Readers react to SNA criticism

Two child nutrition directors write letters expressing disagreement following blog post about School Nutrition Association.

By Becky Schilling, Editor

It’s always exciting to hear from readers about a piece you’ve written. Those in the child nutrition industry are oftentimes the most proactive in writing emails to us regarding the stories we create. It’s just another way these dedicated individuals share their passion about feeding children.

Hoping to clarify my blog, I wrote the following to Spero and Burkhardt: My point wasn't that SNA was asking for all these detailed points (maximums on the amount of grains that could be served per week, for example), but it was rather asking for a standard definition, if you will, of what constituted a reimbursable meal. The USDA then took that directive, to create a definition, and created the individual mandates that came to make up the new meal pattern. The same thing can be applied to competitive foods.

This industry is a big one—there are more than 45,000 people who receive FoodService Director and that’s just scratching the surface of the non-commercial industry—so it’s often hard to ensure we’re hearing everyone’s voices and sharing their stories. So please contact us whenever you’ve got something new and exciting going on in your operation. Or when you’ve been faced with a new challenge. And especially when you think we’re wrong.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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