K12Foodies Episode 27: Uncovering the Hidden Talents of Your Staff with Jeanne Pierce, SNS

 

This episode is the type that gets triggers creativity! Jeanne Pierce, the Food Services Director of Exeter Region Cooperative School District (NH), has some great tips to uncovering the hidden talents and passions of your cafeteria staff. Through these efforts, she’s introduced students to new foods, encouraged collaboration between school cafeterias and has a staff that’s invested in the success of their program.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com.

K12Foodies Episode 26: Top Issues in School Food Service, Part 3: Accountability with JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS

 

“The Rock Star Lunchlady” JoAnne Robinett joins us to discuss what she considers are the Top Three Issues in School Food Service today. We wrap up the three-part series with Accountability, and how we each play a role in the accountability of our child nutrition department.

If you missed Part 1, “Customer Service,” you can listen here.
If you missed Part 2, “Food Safety,” you can listen here.

About JoAnne: With over 30 years of experience in child nutrition and is currently the owner of America’s Meal, a school meal consulting and training firm. She has been quoted in USA Today, Parenting Magazine and The Boston Globe. You may have even attended one of JoAnne’s sessions at an SNA event, as she is a frequent speaker at state and national SNA events. For more information, visit her website, America’s Meal.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com

K12Foodies Episode 25: Managing Stress with Tami West, PhD

 

Today’s topic is something we can all identify with – stress. Tami West, PhD is the author of “The Stress Club” and led a session on managing stress at the 2016 SNA of Pennsylvania Conference. She’s going to tell us what The Stress Club is, how we joined this club without even realizing it and how we can get out! And with her hands-on experience with child nutrition professionals, we are especially thankful that she is sharing this message here with us on K12Foodies.

Enter to WIN! Tami is giving away a select number of signed copies of her book to some lucky K12Foodies listeners! You can enter our contest by telling us your biggest takeaway from this episode, and we want to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter or email. If you’re on Facebook, just post on our Timeline. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #K12stressclub or Tweet us @K12Foodies. Or simply email us. Don’t forget to tell us what your biggest takeaway from the episode is!

Click here to purchase your own copy of “The Stress Club.”

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com

K12Foodies Episode 24: The Director’s Role in Creating a Wellness Policy with Kristen O’Connor, RDN, LD

Do you have to revise your district’s local school wellness policy – and you’re dreading it?

 

Kristen O’Connor, RDN, LD of Action for Healthy Kids is going to share the role Child Nutrition Directors have in creating a wellness policy, tips to make sure your initiatives are addressed, and some amazing free resources that will help make the entire process easier.

You won’t want to miss the full episode, but here are links to two of the resources Kristen gave us: the USDA School Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit and Action for Healthy Kid’s Wellness Policy Tool, which allows you to jump straight to the stage your district is at in the wellness policy revision process.

Follow Action for Healthy Kids online for more free resources:
• Website: www.actionforhealthykids.org
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/act4healthykids/
• Twitter: twitter.com/Act4HlthyKids
• Instagram: www.instagram.com/act4healthykids/

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com

K12Foodies Episode 23: “Ask the RD” with Katherine Barfuss, RD

This episode covers an range of topics that are useful for adults and children, both in and outside of the cafeteria!

 

Our guest is Katherine Barfuss, the Director of Nutrition Services and a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. Katherine has been instrumental in the creation and coordination of several nutrition education programs, including Whitsons’ “Ask the Rd” program. “Ask the Rd” is a free service in which questions about nutrition are answered by one of the Whitsons Registered Dietitians. Like all of us at Meals Plus, Katherine is a K12Foodie in that she is a supporter of all things child nutrition, and she joins us today to answer some of the most frequent “Ask the RD” questions she’s received so far.

If you’re a Whitson’s customer, look for the “Ask the RD” section on your Whitsons School Nutrition district webpage to submit questions and get involved in the discussion. Even if you’re not a Whitson’s customer, you can participate in “Ask the RD” on the Whitsons Culinary Group Facebook Page. Thanks to all of the K12Foodies at Whitsons who love idea sharing and being a resource for child nutrition professionals like we do!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com

K12Foodies Episode 22: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know with “Meals Plus Matt”

Hello, Meals Plus Matt here! I was honored when Meals Plus Marketing Director Liz Roesel asked me to be a guest on the famous K12Foodies podcast!  My first episode now sits alongside child nutrition experts and I’m very happy to be able to share some of my experiences with you as ‘Meals Plus Matt’. 

 

‘Meals Plus Matt’ was a member of the award-winning Meals Plus Help Desk and has recently joined our Sales Team. This unique transition has enlightened him on two points. Firstly, there are a lot of things Meals Plus Customers should know that they don’t regarding our software. And secondly, as he speaks to child nutrition professionals that aren’t using Meals Plus, he is seeing the cumbersome technology issues they’re having and is ready to help.

This special in-house episode of K12Foodies is “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” and it’s beneficial for both Meals Plus Customers and non-customers. Contact Matt via the Meals Plus Contact Form for more information.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com.

K12Foodies Episode 21: Top Issues in School Food Service, Part 2: Food Safety with JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS

 

“The Rock Star Lunchlady” JoAnne Robinett joins us to discuss what she considers are the Top Three Issues in School Food Service today. In the second episode in this three-part series, we discuss Food Safety, including most common food safety mistakes made by child nutrition professionals and how to prevent them.

If you missed Part 1 of this series, listen to the Customer Service episode here.

John us next time when we wrap up our three part series with JoAnne and discuss Accountability.

About JoAnne: With over 30 years of experience in child nutrition and is currently the owner of America’s Meal, a school meal consulting and training firm. She has been quoted in USA Today, Parenting Magazine and The Boston Globe. You may have even attended one of JoAnne’s sessions at an SNA event, as she is a frequent speaker at state and national SNA events. For more information, visit her website, America’s Meal.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com.

 

K12Foodies Episode 20: How this Child Nutrition Director Rebuilt Her Department with Dr. Vickie Hugger

 

This episode of K12Foodies has a little bit of everything. Vickie Hugger tells us how she did a complete overhaul of her child nutrition department and the results are nothing short of amazing. When she became the Child Nutrition Director of Wilkes County Schools in Wilkesboro, NC, she saw some improvements needed to be made. She jumped into action with “The Three R’s.” She saw her department needed to re-focus their operations, she re-trained with more detailed and effective methods, and essentially rebuilt the department. She utilized some creative partners and the results… well, you’ll have to hear them for yourself!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com

K12Foodies Episode 19: Understanding Dietetic Internships with Lori McCoy, SNS, RD

 

Lori McCoy, SNS, the Director of Food Services at Colonial School District (PA) wrote an article for the October 2016 issue of PASBO Report entitled “Understanding Dietetic Internships,” and she’s with us to share her knowledge! Whether you’ve had an intern in the past or are interested in possibly hiring an intern and become a preceptor, we are sure you’ll find today’s episode helpful to your child nutrition department.

To read Lori’s complete article in PASBO Report, click here and go to Page 11.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com

K12Foodies Episode 18: Making Nutrition Education Fun with Deanna Gilbert

 

Our guest is Deanna Gilbert, the Director of Child Nutrition Services at Hope Public School District (AR). As a recipient of the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant, Deanna has been able to introduce her district’s students to fruits and vegetables they might have never tried before in a way that’s very unique and entertaining. Even if you aren’t participating in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant, you’ll enjoy hearing what Deanna has done to earn the nickname “The Fruit Lady” and she even shares her advice on how you can implement some of these strategies in your district!

Deanna mentions in this episode that Food Play Productions has visited her district and the students loved it! For more information, visit their website.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com