School Nutrition Programs Now Have One-Stop Recipe Resource

This press release is posted on behalf of HealthySchoolRecipes.com. This posting is for informational purposes only and shall not be construed as an endorsement of the site or its content.

HealthySchoolRecipes.com launches an essential resource for school nutrition professionals who plan menus or prepare food for child nutrition programs. The site brings together recipes from schools and education departments across the country, as well as non-profit organizations and product manufacturers, into a beautiful, searchable, and easy to use resource that meets the unique needs of school nutrition programs.

The site was created by a team of school nutrition and culinary experts who understand that finding good recipes (that are flavorful, that work and that credit properly) has been a constant challenge for school nutrition professionals.

“Digging through numerous websites and PDF files is time consuming and can be a barrier to improving school nutrition menus”, said Executive Director, Catharine Powers. “Meals are served in over 93,000 schools each day, with over 31 million lunches and 11 million breakfasts eaten by students every year. School Nutrition professionals need better resources for creative, healthy menu items that meet the needs of today’s students”, she explained.

Along with Executive Chef Samantha Cowens-Gasbarro and an accomplished advisory team of school nutrition experts, Powers has created the solution and is confident that site will have a lasting positive impact on the meals that are served to kids in schools.

Key features:

  • The site and all resources are FREE to all users.
  • Hundreds of recipes are currently available with more added every day.
  • Users are invited to add their recipes to share with the school nutrition community, as well as rate and comment on recipes submitted by others.
  • Expert content in form of blogs, newsletters, and how-to videos.

For Additional Information visit: HealthySchoolRecipes.com

Contact Information:
Catharine Powers
PO Box 5212
Akron, OH 44334
Phone: (330) 416-5943
cathy@healthyschoolrecipes.com

“Start your Engines” campaign encourages Alaskan Families to choose school Breakfast

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Gavin M Northey
Tel: 907.903.0276
Email: news@aksna.org

“Start your Engines” campaign encourages Alaskan Families to choose school Breakfast

Anchorage, AK  – February 28, 2019 – To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, schools throughout will celebrate National School Breakfast Week, March 4 – 8, 2019.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves nearly 26,000 Alaskan students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert
  • Maintain a healthy weight

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Start Your Engines,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for “Start Your Engines” from March 4 – 8 with special menus, cafeteria events, and more.

Juneau School District

Green Eggs and Ham: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Green Eggs and Ham, March 4 at Elementary Schools, and March 5 at Middle and High Schools.

Lucky Tray Days, lucky winners at each elementary school will win a Dr. Seuss book, students will look for a specially marked tray on March 4 and 5.

Middle and High School students who choose a nutritious start to their day with school breakfast may enter their name to win a Parks and Recreation Gift Card, two winners will be selected from each Middle and High School.

Look for other giveaways including pencils, bookmarks, and stickers at all Juneau schools throughout the week.  More information including menus may be found at https://www.juneauschools.org/food-services-eb6a5f9d or by contacting Adrianne Schwartz, adrianne.schwartz@juneauschools.org.

Anchorage School District

Breakfast with Teachers and Staff, on March 6, all Anchorage school teachers and staff are invited to join students and energize their day featuring homemade blueberry muffins.  Visit the ASD’s web site for a list of schools where breakfast is offered.

ASD Student Nutrition and JBER Nutritional Medicine have teamed up to provide nutrition education presentations at Turnagain 4th Graders (March 6) and afterschool activities participants at Wonder Park (March 5) and Muldoon (March 7).  The presentations are offered in conjunction with National Nutrition Month and will present nutritional and physical education encouraging health and wellness from breakfast and throughout the day.

For more information, including a list of breakfast-serving schools, visit https://nutrition.asdk12.org or contact Marci McGill, mcgill_marci@asdk12.org.

Parents may check with their local school district for more information about other NSBW activities throughout the state.

Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW19

About National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975. 

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Alaska School Nutrition Representatives to Support School Meals in Washington, D.C.

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Gavin M. Northey
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Alaska School Nutrition Representatives to Support School Meals in Washington, D.C.

Bethel, AK  – Feburary 21, 2019 –This week, Marybeth Whalen, Food Service Director, Lower Kuskokwim School District; Jennifer Meiwes, Program Specialist, Anchorage School District; and Chris Johnson, Nutrition Director, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, will join approximately 850 school nutrition professionals from across the nation at School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 47th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C.

During the conference, 23 – 26 February, Whalen, Meiwes, and Johnson will join colleagues in discussing current priorities in school meal programs including:

  • Continue and increase USDA Foods (commodities) support for the School Breakfast Program (SBP)
  • Support USDA’s ongoing effort to simplify child nutrition programs
    • Encourage USDA to return to the five-year Administrative Review (AR) Cycle for School Food Authorities (SFAs) that consistently operate in compliance
    • Encourage USDA to modify the Smart Snacks in School rule to allow all menu items that are permitted to be served as part of a reimbursable meal to be sold at any time a la carte
  • Urge USDA and the US Department of Education, in collaboration with SFAs, to develop best practices and guidance to ensure school schedules provide students adequate time to eat healthy school meals
  • Oppose any effort to block grant school meal programs.

LAC’s “Charge to the Hill” will allow attendees to meet with their members of Congress to discuss these topics and urge their support for school meal programs, which serve over 50,000 Alaskan students each school day.

Meetings are scheduled with all of Alaska’s Delegation to discuss the critical role that school meals have in Alaskan children’s leaves and education.

  • Rep. Don Young, 5:00 p.m., 25 February
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, 12:30 p.m., 26 February
  • Sen Dan Sullivan, 4:00 p.m., 26 February

All times are Eastern Standard Time

“At this year’s conference, we hope to facilitate critical discussions about the national trends that are shaping school meal programs,” said Gay Anderson, SNA President, “as well as offer attendees opportunities to learn how to be the best advocates for their programs.”

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AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Understanding the Clean Label Movement

Understanding the Clean Label Movement, Bonnie Britt

Bonnie Britt, Regional Sales Manager, from Wild Mike’s presented, Understanding the Clean Label Movement. She discussed the trend toward clean label and how School Nutrition Professionals can take action.

  • Let’s talk about “Clean” Label
  • Review definitions of “Clean” Label
  • Is “Clean” Label a Passing Trend?
  • Restaurant Standards
  • K-12 Standards
  • Challenges
  • Product solutions
  • At home Clean Label

USDA Foods Update

USDA Foods - What's New?

Sue Lampert, USDA Foods Coordinator, Alaska Child Nutrition Programs presented theUSDA Foods Update.

  • Changes for SY19-20
  • Request driven orders
  • USDA Foods for Processing
  • Submitting Orders
  • Administrative Fee
  • Direct USDA Foods
  • Processed USDA Foods
  • Meal Pattern Requirements
  • Changes in Orders
  • USDA Tools

Successfully Managing the Complexities of School Nutrition Programs

Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS is President of Ktwilson Consulting, LLC, and former USDA Undersecretary Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services,  presented Successfully Managing the Complexities of School Nutrition Programs. Her presentation discussed:

  • School Meal Basics
  • Desired Outcomes
  • Expenses
  • Revenues
  • Strategies for Success

State Agency Update

Alaska Child Nutrition Programs, State Agency Update

Jo Dawson, SNS, Program Manager, Alaska Child Nutrition Programs, presented the State Agency Update.

  • Federal Government Shutdown
  • Menu flexibilities and new items
  • Statistics, including the decreasing reliance on District General Fund subsidies
  • Common findings in Administrative Reviews
  • Professional Standards
  • Grant Opportunities
  • CNPweb Upgrade