm, Alice Merron learned how to retrain her mindset about work. "If your social life is deteriorating as work consumes more of your time, rewrite the script on how much you're willing to sacrifice your valuable time for this work," she says, offering specific ways to do this.
Serving on an SNA national committee or council offers exciting opportunities to grow professionally, develop new skills, work on issues from a national perspective and contribute to the school nutrition profession. We are looking for members who want to play an active role in shaping the future of school nutrition programs. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/LeadershipOpp to learn about the committees and councils and fill out a Committee Interest Form.