November 2011



November 2011 SN Cover

November 2011
A Day on the Front Lines

Front-line school nutrition employees are among the unsung heroes of any community in this nation. No matter the specifics of your individual site or whether you are a novice school nutrition employee or a seasoned veteran, the November issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, offers tips and work techniques relevant to your everyday work.

The November issue also features an overview of the unique and fun ways that school nutrition professionals and their students celebrated National School Breakfast Week 2011. In addition, this month’s magazine takes a look at the creative approaches of a number of school nutrition operators when it comes to serving nutritious potato breakfasts as school nutrition professionals await the final U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations regarding the proposed elimination of “white potatoes” at breakfast and limitation of the product at lunch.

In “Make My Day,” a front-line school nutrition employee walks through a day in the life of her job, sharing both what she loves about the profession and the daily challenges that she faces.

Employees at all levels, from the dishroom worker to the cashier to the manager, must juggle many responsibilities under enormous time pressure. By applying some of the work simplification techniques in “Work Wonders,” you can improve your own efficiency and that of your coworkers.

While the specifics of individual sites vary and managers bring differing levels of experience to their positions, a number of fundamentals about how to manage the one common factor to any and all school nutrition operations—people—apply in any situation. Take a look at “Becoming the Best Boss” for six supervisory strategies that every manager should keep top of mind.

Working with school nutrition professionals, kids used their thinking caps, investigative skills—and some select disguises—during the “School Breakfast Detectives”-themed National School Breakfast Week in March. Check out “Mission Accomplished!” to see exactly how the clues came together.

In “A Hot Potato in the Morning,” be inspired by the innovative, healthy breakfast offerings of school nutrition operators whose enticing potato breakfasts bring their hungry students to the cafeteria in anticipation. Bonus Web Content: Included as part of this piece are a number of recipe ideas for serving potatoes at breakfast, including the winning recipes of the Wake Up to Excellence 2011 Recipe Contest from the Idaho Potato Commission. Be sure not to miss several additional online-only recipes.

Make My Day
For employees who work in school cafeterias, each day offers new challenges and opportunities to do the right thing.

Work Wonders
Boost efficiency and save yourself some time and stress by pledging to keep things simple.

Becoming the Best Boss
Successful strategies and fundamental advice for veteran and novice school nutrition managers.

Mission Accomplished!
Discovering the source of super energy proved to be no mystery for students and school nutrition professionals celebrating National School Breakfast Week 2011.

A Hot Potato in the Morning
Potatoes served in the a.m. may become a dicey proposition. Until then, school nutrition operators demonstrate some innovative potato power.


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