So no one was very surprised when ASFSA members identified the public image of school nutrition programs as their number one priority in 2001.
Before moving forward, the ASFSA executive board planned a discussion with state affiliate leaders during the 2003 house of delegates meeting.
Findings from the 2000 California High School Fast Food Survey reflect the situation across the country, as the US General Accounting Office and ASFSA
The 46 staff of the 55,000-member ASFSA
and its sister Child Nutrition Foundation are immersed in countless programs and services, all designed to achieve one thing: to see that all children have access to nutritious meals during the school day.
Among these districts, 77.6% require successful completion of a state school food service training program, 26.1% require ASFSA
certification, 6.3% require School Food Service and Nutrition Specialist credentialing from ASFSA
, and 3.2% require an RD.
has assembled a variety of resources on the Web to celebrate School Lunch Week, including menus, recipes, and downloadable graphics for use in flyers.
In some cases, ASFSA
members inform teachers about the Going Global program and suggest collaboration.
However, our environmental scan showed significant challenges on the horizon, and internal analysis pointed out limitations to ASFSA
's ability to respond.
With 6,500 members, ASFSA
targeted only the 500 at the director level for fee-based e-mail services soon to be transferred to a Web site.
Facing a significant increase in the number and seriousness of issues affecting the school food service industry, ASFSA
decided that its response must be rooted in professionalism.
Even though the School Food Service Foundation is closely tied to its parent association, the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA
), Alexandria, Virginia, Mary Ann Morris admits it has been somewhat of a journey to gain visibility from members.
's 67,000 members are involved in all aspects of school food services, and are hungry for the latest information or trends in child nutrition, health, and education.