PARTNERSHIPS Creative Collaboration Earns Kudos The ongoing obesity epidemic and the serious health consequences that result inspires many food and health experts from outside the school nutrition profession to lend their expertise to the cause. But when well-intentioned efforts fly in the face of regulatory and budget restrictions, SNA members can be left feeling burned. Thus, when The Washington Post published a December 2015 article announcing renowned fine-dining chef Daniel Giusti’s plans to (according to the paper’s headline) “fix” school lunches, Association members should be forgiven if they bristled with wary concern. SNA President Jean Ronnei, SNS, however, saw in this news the opportunity for creative collaboration. Ronnei reached out to Chef Giusti and invited him to visit her St. Paul, Minn., school district, as well as several others in the Twin Cities area. He accepted, joining her, along with Stacy Koppen, St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Nutrition Services director, Mary Anderson, Culinary Express supervisor, Wayzata Public Schools; Bertrand Weber, Culinary and Nutrition Services director, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS); Julie Powers, RD, SNS, Nutrition Services & Purchasing supervisor, Stillwater Public Schools; Deb Lukkonen, SNS, School Nutrition Programs supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education, FNS; and Melissa Anderson, School Food Service director, Holdingford Schools, in an engaging two-day visit that included tours of three district operations, a Directors Roundtable discussion and a Chefs Roundtable dinner. “The members of their teams were so gracious in sharing any information that they thought could be helpful in any way to my future venture,” Giusti reports. He was inquisitive, Ronnei adds, asking all the right questions about running a business on such tight margins. In sampling menu items at the different districts, “I really was extremely excited to see the quality,” Giusti declares. “There are, of course, many challenges to producing high quality, nutritious and tasty school meals and you quite often hear people saying it is not possible. [But] after visiting the schools in Minnesota, I know it is very possible.” This incredibly successful visit just goes to show what a difference can be made in people’s opinions if you simply reach out. Invite restauranteurs, community members, vocal opponents, media, legislators and potential partners to visit your school cafeterias and learn more about the elements of a successful school meal program. To get started, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/MarketingComm/Media-Outreach and click on “Cafeteria Site Visits 101.” RESEARCH Breakfast Scorecard Shows Improvement Congratulations to school nutrition professionals in West Virginia, who have been working tirelessly to serve school breakfast to low-income children in their communities. In the recently released School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the Mountain State ranked No. 1 when it came to the percent of students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals also participating in school breakfast. Some key numbers from the Scorecard: • On an average day in SY 2014-15, 11.7 million students eligible to receive free and reduced-price school meals also ate school breakfast. This constitutes a 4.2% increase nationwide. • Three states—West Virginia, New Mexico and the District of Columbia—surpassed FRAC’s goal of reaching 70 low-income children for breakfast of every 100 who ate lunch. • Two states—Utah and New Hampshire—fell significantly short of the goal and served fewer than 40 free or reduced-price-eligible students of every 100 eating school lunch. • Overall, 44 states increased free and reduced-price school breakfast participation. • Nationwide, on an average day, 54.3 low-income children participated in the School Breakfast Program of every 100 that ate school lunch. FRAC also released the Scorecard’s companion report, School Breakfast: Making It Work in Large School Districts ,” which reviewed trends and best practices for increasing participation in school breakfast among low-income children. The report notes that of the 3 large, mostly urban districts surveyed, 23 (more than double from the previous year) achieved FRAC’s 70:100 benchmark. This can be attributed to service strategies that enhance access to the morning meal, such as breakfast in the classroom, second chance breakfast and universal free breakfast. To read both of these FRAC reports, visit http://tinyurl.com/FRACBrkfstRpts. TECHNOLOGY A Digital Deep Clean It’s Spring—time to get your house spic and span! Once you’ve put away the broom and feather duster, stored away those woolen blankets and sorted through the pantry, turn your attention to another type of spring cleaning: a digital one. You probably don’t realize how much stuff you’re hoarding on your phone, tablet and computer and within your various online accounts. Take the time to purge—here’s what to target: • Old Apps. If your gadget is running slowly, it’s probably because you’re low on space. Those apps that you downloaded and used once? Get rid of ’em. And, please, delete Candy Crush, too. It’s time. • Social Network Logins. Open up Facebook, navigate to Settings and then Apps—you might be shocked to find out how many different websites use your Facebook credentials as a log-in. Close out the ones that you don’t regularly use. • Contacts. What’s the use in scrolling through the names of dozens of people you haven’t talked to in five years? Delete! • Junk Email. If the alerts on your smartphone about how many emails you have in your inbox have been driving you crazy, take those unread emails down to zero. While you’re at it, unsubscribe from all those mailing lists. • Pinterest. You pinned that short ribs recipe with the best of intentions, but let’s face it—you’re never going to make it. Go through your Pinterest board, delete the pins that you’re never going to get to and organize the rest into categories so you can easy access the ideas when you need them. • Digital Photos. Cull through and delete anything that’s out-of-focus, poorly lit and repetitive. Keep the best, discard everything else. And use this opportunity to back up your photos on another media (the Cloud, a desktop, a DVD or all of the above) to ensure you won’t lose these in a systems crash. Of course, you can take this time to actually clean your devices, too. Pick up some wipes or a spray that’s made for electronics and clean off the screens of your phone, tablet and computer. WORD PLAY Say What? You know that feeling when you have a word on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t remember what it is? It turns out that there’s a word for that—lethologica, or the inability to put your finger on the right word. If you browse the dictionary, you might find that there’s a lot of words that you never knew existed—and many more are being added in our language each year! Some of the following might prove helpful in everyday conversations! • Overmorrow: The day that follows tomorrow. I’ll be here tomorrow, but I have a doctor’s appointment overmorrow. • Factot um: The employee or assistant who does just about everything. Let’s hope that Jane never retires, because she’s the factotum for our department! • Hobbledehoy: An awkward, gawky youth. I was quite the hobbledehoy when I was a teen, but a makeover helped. • Squabash: The act of crushing with criticism. I thought I nailed the term paper, but the teacher squabashed my spirits. • Gongoozle: To stare at. Her outfit was so colorful that I couldn’t help but gongoozle it. • Snollygoster: An unscrupulous yet shrewd person. That snollygoster won’t get my vote, but his campaign is so good that he might win. • Borborygmi: The rumbling sound an empty stomach makes. Sorry about my borborygmi; I skipped breakfast this morning! However, some of those words can be very helpful when you can’t think of the right way to say what’s on your mind. Work one of them into a conversation with friends, and your pals might think you’re quite adroit (that means clever). Enter to WIN Getting Eggy With It Submit your original recipe featuring Eggland’s Best Eggs, plus your favorite home state-inspired ingredient, for a chance to win $10,000. Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe” contest is open for submissions until April 29, whether you’re going to give your Eggs Benedict a boost with some Louisiana crawfish or use Georgia peaches in your Peach Custard Pie. For official contest rules and to submit your original recipes, visit www.egglandsbest.com/americasbestrecipe. Save the Date(s) Visit www.saveyourkitchen.com and simply enter your school’s information and you will find yourself eligible for a chance to win a free piece of Traulsen’s lunchline equipment. The first winner will be picked on School Lunch Hero Day (SLHD), May 6, and the contest is now open to enter. Mark your calendar to check back on SLHD. You didn’t win? You have two more chances—Traulsen will pick another winner from among those who enter between May 7 and July 17 (selected during SNA’s Annual National Conference), and a third winner from among those who enter between July 18 and October 17 (during National School Lunch Week in October). The contest is open to K-12 foodservice professionals only. Short and Sweet You could win $500 by entering Taste of Home’s 5-Ingredient Everything Recipe Contest. If your favorite original recipe is short and sweet (five ingredients or less!), visit www.tasteofhome.com/contests. Submit your entry by April 21. Fuel up the Kitchen Early in February, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Paul Rovey, dairy farmer and leader of the National Dairy Council (NDC), announced the availability of $35 million in grants to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure in order to offer students better access to nutritious foods. The grants are made possible through a partnership between USDA, NFL, NDC and GENYOUth via Fuel Up to Play 60. Schools can apply for USDA funding through their state agency, or for funds from Fuel Up directly through the organization’s website, www.fueluptoplay60.com. In both cases, funding must be used to support the purchase of new equipment and/or the renovation/replacement of equipment. The deadline is June 30. Visit www.fns.usda.gov/nslp-equipmentassistance-grants. A Bright Idea Knouse Foodservice congratulates five winners of its first Musselman’s® Bright Apples Sweepstakes for K-12 schools. The sweepstakes ran from August 1 through October 31, 2015, to celebrate National Apple Months. Out of more than 700 entrants, five prize winners were selected at random. Each prize winner received a $500 American Express® gift card to use for school improvements, as well as an apple tree seedling to plant at school. The five winners are Schrader Elementary in New Port Richey, Fla., Greenbrook Elementary in Hanover Park, Ill., Westchester Intermediate School in Chesterton, Ind., Bakerfield Elementary in Aberdeen, Md., and Arendtsville (Pa.) Elementary. To learn more about Musselman’s Apple Sauce, visit www.knousefoodservice.com/single-serveapple-sauce. Making Memories Does your favorite recipe provoke a fond memory? Enter it in the 2017 Mrs. Blum’s Recipe Contest. Recipes must be original and include measurements and complete instructions. Mail your entry to Mrs. Blum’s Recipe Contest, 3301 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. No faxes or emails. The deadline is May 1, and the grand-prize winner will earn $500. Calendar16 Apr16 APR. 1-3 2016 Annual Conference, International Association of Culinary Professionals Los Angeles; www.iacp.com APR. 6-7 National Food Policy Conference, Consumer Federation of America Washington, D.C.; www.consumerfed.org APR. 8-12 2016 Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association Washington, D.C.; www.aera.net APR. 9-11 76th NSBA Annual Conference, National School Boards Association Boston; www.nsba.org APR. 16-20 Conference for Food Protection Boise, Idaho; www.foodprotect.org APR. 24-28 2016 International Education Conference, The Clute Institute Washington, D.C.; www.cluteinstitute.com May16 MAY 9-11 Annual Conference, American Commodity Distribution Association St. Pete Beach, Fla.; www.commodityfoods.com MAY 10-12 Food Safety Summit Expo & Conference Rosemont, Ill.; www.foodsafetysummit.com MAY 14-15 FARE National Food Allergy Conference, Food Allergy Research & Education Orlando, Fla.; www.foodallergy.org MAY 21-24 NRA Show 2016 Chicago; https://show.restaurant.org June16 JUNE 5-7 Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo, International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Houston; www.iddba.org JUNE 20-22 United Fresh Convention, United Fresh Produce Association Chicago; www.unitedfreshshow.org DateBOOK April National Pecan Month School Library Month National Park Week (Apr. 23-30) World Health Day (Apr. 7) Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday (Apr. 13) Boston Marathon (Apr. 18) Earth Day (Apr. 22) Passover Begins (Apr. 22) National Arbor Day (Apr. 29) May National Barbecue Month National Egg Month National Hamburger Month National Salad Month National Salsa Month National Strawberry Month National Teacher Appreciation Week(May 2-6) Children’s Book Week (May 2-8) Orthodox Easter (May 1) School Principals’ Day (May 1) Cinco de Mayo (May 5) School Lunch Hero Day (May 6) National Nurses Day (May 6) Kentucky Derby (May 7) Mother’s Day (May 8) National School Nurse Day (May 11) Memorial Day (May 30) June LGBT Pride Month National Dairy Month National Rose Month National Zoo and Aquarium Month Turkey Lovers’ Month National Running Day (June 1) Hot Air Balloon Day (June 5) National Cancer Survivors Day (June 5) D-Day Anniversary (June 6) World Ocean’s Day (June 8) Judy Garland’s Birthday (June 10) Anne Frank’s Birthday (June 12) Flag Day (June 14) U.S. Army Anniversary (June 14) Father’s Day (June 19) First Day of Summer (June 20) International Surfing Day (June 20) DoYouYoga.com Video Series www.youtube.com/user/DoYouYoga Get started with a yoga practice at home by following along with DOYOUYOGA’s short videos, available for free on YouTube. Choose from “Yoga for Awesome Posture,” “Yoga for Core Strength,” “Yoga for the Office” and more. Overeaters Anonymous www.oa.org Struggling with food addiction? You’re not alone. Find support and information with Overeaters Anonymous, which aids those who suffer from compulsive overeating, as well as anorexia, binge eating and other eating disorders and even over-exercising, using a 12-step program as its foundation. DogVacay www.dogvacay.com Going out of town without Fido? Find a pet sitter that can watch your pooch (or kitty!) overnight or come daily for walks and playtime. Best of all, it’s free to use!
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