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

Fuel Up to Play 60 Helps Schools Get Students Healthy and Active

For school nutrition programs, wellness is a priority. Their students – and their students’ health – drive what they do. The problem: getting students to take an active role in their health. Many schools face the dilemma of, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”.

Luckily schools have a powerful […]

By |May 16th, 2017|Blog, Nutrition, Operations, Policy|0 Comments

Sonny Per-Who?

Donald Trump marked his 100th day at President of the United States on April 29, 2017. Some notable tasks accomplished in these first 100 days in office include the naming of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, as well as introducing an outline of a tax reform. But one decision made under Trump’s supervision […]

By |April 30th, 2017|Blog, Policy|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

Understanding and Managing USDA Professional Standards in Child Nutrition


Vetting new hires and getting yourself or staff up to current federal professional requirements can start to feel like a headache after a while, especially without a uniform system to manage and track all requirements, courses, and participating professionals.

Most of us […]

By |November 8th, 2016|Blog, Operations, Policy, State Agency|3 Comments

Controlling The Future of America’s Child Nutrition

Every four years the nation becomes myopic in its view of politics.
With 88% of Congress up for re-election this year, the sole concentration this election cycle has been on a Presidential candidate with constitutionally less power over the legislation that affects every day Americans, than their respective congressional representative.
The Real “Who” of Who Funds Nutrition […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

FDA Guideline Looks To Reduce Sodium

Last week The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines for major food manufacturers to drastically reduce sodium levels in hundreds of products. The move is an attempt to cut salt consumption by a third – reducing the average salt consumption from 3,400 milligrams a day to only 2,300 over a 10 year period.

As Americans […]

By |June 7th, 2016|Blog, Policy|2 Comments

Legislative Action Conference – Why You Should Care

This week, several PrimeroEdgers including myself are up near Dallas, TX to attend the Texas Association of School Nutrition's Industry Conference, or iTASN.

By |January 28th, 2016|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

The Important Takeaways from the School Nutrition Association’s 2015 Position Paper

Serving 30 million lunches each day is a feat that seems like it can only be accomplished by a small army. However, this is a task the School Nutrition Association (SNA) does successfully every single day through their 55,000 members. Feedback from these members aid SNA in creating an effective government platform for the coming […]

By |February 12th, 2015|Blog, Policy|0 Comments