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Introducing School Food for Thought, the School Nutrition Association's podcast and your newest source of insights and knowledge about school nutrition, K-12 foodservice and the latest industry trends.

Join us as we dive into fascinating conversations with school nutrition leaders who share their experiences and expertise on a wide range of topics, from creating delicious menus and designing inviting cafeterias to managing finances and leading teams.

Want CEUs? Each episode awards 0.25 to 0.5 CEUs after passing a short quiz, linked with each episode below.

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Bonus Episode

Lori's Leadership Legacy: SNA CEO Patti Montague Interviews
SNA's 2022-23 President Lori Adkins

Release date: January 1, 2024

In this bonus episode of School Food for Thought, Patti Montague, the CEO of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), engages in a captivating conversation with Lori Adkins, the SNA 2022-2023 President, during the Annual National Conference held in Denver. Lori reflects on her leadership journey, the highlights of her career, and her whirlwind year as the president of the School Nutrition Association.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the field of school nutrition. Lori’s insights into the challenges and opportunities are both informative and inspiring. Her passion for improving the lives of students through healthy and nutritious meals is evident throughout the conversation.

So, tune in to this engaging discussion between two accomplished leaders. You won’t regret it!

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Episode Five

Creating and Maintaining an Excellent Culture in School Nutrition Staff

Release date: November 9, 2023

Positive workplace culture starts at the top! Doug Massey of Klein Independent School District in Texas, and Alisa Roman of Lewiston (Maine) Public Schools, they have a lot in common, despite their geographic distance, including their leadership style, love for the profession and incredibly successful and diverse teams built on solid values and strong cultures.

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Episode Four

Doing More Than the Impossible

Release date: October 9, 2023

Community partnerships are key for successful school nutrition programs. Chris Burkhardt, SNS, of Cincinnati (Ohio) Public Schools, and Naim Walcott of West Hampton (N.Y.) Unified School District, discuss the power of these partnerships and how to work with different stakeholders to advance school nutrition programs.

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Episode Three

Bringing Fun Ethnic Foods into Cafeterias

Release date: September 9, 2023

SNA Secretary/Treasurer Warren DeShields of Bridgeton City (N.J.) Public Schools and Brianne Pulver of Auburn (Mass.) Public Schools discuss diversity and inclusion in school cafeterias and different ways school food directors can engage with their communities. Warren and Brianne also share their experiences navigating the school nutrition profession and how they hope to bring more diversity to the profession they love.

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Episode Two

Engaging the Whole World in the Cafeteria

Release date: August 9, 2023

School cafeterias are full of students from all over the world. E. Nichole Taylor of Chichester School District in in Pennsylvania, and Lindsay Aguilar, RD, SNS, of Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District, chat about their experiences bringing the world together in their cafeterias. Topics include serving diverse communities, supporting refugee families,  asking parents to share their favorite recipes and  make some students feel at home while giving others a taste of the world.

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Episode One

What's on the Horizon for School Nutrition?

Release Date: July 9, 2023

From local foods to sustainability to recruiting the next generation of school nutrition professionals, what's coming in the future of school nutrition? SNA President Chris Derico, SNS, of Barbour County (W.Va.) Schools, and Stefanie Giannini, MA, SNS, of Marquardt School District 15 in Illinois, talk about their predictions, as well as the financial challenges of running a successful program, supply chain issues and the increasing role that technology has played in the industry.