By Jean Ronnei, SNS, SNA President 2016-01-25 16:49:14
I Can’t Help Falling in Love I sometimes wonder if I’m crazy for loving this profession so much. It truly was “love at first sight” when I started at Saint Paul Public Schools nearly three decades ago. A lot has changed for all of us and our program s over that time, but don’t you agree that there is nothing like working in school nutrition? We are, quite literally, feeding the future of America! It’s an honor, a privilege and a responsibility I’ve always cherished. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of the love we share for serving students healthy and delicious meals. You really have to spend a day in a school kitchen to understand all that it takes to get food onto student trays! Make sure you’re finding ways to bring your heart into your work. Not only will you do a better job when care, but you’ll enjoy it that much more! Chris Kamradt, Child Nutrition Services director for Spring Branch ISD in Houston, Texas, fell in love with school nutrition during his first week on the job. Having worked in many different foodservice segments, from fine dining to prison foodservice, Chris was blown away by the power of school meals. “I can’t think of any other job, except maybe medicine, where you get that immediate satisfaction of a little kid coming up and hugging you around the knees to thank you,” he says. As a member of SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee, Chris worries that our important work is sometimes under-valued and misunderstood. But he loves how SNA helps to connect professionals from all over the country to work together to change perceptions and keep improving. “I’ve never met a group more willing to literally pull you by the elbow and tell you a better way to do things—in a very collaborative, friendly, loving way, of course,” he insists. The support and love SNA members give one another is so important to the success of our organization. Member Services Committee Chair Renée Hanks credits the compassionate people she’s met through SNA with helping her grow professionally and personally. “My term on the SNA Board has not only helped me grow professionally, but it has given me a heightened sense of self-worth at a time when it has become very challenging to ‘keep my chin up.’ I have often felt like I was fighting a losing battle trying to run a financially sound program, and my SNA friends are in that fight with me,” she affirms. Whether you find your true love for school nutrition in the kitchen, cafeteria, office or at an SNA event, I hope you’ll spend some time this month falling in love with our profession.
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