School nutrition professionals in South Carolina are reporting an uptick in demand for free school meals as schools are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Meantime, officials report the pandemic has affected food availability and are seeking leeway from the federal government for the types of foods eligible for federal reimbursement.
School nutrition professionals in Minnesota continue to go to work each day -- along with other essential employees on the front lines of the pandemic -- to serve meals to students while schools are closed. Shannon Wolner, the kitchen manager for one district said, "Every day, everybody here puts in 100% and we're exhausted at the end of the day, but just to be feeding over a thousand students a day or more is exciting for us."
Suggestions for being a mindful eater include having set meal times during the day, focusing on food and not distractions while eating and choosing snacks responsibly, dietitians said. Registered dietitian nutritionist Sydney Greene said to watch out for portion sizes if snacks are in a bag or box, and use a plate or bowl to limit amounts.
FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on Thursday said US food supply chains are strong despite a rush on some items -- such as toilet paper, rice, beans and some baking ingredients -- that may be caused by state lockdowns. Yiannas also said there is no evidence that COVID-19, the infection caused by the novel coronavirus, is associated with food or food packaging.
Employers should look for adaptability in new hires as these candidates are well-equipped to take on new tasks and learn new skills and technologies. Signs of adaptability in a candidate are resilience, innovation and calmness under pressure, writes Jill Chapman.
Breathing exercises, journaling and seeking inspiration are three small ways you can help yourself navigate stress during crisis, write Dr. David Fessell and Daniel Goleman. "These gentle reminders of the good we are doing can help shift our perspective to a higher level, one of heightened awareness of our interconnectedness and common humanity," they write.
The Training Zone has broadened its focus on COVID-19-related topics for its webinars and resources, to help school nutrition professionals navigate new guidelines for student feeding during school closures. As new bills are passed, and USDA waivers are released, the Training Zone is here to make sure you understand the latest developments, so that you can stay focused on your districts.