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About Harib Massu

My background is in political and legislative analysis with an added marketing twist. I aim to comprehensively understand and communicate the challenges facing your program, and provide some building blocks to ensure its success. I love to hear your suggestions and questions in the comments!

Higher Verification Response Rates: In 3 Easy Steps

Verification tends to pose one main challenge: there isn’t enough time, and usually, you’re out of ideas or resources on how to maximize the little of the few that you do have.

Luckily, there are ways to stretch your resources even further, and ways to encourage parents to submit responses. In this blog, we’ve broken down the best ways […]

By |November 6th, 2017|Blog, Operations|0 Comments

Rolling Verification & Other Strategies to Increase Response Rates

It’s known: ‘verification time’ for child nutrition programs is October 1st through November 15th.

That’s the way it’s been throughout most of our careers in child nutrition, and although it can be a hectic time for Local Education Areas (LEAs) as they attempt to reach out to parents and yield higher response rates, […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Highlights: Changes in Student Eligibility in 2017

Policy is the one thing that’s never constant. Each July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services, Child Nutrition Programs division updates its policy regarding student eligibility. This post covers the updated Eligibility Manual for School Meals Determining and Verifying Eligibility, released on July 18, 2017. 

Read on to find a categorical breakdown of […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Speaks on School Lunch at ANC

Wednesday, July 12 marked the last day of the School Nutrition Association’s 2017 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The agenda lined up as expected, until a blast from SNA alerted members that Sonny Perdue, the former Governor of Georgia, and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under the Trump administration, would be speaking as a part of […]

By |July 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Networking at Industry Conferences and Trade Shows

Never undermine the power of connections, especially those made at industry conferences and trade shows. With the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference (ANC) around the corner, now is the best time to begin developing a networking strategy that will keep you well connected with industry news, and people that could benefit your program.

There’s little […]

By |June 20th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

Track & Succeed With Professional Standards

Consider the disadvantages of not prioritizing Professional Standards in child nutrition past –  being chewed out by the next in line, or being exposed by disclosed administrative review summations at the end of your audits.

Although no fiscal action is associated with noncompliance, state agencies are required to provide the necessary support to ensure that goals […]

By |May 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

PEP Talks | 023 | New Government

Discover the changes ahead as a transition of power takes place in Washington D.C. Find out what the future of your program may look like and which changes ahead are bound to hit your program.

In this interview with our in-house legislative analyst and lobbyist, Harib Massu, you can get inside the mind of a Washington insider. […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Blog, Podcast|0 Comments

Lawmakers to Cut School Lunch Program

With a newfound majority in Congress, Republicans came to the table ready to slice.

As we await the final presidential budget proposal from the Trump administration it may seem like speculation will do no good, it may seem to only incite false fears or hopes.

For even after a presidential budget is proposed, there’s still a battle to […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Blog, Policy|50 Comments

Lawmakers Are Looking To Change School Nutrition – Again

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A new political climate has descended on Washington, D.C.

The shift is brought by a changing political dynamic, as Republicans now hold a majority in both houses of Congress along with the Presidency, and a coinciding changing tide in legislators’ visions for the nation.

The differences between the Democratic and Republican Party exceed just the realm of […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Blog, News, Policy|61 Comments

Happy Holidays (And Free Software) From Our Family To Yours!

Holiday breaks are here, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief!
When the season passes and a new year stands in front of us, there are a lot of things we’ll have to confront, manage and execute within our program- good and bad.
Some of you may even have Administrative Reviews coming up, some of […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Blog, Fun, Operations|0 Comments