Becky Schilling

Becky Schilling, FoodService Director
Becky Schilling
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com


Gluten-free menu items to increase and a look at local sourcing also included in the 2014 College and University Census.
Reducing staff hours/positions is the most often cited tactic operators employ to cut costs (48%). B&I, colleges and schools are more likely than hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care, senior living and retirement homes to cut the number of menu items as a way to reduce costs. Schools (28%) are the most likely to lower costs by making fewer items from scratch. Colleges are the most likely...

In this month’s Editor’s Letter, I wrote about a new focus for my blog in the upcoming months: hunger.

This year’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), held last week in Washington, D.C., saw nearly 900 child nutrition professionals brave a winter storm in our nation’s capital.

New breakfast regulations are easier to meet and are causing fewer negative student reactions than last year's lunch ones. That's borne out by statistics that show participation for the...
What do cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and salt have in common? They are all being regulated in some way by the U.S. government due to their potential negative effects on health.

Several years ago, I attended my first Legislative Action Committee (LAC) conference. This was before the 2010 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which put into place the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA).

It’s a wrap on day one of MenuDirections 2014. Conferences are always a great place to network and meet new people. It’s also great for sharing your successes—and struggles—and getting some valuable advice from fellow directors.

FoodService Director’s redesigned site makes it easier than ever for operators to find trends, news and research.

Last month the USDA permanently lifted the regulation that set maximums for the amount of grain and protein that could be served each week in school lunches.

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