School Nutrition Showcases Professional Pride

November 5, 2013 – “Every year brings new, ever-more-complex challenges to operate or administer a school nutrition program. But these don’t slow you down or deter you. You remain rightfully proud of your profession and the role you play in children’s health, education and achievement,” writes SNA Chief Executive Offer Patricia Montague, CAE in her column in the November issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication. This issue celebrates the work of school nutrition professionals, in addition to featuring the dual perspectives of directors and managers shared during the magazine’s Roundtable of Leaders and checking in with the “school chefs” of The Food Network’s “Chopped.”

The perspectives from directors and managers who participated in School Nutrition’s 9th annual Roundtable of Leaders offer great food for thought about school nutrition operations today. “Proud Partners” features some of the highlights. Bonus Web Content: Learn about how Roundtable of Leaders participants started in school nutrition, the attractions of the job that help them to endure the frustrations and their aspirations for the future.

What made one school nutrition professional realize she was much more than “just a lunch lady”? “Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Lunch Lady” explores the bigger role of school meals and why the work of school nutrition professionals matters.

School Nutrition catches up with contestants from both school chef-themed episodes of “Chopped” to learn what inspiring effects being on the show had on their personal and professional lives, in “First-Class Passion.”

“Go Places Together!” highlights how you can share your pride in school nutrition and service to kids by recruiting others to join SNA—you might even win a trip to Miami, Fla., or Salt Lake City, Utah, for your efforts!

School breakfast earned the red carpet treatment from California to New York and every star-studded state in between during National School Breakfast Week 2013. Take a behind-the-scenes look in “A Shining Celebration of School Breakfast.” Bonus Web Content: Students from all across the country submitted heartfelt entries to the NSBW 2013 Writing Contest. Don’t miss the entries by some of the runners-up.

Take a look at some new research findings that will help you make the case for school breakfast, as well as more resources to help you overcome the obstacles to expanding breakfast service in your schools and districts, in “A Wellness Wake-up Call.”

Pack your bags for a world tour of breakfast menus as showcased in “Around the World by 8 A.M.” Bonus Web Content: Be sure to check out a list of the resources used for this article, along with descriptions and photos for some of the items mentioned and additional international-themed breakfast recipes, in online-only content.

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