July 30, 2021
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S.C. district sees food shortages, higher costs
Florence School District 3 in South Carolina is experiencing shortages of breaded chicken, paper products and portion containers because of supply chain disruptions, said Valerie Mouzon, the district's foodservice supervisor. Mouzon said prices on some items, such as whole muscle chicken, also have increased because of supply chain challenges.
Full Story: WBTW-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (7/29) 
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What's on the menu for the 2021-2022 school year?
With many students scheduled to resume in-person learning this fall, schools will face new challenges as they navigate the best way to resume foodservice operations safely and efficiently while dealing with uncertainties. Join SmartBrief and industry experts to explore lessons learned from the first year of the pandemic and what lies ahead.
School Update
A bill was signed into law this week by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that prohibits school districts in the state from suing students' families over school meal debt. The New York State Parent Teacher Association supported the legislation, with Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky saying, "Every child should have the opportunity, and the continued opportunity, to have a healthy breakfast and a healthy lunch in school buildings."
Full Story: WIVB-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (7/29) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Registered dietitian Jessica Green says serving size is a standardized amount of food that can be used as a guide on how a person must eat throughout the day, while portion size refers to the amount of food a person is going to eat at once. Utilizing both measurements can help a person get a better sense of their overall diet, Green says.
Full Story: Real Simple (7/29) 
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Registered dietitian Cynthia Sass writes that a raw vegan diet is based on two principles: eating only 100% plant-based foods and eating foods that are not cooked above the temperature of 118ºF. Though following this diet may make it more challenging to get enough vitamins D and B12, calcium, iron and zinc, Sass explains it is effective in preventing people from consuming ultra-processed foods, which are associated with conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart diseases.
Full Story: Health (7/28) 
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Trends & Research
Biden: Schools should help children access vaccines
Biden (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Schools and pharmacies should prioritize children for coronavirus vaccination, President Joe Biden said Thursday. Biden encouraged school districts to hold pop-up vaccination clinics, and for pharmacies to prioritize children 12 and older for vaccines as well as to partner with districts to expand vaccination efforts.
Full Story: Education Week (7/29) 
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High quit rates in the US workforce should prompt managers to focus on employee fulfillment, passion and culture just as they monitor compensation and benefits, writes Alaina Love. Pay does matter, but "the other element to consider is how much fulfillment the employee is receiving from the work they're doing," Love writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (7/26) 
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SNA News
The #ANC21 virtual wellness challenge is in full swing so get ready to STEP into the possibilities and embrace the future. Post your activities and progress on social media to help spread the word and use the hashtags #SNAStrive2Thrive, #STEPSchampion and #Strive2Thrive -- we may share your content on social or in School Nutrition magazine! Visit the STEPS website to learn more.
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