SN Magazine: December 2019

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School Nutrition: Can We Agree to Disagree?

December 2019 Issue of School Nutrition Magazine
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Let’s be honest: If we composed our inner circles of just individuals who had the same views and opinions as ourselves, life would be a little bland. Learning the differing viewpoints of others and gaining alternative perspectives makes life a little more fun and interesting. It’s good for each of us to get outside our comfort zone and learn more about the world. And our varying opinions can often lead to friendly discourse—again, making life more interesting.

But there are some topics that are understandably hard to broach— climate change, immigration and contract management companies are on that list. However, if not handled correctly, these conversations could elevate into heated debates. In this latest edition of School Nutrition , we are tackling those hard-to-discuss topics with insightful, research-packed articles.

Mother Earth is getting hotter and it is already impacting American agriculture, and research suggests the effects will get worse. With changing climate patterns and American farmers scrambling, school meal operations could start feeling the consequences in several years.

Immigration is one reason American school populations are growing, and with more students in classes, it equates for more mouths to feed in schools. And it can create some complications for school communities and school nutrition departments.

And finally, self-operating and contract-managed school foodservice programs share a common goal: feeding children health school meals. But, does it matter if the driving motivation is financial or humanitarian? Is the K-12 segment big enough to accommodate both approaches?

Articles at a Glance:

Can We Agree to Disagree?

A Temperature Check on the Future of Farming

Business vs. Personal

Exploring the Boundaries of Border Issues

Make the Curry Connection

Also in this Issue:

What songs got students grooving and were on your school nutrition program’s playlist during October’s National School Lunch Week (NSLW)? With a big encore, we’re reliving our favorite NSLW chart-topping songs, solos and moments from this awesome annual event.

Coming Next Month in School Nutrition:

Ready to give back to your community? Volunteer opportunities abound—from volunteer firefighter to volunteer Little League coach, to volunteer tutor to volunteer counselor—and each one makes a profound impact in the community. (And a profound impact on the volunteer!) In SchoolNutrition’s first issue of the new decade, we will be highlighting the many ways we can give back by imparting the stories of volunteers who share their love and passion in their communities.

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