Behind the Apron: The Current State of School Nutrition Programs in America
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 16, 2005 – Childhood obesity and adequate funding ranked as the most pressing issues facing school nutrition professionals nationwide. In response, school districts are offering more fresh fruits and vegetables and skim milk, and are involving students in taste tests of new menu items.
These are just a few of the findings of the 2005 Operations Survey Report released today by the School Nutrition Association (formerly the American School Food Service Association). The report, last released in March 2003, benchmarks detailed information on operational issues impacting school nutrition programs. With an overwhelming response rate, the 2005 report more accurately reflects the distribution of school districts nationwide.
This ‘state of school nutrition programs in America,’ covers demographics and operational parameters, programs and policies, breakfast and lunch service, food safety, foodservice budget issues, marketing and customer service and pressing issues. Among the results of the survey were the following:
The 2005 Operations Survey, Final Report represents the feedback of 1,434 school foodservice directors from districts in 49 states. The survey was conducted between January and March 2005. Copies of the full report can be ordered from the School Nutrition Association’s online bookstore at www.schoolnutrition.org.
The School Nutrition Association (formerly ASFSA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 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. Founded in 1946, 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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