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SNF Partners with No Kid Hungry on Supply Chain Disruptions

2022-01-27

ARLINGTON, VA – As school meal programs nationwide face cancelled orders, shortages of foods and supplies, and labor challenges, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and No Kid Hungry are teaming up to help school nutrition professionals manage persistent  supply chain disruptions.

The partners will convene focus groups of school nutrition professionals representing districts of varying sizes and geographic regions as well as K-12 industry representatives to identify innovations in addressing common supply chain challenges. Findings will inform a new best-practice resource center promoting solutions to improve K-12 forecasting and procurement and ease the impact of disruptions on school meal programs.

New resources created through the partnership will include a professional development webinar series to address topics such as menu substitutions, utilizing USDA Foods, procurement and forecasting, partnering with business officials and communicating with parents.

“As students across the nation continue to face the uncertainties of the pandemic, school meals remain a critical lifeline. School nutrition professionals continue to do their best to reach kids with the meals they need, but the supply chain disruptions they face make a herculean task even more difficult,” said Jillien Meier, Director of the No Kid Hungry Campaign. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with the School Nutrition Foundation to find solutions to combat these challenges and guarantee kids have access to the food they need in order to learn, thrive, and grow.”

“Persistent, widespread supply chain disruptions have impacted the entire school nutrition community, hindering our efforts to offer students a wide range of healthy choices that support learning,” said SNF Board Chair JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS. “We can overcome these challenges by working together, sharing successes and identifying solutions. This new partnership with No Kid Hungry will help advance that effort and provide school nutrition professionals nationwide with practical tools to improve their programs and weather this storm.”

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is an independent 501(c) (3) and the charitable arm of the non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA). Since1964, SNF has supported school nutrition professionals nationwide through scholarships, research and professional development programs.

About No Kid Hungry: No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.

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