By Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, SNS, SNA President 2017-09-04 23:54:39
School Meals Matter to Kids and to Communities THERE IS SOMETHING VERY EXCITING ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL! It signals a fresh start, new opportunities and a renewed commitment to do the right things for the right reasons. I am reminded that each of us has the privilege of helping to shape the lives of some of the most important people in the world: our children. Our individual and collective work truly makes a difference in the world—not just for the school day, but for the months and years ahead. School meals matter. What we do is not only about nourishing the bodies and fueling the minds of children; it’s about nourishing their spirit. That’s why we ensure our meals are always nutritious, appealing, exciting and served in an environment of acceptance and inclusion. And that’s why a simple “thanks” or a bright smile offered in response to your efforts has the power to erase every job-related frustration. With child poverty and hunger at epidemic rates in the United States, school meals matter to students—and their parents—more than ever before. School meals also matter to teachers and principals, because well-nourished students respond better in the classroom, perform better academically and are less likely to experience behavioral problems at school; this means everyone can achieve their goals during the instructional day. School meals matter to local boards of education and other policymakers, because a well-educated and well-nourished student body provides more opportunities for area families to thrive. School meals matter to communities, because the school nutrition operation can help to provide jobs, as well as support local growers and other food vendors. So, with every nutritious, delicious meal you serve this year, never lose sight of all the many ways in which school meals matter. YOU make a difference in the world, one meal and one student at a time. On behalf of the 30+ million students whose lives you will affect in the coming year—and the parents, families, teachers, principals, elected officials and many others who also benefit from your hard work and dedication—thank you, in advance, for a job well-done! I wish each of you a meaningful and rewarding school year. I look forward to hearing all about your achievements, small and large, throughout the months ahead.
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