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The School Food Revolution: School Nutrition Professionals - the Miracle Workers Running School Cafeterias

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Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
301-686-3075 Ext.
dpratt-heavner@schoolnutrition.org

The School Food Revolution: School Nutrition Professionals - the Miracle Workers Running School Cafeterias

National Harbor, MD (May 3, 2011) Balancing tight budgets, complex nutrition regulations and strict food safety requirements, school nutrition professionals have their plates full, yet every school day they provide healthy meals to more than 32 million children across the country. This week (May 2-6), during School Nutrition Employee Week, the non-profit School Nutrition Association is celebrating the hard work and commitment of these men and women.

School nutrition professionals must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. They must guarantee their programs meet all the requirements of the federal Eligibility Manual for School Meals; effectively implement complex regulations such as Final Rule: School Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles and at all times ensure the lunches they serve provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron and calcium, among other standards. All of this must be achieved within the framework of a budget that leaves little more than $1 to purchase food for each meal.

In many cafeterias, school nutrition employees move hundreds of students through the lunch line with only a few seconds to ensure each tray contains the required components of a reimbursable meal, assist students with food allergies, ring up each meal and provide change.

In the face of these challenges, school nutrition professionals use their creativity to make the cafeteria a fun and welcoming place all year long and perform their jobs each day because they care passionately about the children they serve.

To see how much school nutrition professionals have been able to accomplish, be sure to visit www.TrayTalk.org.

The School Nutrition Association is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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School Nutrition Association Announces New CEO

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Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
301-686-3124 Ext.
dpratt-heavner@schoolnutrition.org

School Nutrition Association Announces New CEO

National Harbor, MD (May 3, 2011) – On June 20, 2011, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) will welcome Frank DiPasquale as he transitions to SNA’s Chief Executive Officer. He will take over for Barbara Belmont, who is retiring on July 31 after 18 years of service.

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DiPasquale, most recently the Executive Vice President of the National Grocers Association (NGA), has extensive experience in association management and specializes in food and nutrition advocacy. Among his many accomplishments during his more than 14 years with NGA, DiPasquale developed the Farmer Goes to Market Program, a model for the US Department of Agriculture’s local and sustainable food initiative, “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” He also was co-developer of the PBS series Food Sense. Prior to his position with NGA, DiPasquale served as Corporate Director, Human Resources Management and Operational Services for Kmart International Headquarters.

“SNA’s Board of Directors is very excited to welcome Frank DiPasquale to SNA as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer,” said School Nutrition Association President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS. “After a long and thorough search process, we believe Frank is exactly the right person to take the reins at SNA and guide the Association as we embrace change and move forward with the important work ahead of us.”

SNA represents over 53,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. The Association was founded in 1946 as the American School Food Service Association, the same year President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. Located in Denver until 1989, the Association was moved to the Washington, DC area by the Board of Directors to enhance advocacy efforts on behalf of good nutrition and education for all school children. The name of the Association was changed to School Nutrition Association in 2004.

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