It’s almost time for a week-long celebration of the hard-working people who prepare healthy meals for over 30 million of America’s school children every day – May 6-10 is School Nutrition Employee Week!
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) organizes SNEW to “remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve recognition.” To drive that message home, SNA has partnered with author Jarrett Krosoczka – who wrote the “Lunch Lady” book series – to kick off SNEW with School Lunch Superhero Day on May 3.
Here at JSI, we know SNP employees must balance many roles to prepare safe and healthy meals that meet federal and state regulations, while using their creativity to make the cafeteria a fun and welcoming place. You are experts in sanitation and food safety, managers of financially self sufficient programs, and nutrition educators for children, families, and school staff. The 2012-13 school year brought additional responsibility to SNP employees, who revamped menus to include more produce and whole grains in order to meet updated federal nutrition standards and new state regulations.
So let us be among the first to say thank you for all you do for the health and wellbeing of children in Massachusetts, and enjoy the coming week that recognizes all you do!