Search

February 2006

Loading...

State Agencies
February 2006

Sometimes, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. As a school nutrition professional, you probably tend to focus most of your attention on operations at the local level. That’s an appropriate and natural approach--but from time to time, it’s important to highlight the creative dynamism of those members working in the state agencies, as well. You might be surprised by the unique projects and initiatives that come from the state agencies, as they administer the federal school meal programs. They truly are here to help you.

This is a time of incredible change in all of the federal child nutrition programs, and just as demands are rising for you, the demands on state administrators are escalating, too. To ensure that the new requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 are implemented in ways that the legislators intended, it is more important than ever that school nutrition operators network with their state administrators. In return, state child nutrition staff should provide the guidance and assistance to operators that they need to get their work done effectively.

With that in mind, SF&N explores the inner workings of state agencies--and the ways that they can benefit your operations. In “State of the States,” learn how state agencies are much more than bureaucratic enforcers of rules and regulations. Most offer a host of programs and services designed to support school nutrition operations, from training institutes and mentor programs to grant opportunities and help desks. How do state agencies work with school nutrition operators to help improve school meal programs? Let us count the ways! You will be inspired by this sampling of innovative projects, programs and initiatives.

Next, turn to “Government Relations” to understand the roles of various officials. Think of the government oversight of school nutrition programs as a large, extended family. It can be confusing and overwhelming to sort out how Great-aunt Annabel is linked to Baby Zach. But understanding the different connections helps to improve relationships. Barry Sackin, SFNS, SNA’s esteemed former staff vice president of public policy, guest authors this informative, but entertaining, article.

Whether you are cooking up a new recipe, visiting Capitol Hill or strengthening your relationship with your state agency, SF&N is here to help. Don’t forget to pick up next month’s issue as well, when SF&N covers National School Breakfast Week and National School Lunch Week!

Feb cover - lgState of the States Members Only
How do state agencies work with school nutrition operators to help improve school meal programs? Let us count the ways! You will be inspired by this sampling of innovative projects, programs and initiatives.

Government Relations Members Only
Think of the government oversight of school nutrition programs as a large, extended family. It can be confusing and overwhelming to sort out how Great-aunt Annabel is linked to Baby Zach. But understanding the different connections helps to improve our relationships.

 


 
Loading...

Contact Us Advertise on SNA Site Map Media Center Privacy Policy

© 2000 - 2014 School Nutrition Association, All Rights Reserved