You’re Never Too Experienced to Earn an SNS

2017-04-14

SNA School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Katie Bambacht

What Katie Bambacht Gained From Earning Her SNS Credential:

  • Enhanced expertise and understanding of all aspects of school foodservice operations
  • Demonstrates commitment to the school nutrition profession
  • Improved credibility and communication with district officials and industry leaders
  • Expanded knowledge base

The following is the second in a series of news stories highlighting SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program.

Does there ever become a point when you think you’ve learned all there is to know about school nutrition?

Katie Bambacht, RD, doesn’t think so. Named director of School Nutrition at National Dairy Council (NDC) in August 2016, Bambacht had been heavily involved in the School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, so she had plenty of experience working with and around schools, along with child development centers. In addition, being a registered dietitian, Bambacht had a strong background in menu planning, nutrition management, USDA regulations, food safety and sanitation.

Yet, when the opportunity came to earn a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credential from SNA this January, she didn’t hesitate.

“I had been in the school nutrition profession for quite a while,” says Bambacht. “Now employed with National Dairy Council, I wanted to show my commitment to the school nutrition profession and also, gain a greater understanding in the areas of school nutrition management that I had little or no experience in – mostly in the financial management and the human resources side.

“In order to fully comprehend and do my job to the best of my ability, I felt that I needed to understand schools at all angles, and not just as a registered dietitian. The SNS exam provided an opportunity to broaden my knowledge base on school nutrition management and acquire key information that I felt that I was missing.”

As director of School Nutrition, one aspect of Bambacht’s job is to partner with school nutrition thought leaders and partner organizations such as SNA. Attending numerous meetings and conferences with many associations, she interacts with a number of school nutrition directors.

“A focus of National Dairy Council is to provide school partners and schools with science-based education about the nutrition and health benefits that dairy foods provide,” explained Bambacht. “Taking the SNS exam gave me an overall feel of everything school nutrition directors have on their plate. Earning the SNS helped in my efforts to communicate more effectively with school nutrition professionals.”

While Bambacht studied long and hard, she felt the effort was well worth it.

“It was a difficult exam and I take a lot of pride in passing,” says Bambacht. “It’s a great statement to have the SNS associated with your name because it demonstrates your commitment to the school nutrition profession and it provides you with improved credibility with not only school directors but with my fellow industry members.”

Learn how you can join Katie Bambacht and many foodservice professionals by earning your SNS. Get started today!

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