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Your Big Ideas for School Nutrition

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Over 300 excellent ideas have been submitted to the ANC Big Ideas Sweepstakes so far. Here are just a few of the BIG ideas sent in by your colleagues on how to help school nutrition programs thrive:

“I expanded my school breakfast program to include the parents, but made it convenient for them. In the car rider drop-off line, we have a hot breakfast cart that sells nutritious and delicious breakfasts to the parents after they drop their children off for school. The parents pull up to the curb, roll down their window and breakfast is served. It has been a great opportunity for the cafeteria to increase breakfast participation. Students see their parents eating and they want to have breakfast, too. In addition, parents are finding out that the breakfasts we serve taste great and are affordable.” – Lisa Douglas, Orange County Public Schools, Florida

“Develop a logo for your child nutrition department, add a tagline and make it meaningful (related to education/nutrition). We use our new logo and tagline on everything—our website, letterhead, envelopes, menus, mailers, etc. We feel it makes us more recognizable and credible.” – Catherine Giza, SNS, Chandler Unified School District, Arizona

“We have kitchen managers contact our director when they are implementing something new in their kitchen, such as a new recipe, new equipment, promotions or merchandising. We videotape the “Big Idea” in the kitchen and use it for a training tool at a managers meeting. At the end of the school year the best “Big Ideas” are made into a foodservice best practices CD for the whole district to view. This really helps increase participation.” – Gary Dodds, SNS, Lake County Schools, Florida

“In honor of the last year for the Oprah Show, our nutrition department will start a Book Club. Members will be gathering to read only one book, the ServSafe manual. We will serve refreshments and go over the manual chapter by chapter. After every member is trained, we will bring in a proctor to administer the ServSafe test. Our goal is to certify all nutritional staff members in the St. Joseph School District.” –  Roxanne Silvey, St. Joseph School District, Missouri

It’s not too late to submit your BIG Idea for school nutrition and be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three (3) free ANC 2010 Dallas registrations*. The deadline to receive big ideas entries is April 30, 2010. Enter today at

(*Prize includes one (1) annual conference registration fee only and does not include land transportation, airfare, meals, hotel accommodation or any other expenses. No purchase necessary. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. For complete rules and regulations, click here.)


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