The School Food Revolution: School Nutrition Professionals - the Miracle Workers Running School Cafe



Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner  


The School Food Revolution: School Nutrition Professionals - the Miracle Workers Running School Cafeterias  


National Harbor, MD (May 3, 2011) Balancing tight budgets, complex nutrition regulations and strict food safety requirements, school nutrition professionals have their plates full, yet every school day they provide healthy meals to more than 32 million children across the country. This week (May 2-6), during School Nutrition Employee Week, the non-profit School Nutrition Association is celebrating the hard work and commitment of these men and women.

School nutrition professionals must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. They must guarantee their programs meet all the requirements of the federal Eligibility Manual for School Meals; effectively implement complex regulations such as Final Rule: School Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles and at all times ensure the lunches they serve provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron and calcium, among other standards. All of this must be achieved within the framework of a budget that leaves little more than $1 to purchase food for each meal.

In many cafeterias, school nutrition employees move hundreds of students through the lunch line with only a few seconds to ensure each tray contains the required components of a reimbursable meal, assist students with food allergies, ring up each meal and provide change.

In the face of these challenges, school nutrition professionals use their creativity to make the cafeteria a fun and welcoming place all year long and perform their jobs each day because they care passionately about the children they serve.

To see how much school nutrition professionals have been able to accomplish, be sure to visit

The School Nutrition Association is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.


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