August 25, 2023
SCHOOL NUTRITION NEWSLETTER
Message from the Director
School start up can be tough, especially when new routines have to be established. You work hard and understand that a sense of urgency is a fundamental and necessary part of the job. However, the demands of fast paced work, strict adherence to food safety and federal compliance along with the pressures of financial performance can take its toll on all employees, no matter what their role is. I can tell when my stress level is too high and I'm sure you can, too. The best tools for workplace stress is to delegate, organize and prioritize. Communicate and update each other and work as a team to solve issues so you don't feel you have to shoulder the burden alone. Did you know that as a VCS employee you, a family member or significant other, can get free help through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)? Read below for services they offer. The program is completely confidential.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
From Haley Jones, HR Benefits Coordinator
Last week an email was sent out announcing the new EAP program with flyer attachments. We hope you have had an opportunity to review the program information. The EAP program is administered by Perspectives, Ltd. The program is confidential, voluntary, no cost to you, and only a phone call or text away. As an added resource, click HERE to access the Perspectives orientation video. This video will take you through services, as well as, new features to increase your knowledge on what Perspectives is about and how to connect with them. If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to HR or contact Perspectives directly. Call or Text Perspectives 24/ 7 at 800.456.6327 or visit perspectivesltd.com/ login.
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USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Communicate with Staff and Families
What is Offer vs. Serve?
Offer Versus Serve (OvS) is a meal service method designed to reduce food waste and food costs in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program without jeopardizing the nutritional integrity of the meals served.
At lunch, schools must offer all five components (fruit, vegetables, grains, meat/meat alternates, fluid milk) and students must select at least three components, one of which is 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable.
At breakfast, schools must offer at least four food items from three required components (fruit, grains, fluid milk) and students must select at least three food items, one of which is 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable.
Professional Development & Networking | July 2023
Growing your network for collaboration and committing time to professional development are essential to growing your programs, continuing to innovate, and delivering the best possible products to your students.
School Nutrition Association July/August 2023
Menu SN The Oﬃ cial Publication of the School Nutrition Association INSPIRES | INFORMS | INSTRUCTS | K-12 FOODSERVICE SCHOOL NUTRITION July * August 2023 Seeing and Saluting Behind-the-Scenes Heroes New Projects for a New School Year Wow Them With Smart Snacks From Scratch Chris Derico Bridging Child Nutrition and Education SNA President Next Library
Non-employees can apply by completing an online application as an External Applicant here: https://www.applitrack.com/valpo/onlineapp/
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