What the Government Shutdown Means for Your Nutrition Program

The following post was written by Barry Sackin of Sackin & Associates

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Register for #Connect2019 - Our biggest event of the year!










Whether your connecting with people, solutions or ideas, a powerful connection can have a huge impact. That’s why we’ve renamed our Heartland training conference to Connect 2019. Join us this Spring for our biggest event of the year!

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Happy Holidays (+ 2018 Most Popular Blog Posts)


From our Heartland family to yours,
have a wonderful holiday season!

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How To Use Cafeteria Surveys to Grow Your Nutrition Program (+ FREE Survey Templates)

How great would it be if you only served foods that your students loved? Not only would it boost participation and sales, but it would also help reduce food waste. Although this is an admirable goal, figuring out what students like can be difficult. This is where cafeteria surveys can help.

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Heartland Announces a New Partnership with PowerSchool

Having been a part of the K-12 industry for decades, we know that your student information system is like the central control room for your school district. It’s how schools keep track of all student data, from grading and test scores, tracking student attendance, building class schedules, and everything in between. So when data can flow easily – and securely – between your SIS and other programs in your district, it can really save time and bring added efficiencies for school administrators, parents, and students.

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What's Next in USDA Foodservice Policy

The following post was written by Barry Sackin of Sackin & Associates

It’s October of a very interesting year. The midterm elections are less than a month away, and the direction of the school foodservice segment will be impacted considerably. It is not my place or intention to comment on politics or your choices, but, as good citizens, I encourage all of you to vote your conscience.

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5 Websites For Free Afterschool Program Activities

Afterschool programs play an essential role in boosting academic performance, promoting physical health, and creating a safe environment for children of working parents.  If you're a teacher or director who operates one of these programs, you know how much work goes into keeping children engaged.

Here are five websites we found that are packed with tons of free (and fun!) activities for kids:

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6 Reasons You Should Consider Adding Digital Signage to Your Cafeteria

Say goodbye to whiteboards and printed menus and hello to new and up-to-date digital signage! Digital signage is changing the way cafeterias around the country share their daily menus and school announcements. It not only gives your cafeteria a fresh, updated look, but also helps to engage your students and increase participation. 

A report conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. suggests that the digital signage industry will nearly double in the next decade. You might be saying to yourself, “I operate and manage a school cafeteria. Why is this important?” As the use of digital signage becomes more and more prominent in industries such as retail, restaurants, transportation, and healthcare, it will soon become the norm and one of the most effective ways to engage students in the lunch line.

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9 Dos & Don'ts For Managing Your Nutrition Program's Facebook Page

Social media platforms have become such a powerful communication and marketing tool that even SNA publishes resources to help teach nutrition programs how to create effective social media strategy. While online communities continue to grow and change, Facebook still remains one of the most used social platform, even compared to Instagram and Twitter.

With so many active users, Facebook can be a huge asset to promoting your program and encouraging parents to have their kids grab lunch at school. So let's make sure we're doing everything we can to grab their attention and get real returns with your Facebook social strategy. 

Here are 9 dos and donts to effectively managing your nutrition program's Facebook Page:


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Taking On Vegas: SNA's 2018 Annual National Conference

It's almost here! This year the School Nutrition Association is taking their Annual National Conference to Vegas. From July 9-12, over 7,000 school nutrition professionals and vendors (including us!) will be gathering for the biggest conference in our industry. From sharing bright ideas in educational seminars to visiting over 800 vendors at exhibition, this year's event is sure to keep you busy!

Here's a few things you won't want to miss at this year's Annual National Conference:

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