Read the February Issue of School Nutrition Magazine


february-cover2020Emerging technologies offer exciting opportunities for both our personal and professional lives. Today’s tech is continually evolving with the intent to make our lives a little easier, and it’s the topic for discussion in the February edition of School Nutrition. There is a smartphone app for just about everything and you can even link your smartphone to your toaster, refrigerator or dog’s collar. And today’s tech advances certainly trickle into the school nutrition realm, which can streamline processes, boost meal participation, create efficiency, pave the way for future innovations and so much more.

Thanks to your smartphone, you’ve probably placed an order for a sandwich, coffee or even your groceries. But did you ever think that mobile ordering could help boost school lunch participation? School nutrition directors across the country have implemented mobile ordering—for both secondary students and school staff to great success—and you can learn how they made implementation a boon for business.

And speaking of mobile phones, did you know the average smartphone user has over 35 apps on their phone? From mobile banking to books to fitness motivation to parking space reservations, there’s an app for that. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of near-50 smartphone apps that have genuine app-eal. But despite their usefulness and total-life integration, we have become increasingly reliant on our smartphones—but just how smart are they and how smart are we to continually rely on them? It may be time for our smart tech to take an IQ test.

Hungry for more? Raspberries are one cute fruit! With a sharp-yet-sweet flavor and a delightful chew, raspberries are an incredibly versatile fruit that can be utilized in dressings, dips, breakfasts and savory dishes. This month we’re showcasing this well-loved berry, with a multitude of tasty recipes and fun factoids! While school may not be in session on National Raspberry Day (August 1), you can certainly celebrate the raspberry in your cafeteria through creative red recipes, red balloon clusters and other raspberry décor!

Evora Nichole Taylor recognizes that her path to SNA state leadership was not linear, but she is so grateful for the journey. A passionate foodie, lover of gardening and one-time restaurant sous chef, Taylor is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and work side-by-side with her employees. The current president of School Nutrition Association Pennsylvania and the Director of Food Services Chichester (Pa.) School District, Taylor does it all with a smile on her face. Get inspired by Taylor’s leadership story!

Whether you eat it first-thing in the morning or take inspiration from beloved breakfast foods and serve them at dinner, breakfast is a pretty great meal. Coined as the “most important meal of the day,” breakfast helps set the daily tone for young learners in particular. Implementation of breakfast-in-the-classroom programs have helped students—regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds—get a leg up on learning. From scratch-cooked breakfast ideas to how to engage the school’s principal in the program, the breakfast bonanza happening in the March edition of School Nutrition will have your mouth watering!

All that and more can be found in this issue of School Nutrition! But above all, thank you for coming to our Tech Talk.

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