May 2008


Roundtable of Leaders/LAC Wrap -
May 2008

SN Mag - March 08 Cover

Meeting the current and future challenges of the K-12 school nutrition profession will take commitment, creativity, time and money. Use this month's issue of School Nutrition magazine to identify the major problems—and begin planning the best solutions.

In “Shop Talk,” join SN magazine's fourth annual Roundtable of Leaders as they discuss their thorniest difficulties and what inspires them to be passionate about the business of child nutrition. This year's participants included the following foodservice directors from districts large and small: Lilly Bouie of Little Rock (Ark.) School District; Geri Dee, SNS, of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, Hacienda Heights, Calif.; Paula Montgomery of Fairborn City (Ohio) School District; Connie Mueller, SNS, of Bloomington (Ill.) Public School District #87; Cheryl Sturgeon, SNS, of Jefferson County (Ky.) School District; Debbie Trujillo of Bernalillo (N.M.) Public Schools; and Loretta Zullo, SNS, of Mesa (Ariz.) Unified School District.

But to retain leaders like the members of this year's Roundtable-and to attract future leaders—a reality check may be in order. Read about the challenges that are mounting for school nutrition professionals in “Hard Truths.” From charge policies to the beef recall, will the latest crises spell doom for school nutrition, or can this profession rise above its troubles?

Next, take a look at answers to two hot issues: finding snacks that meet your local school wellness policy guidelines and providing online payment systems. In “Leader of the Snacks,” discover the new and reformulated products manufacturers are offering, plus creative ideas from colleagues across the nation. In “Safety You Can Bank On,” learn about the convenience of online payment systems and how to ensure that yours is safe from lawbreakers—and unexpected liabilities.

Of course, many potential solutions are bound up in the School Nutrition Association's legislative efforts. “Wish I May, Wish I Might” gives you an inside look at SNA's 2008 Legislative Action Conference, which took place in March in Washington, D.C. Advocates already are laying the groundwork for next year's reauthorization of the federal nutrition programs. Hard times are here—and all hands are needed. Be prepared with School Nutrition magazine.

Shop Talk lock
Participants in SN's fourth annual Roundtable of Leaders identified common problems—and shared passions.

Hard Truths lock
Challenges are mounting for school nutrition professionals. Take a look at eight concerns of '08.

Leader of the Snacks lock
Get to know some of the new, healthier snacks available to the school market.

Safety You Can Bank On? lock
Online payment systems offer great convenience—and serious risk. Find out what you need to know before you buy.

Wish I May, Wish I Might lock
At SNA's Legislative Action Conference, attendees started laying the groundwork for next year's reauthorization.



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