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Floodwater pathogens can’t be washed off of fresh produce

The state of Florida produces more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other state except California, and is the top tomato state in the country. As with backyard gardens, Hurricane Irma has turned many of Florida’s commercial fruit and vegetable fields into patches of pathogens that can’t be washed away. From the Food and Drug Administration to county extension agents, experts on fresh produce are warning of the dangers of eating fresh produce that has been touched by floodwaters. “Fresh fruits and vegetables that have been inundated by flood waters cannot be adequately cleaned and should be destroyed,” according to…

Why does America have so many hungry kids?

By: Thom Patterson, CNN It was a tender moment Elle Dingman will remember for a long time. Outside a small hotel in Branson, Missouri, in April, Dingman was volunteering with a local group that distributes free meals when a barefoot, barely dressed, 2-year-old boy walked up to her without hesitation. His name was Ryder. Dingman had never met this little boy during her rounds, but nevertheless, “he came over to me, and he grabbed my hand. He was so loving, and he wanted a hand to hold.” As the boy’s father watched from the motel door, Dingman couldn’t help but…

Highlights from the Florida School Nutrition Association Conference

The 2017 Florida School Nutrition Association Annual Conference took place on April 20-22 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida. Sherri Webber, President/Owner, LaVon Group, Inc. was a speaker at this informative conference. I am the Manager, Leader & Cheerleader….and now I need to be the Coach! How many hats can a person wear? If I am already the manager, leader and cheerleader, (and that is just on the business side) then why do I need to be a Coach? Isn’t it the same thing? Actually, no, Coaching is different, it’s personal! Attending this session will explain the difference and…

Do You Need Help with Your Bid Preparation?

Bid preparation time is upon us. It is the time of year when Child Nutrition Directors across the country scramble to put their bids together. I have been helping CNP’s across the Southeast with this process for over a decade and I would love to help you too. Services include but are not limited to: Bid Development RFP/IFB Bid Solicitation Taste Testing Coordination Facilitation of all follow-up questions You are already inundated with so many changes, let me help you during this critical time. Contact me today for a free quote and let’s get started. Contact me today for your…

Schools transform meals, service

The primary education system (grades pre-K and K-12) within our country and across the world is undergoing fundamental changes. A tremendous amount of research into how children learn and a close examination of the public school system have led to tremendous upheaval and change. A proliferation of private schools and charter schools caused public school systems to reinvent themselves as well. Parents have a growing number of choices when deciding where to educate their children. As the educational model evolves to be more adaptable to learning behaviors of the students they serve, it also becomes more responsive to the world…

Students create “We Dine Together” group

The concrete courtyard at Boca Raton Community High stretches the length of a football field. When the bell rings for lunch, a flurry of students pack it from every direction. Almost 3,400 students go to school here. Students say the place is so populated they can go years without seeing the same student twice. It’s easy to go unnoticed. And intimidating if you’re new, struggle with self-esteem or the English language. “Coming here, not knowing anyone, took a toll on my confidence. I became socially awkward. I sat by myself,” said Allie Sealy, a 16-year-old junior. Sealy’s family moved from…

Va. district launches 2nd breakfast option

PEARISBURG (WSLS 10) -A new breakfast program aimed at making sure no child goes hungry launched this month in Giles County. Thanks to a grant funding from No Kid Hungry Virginia, Giles County Public Schools will offer a second breakfast period called fast break. In addition to the traditional breakfast served from 7:30 a.m.to 8:15 a.m. every morning, fast break will be served at a kiosk in the school hallway an additional 45 minutes from 8:15 a.m.-9 a.m. In a statement, the school says the traditional way of serving the morning meal(in cafeterias before school starts) does not reach all students…

College’s virtual food bank keeps students from going hungry

By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM – New Hampshire Sunday News DURHAM — When Alana Davidson’s research revealed that 25 percent of her fellow students at the University of New Hampshire had experienced hunger, she was shocked. She decided to do something about it. Thanks to her efforts, UNH recently started the “Swipe It Forward” program, allowing students, faculty and others to donate to a virtual food bank to provide meals for students who would otherwise go without. The meals are stored on swipe cards that let students eat at campus dining halls. “What we’re trying to do here is create awareness…

Calif. district seeks to put food waste to use

By Dennis Wyatt A typical Manteca Unified School District student generates roughly 1.75 ounces of food waste a day when they are done with lunch. Multiply that by 24,000 students, and it comes to 1.06 tons on any given school day. While that sounds like a staggering amount it translates into just 70 pounds per campus per school day. “One and three quarter ounces per student struck me as an awful lot of waste,” noted Patti Page who serves as the Manteca Unified director of nutritional services. But after further investigating it didn’t seem that bad. Page soon found out…

Worker wins ‘School Meal Hero’ award for her creative approach to feeding the disabled

When Cyndi Talbott began work 17 years ago as cafeteria manager at a public school for the disabled, there were three puree combinations on the menu for students who couldn’t chew or swallow. Now there are 50. Talbott could feed Royal Palm School’s 357 medically needy students the same old recipe every day and they probably wouldn’t protest. But because of her creativity and willingness to experiment, she has won a School Meal Hero award from ConAgra Foods, which operates the website, RethinkSchoolMeals.com. The website invites school communities to show gratitude to their nutrition professionals by nominating them as School…