By Julia Bauscher, SNS, SNA President 2015-02-27 19:21:53
A Rainbow of Rewards I don’t believe there is a more rewarding profession than school nutrition, do you? Every day, in school kitchens across the country, dedicated women and men prepare nutritious school meals for the benefit of millions of students. For many years, our programs revolved solely around prepping and serving school lunch and eventually school breakfast. Today, many school foodservice operations go even further, making snacks, suppers and meals when schools are closed a valuable part of their repertoire. In my own district, we recently introduced two Bus Stop Cafes, a mobile delivery service that provides summer meals to students where they live and play. We also have launched the CACFP supper program to support the district’s efforts in expanding afterschool enrichment programs. Why? Like so many of you, we want to ensure that all of the children in community have access to nutritious meals. This helps fulfill the original intent of the National School Lunch Act: to protect the safety and well-being of our children. I encourage you to check out the articles in this issue to learn ways that you, too, can go a little further to serve your community. Of course, these articles can share only a fraction of the best practices and ideas that are available. You’ll find much more if you join us in Salt Lake City for the 2015 Annual National Conference (ANC). This event is always the perfect opportunity to discover new ideas to improve your program. While some of you wary of the trek to Utah, I guarantee that ANC will engage and energize you to excel in all areas of your program! Check out all the details in the supplement found between pages 56 and 57. Finally, as many of us gather this month for the annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC), and the beginning of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) process, I want to remind you that while it sometimes feels like we’re alone on the front lines of school nutrition, we do have many friends who are great partners on a range of issues. These include the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Share Our Strength, Action for Healthy Kids, the Afterschool Alliance, the National Farm to School Network—and so many more than I have the room to list here. Even though we may not see eye-to-eye on every issue, we share a commitment to doing all we can to ensure our children grow up to be healthy adults. In closing this March column, my thoughts turn to leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold. Aren’t we fortunate to be able to follow our dreams and discover the amazing treasures we both receive and offer to others along the path of our rainbow? Enjoy the journey!
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