Becky Schilling

Becky Schilling, FoodService Director
Becky Schilling

Sodium was top of mind at the School Nutrition Association’s SNIC conference last week.

It’s January, the time for resolutions. I won’t bore you with mine—mostly because I haven’t made any. But I do want to share with you what’s new with FoodService Director.

Before you ring in the New Year, take a look back at the stories that caught our readers' attention in the past year. Here are our most popular stories of 2013, as determined by readers.

One school district has found a way to make green by going green.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported an increase in food poisoning cases in 2012. The CDC said two strands were responsible for the increase.
Jessica Shelly, food services director at Cincinnati Public Schools, doesn’t get celebrity reality shows, wouldn’t travel back in time if given the option and admires Walt Disney. 
During a trying time for school foodservice, Jessica Shelly is nothing but excited, especially about the challenges. Shelly is the food services director at Cincinnati Public Schools, which in 1898...

Having the option of choice is a good thing, right? Not always.

When Timothy Gee arrived at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in New Brunswick, N.J., earlier this spring, he knew his culinary staff needed some extensive hands-on training to keep up with...
The foodservice department at KIPP San Antonio schools has a new meals provider this year: the San Antonio Food Bank. 


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