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What types of unique operational and administrative challenges do K-12 serving sites on Native American reservations, military bases and other locations geared toward special populations face? The October issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, showcases the operational differences—and similarities—experienced by school nutrition operations on unique serving sites. Also included are a round-up of the best and brightest Exhibit Hall offerings at SNA’s Annual National Conference that were identified by School Nutrition’s team of Secret Shoppers and a focus on creative ways to menu beef.
What happens when the old-fashioned practices of Hutterite colonies bump up against the regulations and procedures required for participation in the federal child nutrition programs? Learn more in “Colony Kids.”
At behavior management sites and juvenile detention centers, school nutrition professionals must adapt to the needs of customers with emotional, physical or criminal issues. “Challenging Children” sheds light on what it’s like operating a school nutrition program in these settings.
In many ways, military bases are complex worlds unto themselves, with their own housing, shopping, recreational activities and dining. “Faces on Bases” explores what a school nutrition program looks like in this environment.
The limited sovereignty of American Indian reservations can make for various administrative, political and legal complications. Does this hold true when it comes to school meals? “Tribal Tots” offers a look. Bonus Web Content: Casinos’ profits are used on a number of American Indian reservations to fund reservation-related educational initiatives. Don’t miss online-exclusive content on this topic, as well as an overall look at casinos as a potential solution to reduce poverty on reservations.
For the fourth year at SNA’s Annual National Conference, School Nutrition recruited a discerning group of volunteer “Secret Shoppers,” who were charged with seeking out the most exciting items on display in the Exhibit Hall in Kansas City. Check out “Secret Shopper: KC ‘Masterpieces’” for the team’s discoveries. Bonus Web Content: Another 10 “honorable mention” standouts from the Exhibit Hall can be viewed online.
“Beef: It’s What’s for School Lunch” provides a fresh perspective on this popular and nutrient-rich protein and puts the spotlight on some creative new menu options to impress your student customers. Bonus Web Content: Check out some additional flavorful, beef-based recipes.