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School Nutrition: Can We Agree to Disagree?

December 2019 Issue of School Nutrition Magazine

Let’s be honest: If we composed our inner circles of just individuals who had the same views and opinions as ourselves, life would be a little bland. Learning the differing viewpoints of others and gaining alternative perspectives makes life a little more fun and interesting. It’s good for each of us to get outside our comfort zone and learn more about the world. And our varying opinions can often lead to friendly discourse—again, making life more interesting and illuminating.

But there are some topics that are understandably hard to broach— climate change, immigration and contract management companies are on that list. However, if not handled correctly, these conversations could elevate into heated debates. In this latest edition of School Nutrition, we are tackling those hard-to-discuss topics with insightful, research-packed articles.

But before we tackle those hard topics, let’s agree to disagree. Disagreement is good and create a healthy and robust workplace. Hear from the experts why this kind of discourse is important, but also learn how to handle it properly. Now, let’s move onto the hard stuff: Mother Earth is getting hotter and it is already impacting American agriculture, and research suggests the effects will get worse. With changing climate patterns and American farmers scrambling, school meal operations could start feeling the consequences in several years.

Immigration is one reason American school populations are growing and with more students in classes, it equates for more mouths to feed in schools. And it can create some complications for school communities and school nutrition departments.

And finally, self-operating and contract-managed school foodservice programs share a common goal: feeding children health school meals. But, does it matter if the driving motivation is financial or humanitarian? Is the K-12 segment big enough to accommodate both approaches?

Feeling spicy and want to share your love for robust flavor with your students? Curry some favor with your adventurous eaters with curry spice! Complex and zingy, curry dishes are often synonymous with India, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many countries have their own variation of curry using differing spices, sauces and cooking techniques. Learn curry’s origin story and score some great recipes, too!

What songs got students grooving and were on your school nutrition program’s playlist during October’s National School Lunch Week (NSLW)? With a big encore, we’re reliving our favorite NSLW chart-topping songs, solos and moments from this awesome annual event.

And, as the new decade is right around the corner, are you ready to spread the love and give back? Next month, School Nutrition will be helping you give back to your communities with an issue jam-packed with tips on volunteering. You’ll learn where to find volunteer opportunities (even how to volunteer without leaving your couch!), and how to bust through common challenges. Plus, we’ll give you lots of motivation with inspiring stories of how people donate their time. All that and more will be in the January 2020 edition of School Nutrition!

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