Food Service Directors (FSD) can be lone rangers in their individual school districts. The autonomy can be satisfying but the work can sometimes be isolating. Many district food service directors have organized themselves at the city, county, regional or national level for the purposes of supporting themselves and each other, growing professionally, improve innovation and service, and having a greater impact than they could individually. Here are some of the benefits of this collaboration:
Starting such a group is as simple as picking up the phone and calling other FSD’s. Set up a meeting to decide on an overall purpose and a couple of achievable goals in the first year. Refer to the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement website for ideas. Build from there to a regular meeting schedule, either monthly or quarterly. Contact your state child nutrition organization for information on existing active chapters, which can help you get started. Become a member of your state and national associations for ongoing support and professional support. Your commitment and dedication will excite colleagues to get involved and take on leadership roles.
Nancy Younglove, Food Service Director for North Rose-Wolcott Central School District in Wayne County, NY