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2010 LAC Pre Con

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

Special Meals for Special Kids: Providing Meals to Students with Special Diets
Speakers: Amy Branum, MSPH, Health Statistician, National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Amy Harkey, MS, RD, LDN, Assistant Director of Child Nutrition Services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, N.C.; Coletta Hines-Newell, SNS, Director of Food Services, Arlington Heights (Ill.) School District 25; Julie Skolmowski, SNS, Food Safety Specialist USDA Food and Nutrition Service; Tami Trost, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, USDA; Wendy Weyer, RD, Administrative Dietitian, Seattle (Wash.) Public Schools

Food allergies and intolerances encompass far more than just peanut allergies. School nutrition programs also must serve students with special dietary needs, including gluten-free diets, phenylketonuria (PKU), and liquid diets. In this session, learn about these food allergies, intolerances and special dietary concerns, and understand the legalities of providing meals for students with special dietary needs from a USDA lawyer. In the final hour, a special school nutrition director’s panel will discuss their strategies for providing meals to students with special diets. Cost: $100; CEUs: 3; Key Area 1

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM

Fiscal Challenges, Budgeting Solutions and Grant Writing Techniques
Speakers: Julie Abrera, Director, School Nutrition Foundation; Mary Kate Harrison, MS, RD, SNS, General Manager of Student Nutrition Services, Hillsborough County (Fla.) School District; Lynn Harvey, State Director, North Carolina Public Schools; C. Lincoln Pierce, Child Nutrition Director, Bethel (Wash.) School District; Mary Swift, SNS, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Albuquerque (N.M.) Public Schools

Do you struggle with the controversial question of how to manage delinquent meal charges and the havoc they wreak on your school foodservice budget? Do you grapple with escalating indirect costs? Are you scrounging for new ways to stretch every penny and maintain your program’s fiscal integrity? You are not alone! Find out how these challenges are impacting school nutrition programs across the nation, hear how some school districts are rising to the challenge and learn some unique tactics for controlling costs and maximizing your resources. In addition to these challenges, come and learn strategies on how to grow your resources by developing your skills in writing successful and effective grant requests. Cost: $100; CEUs: 3; Key Area 3