177. Beyond School Lunch Memes: Real-World Commonalities, Challenges and Successes

Monday, October 28
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom B
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149546

Social media posts of school meals from around the world generate millions of online hits – with very little understanding of real-world challenges of feeding millions of children at school. This panel of international school nutrition experts will highlight ways that food and nutrition professionals share global concerns and strategies for overcoming obstacles. Speakers will discuss recent research into the effects of school meals and also report on successful approaches to reducing food waste and supporting sustainability at school, in homes and throughout the community. They will focus on commonalities across continents and the ways that dietetics professionals can learn from one another. This session is designed for attendees in all areas of practice by exploring ways that all RDNs and DTRs can support strong school meals and nutrition education in their communities by thinking globally, acting locally and working strategically.

Planned with the School and Nutrition Services DPG

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe participation, funding and regulations for school nutrition programs in Japan, Sweden and the United States.
  • Discuss research into nutritional status of children and challenges of school nutrition programs in developed countries.
  • Explain at least three examples of how school communities around the world are addressing food waste and sustainability.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 8110 School foodservice
  • 4150 Infancy & Childhood (stages of life cycle))
  • 4080 Government-funded Food & Nutrition Programs

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.2.3 Identifies individual, public/private organization and government roles and responsibilities within public health and health care systems.
  • 13.2.1 Adheres to and communicates relevant regulations, dietary guidelines and organization policies in menu development and implementation.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.


  • Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND

    School Nutrition Director

    Burke County Public Schools

  • Speaker(s)

  • Betty Izumi, PhD, MPH, RD

    Associate Professor

    School of Public Health Oregon Health & Science University Portland State University

  • Annika Unt, RD


    Self Employed

  • Dayle Hayes, MS, RD


    Nutrition for the Future, Inc.