West was one of thirteen Child Nutrition Directors selected to represent Arkansas at the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) Team Up for School Nutrition Success program. The two-day workshop was held April 14-15, 2015, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
With important changes and improvements coming quickly to federal Child Nutrition Programs across the county, Child Nutrition directors at the school district level are facing new challenges that require innovative solutions and creative approaches to topics like meal participation, menu planning, and food safety and sanitation. Team Up for School Nutrition Success brought together Child Nutrition Directors from across the Southwest Region to identify issues and find solutions through participant-mentor partnerships and SMART Goals development. Amanda West is a Certified Child Nutrition Director and Manager in Arkansas. She has worked for Warren School District for 15 years. Amanda reports gaining valuable insight and lasting relationships from the Team Up for Success program. She says, “I believe it was a great learning experience and eye opening to see that no matter how big or small the district, we are all facing and dealing with the same challenges.” Amanda and Warren School District were also selected as the lucky recipients of free onsite training from NFSMI. Several other districts in the area will also be invited to attend. To learn more about Child Nutrition, contact your local school district’s Child Nutrition Director.