Niche populations may be set apart by certain unique traditions or special needs, but the fundamentals of school nutrition still apply. When the School Nutrition team set out to explore how school meal operations might vary in special population settings, we had high expectations for discovering a wide range of unique operational and administrative challenges. Surely there would be distinctive menu preferences in Native American tribal communities or extra security requirements on military bases and so on. Right? What we found, however, is that while these types of serving sites do face unique challenges, they are no more unusual than the everyday surprises encountered by K-12 operators all across the country. One of the hallmarks of this foodservice segment is that nothing is “typical.” Operational differences abound—from state to state, district to district and even among schools within a district. So, while we found relatively little that set apart these special settings from a general school nutrition administration perspective, we are delighted to continue the magazine’s longstanding tradition of showcasing wildly different operations meeting the needs of children wherever they are.
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