Marcia Wagner's Food Truck          President's Message

Fall 2021

Wow! What a crazy start to the new year!!

The other day as I was walking home from work, reflecting on the day, the many challenges were front and center in my mind. Then I thought about a visit to one of our elementary schools that day. When I walked in, there was an adorable kinder child speaking with the kitchen staff about a variety of topics, one of which was lunch. When she switched the topic to lunch, they asked “Are you hungry?” she said “No, I just want you to know that I like a lot of cheese on my nachos. I wanted more cheese yesterday.” They chuckled and said, “We will talk to our boss about that and see what we can do.” She was very polite and happy and smiled at them as she walked back to class. Just thinking about that day is bringing tears to my eyes. It was so very nice to see her there, in the building, interacting with adults that she knows care about her. Then I remembered my “Why.” The kids are my Why. One small smile from a child changed my outlook on the day. It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the negatives that we lose sight of our Why.
All of a sudden, I felt a bit ashamed of myself because, when my youngest son was in first grade, he would come home upset; and the first thing he would tell me about was the bad things that happened that day. This went on for a week or so, and I talked to him about choices. We can choose to allow the bad things to ruin our day, or we can choose to make the day great regardless of what happens. Every day after that conversation, I would drop him off at school and would tell him that when I picked him up, before he could tell me anything bad, he had to tell me about two good things from the day. I would tell him to MAKE it a great day and would sign “I love you” through the window as he closed the car door and walked into school. This made a remarkable difference in his outlook. He would focus so much on thinking about and remembering something good that he could not remember anything bad. I realized that I had not been making the choice to Make Each Day Great.
This year, we are going to be facing many challenges. We all have a choice about how we respond to them. Remember that at the end of each day we get to go home and recharge. Try to recap your day by thinking of the good things that happened instead of the bad. Please know that you are NOT lone. We are members of the most supportive organization I have ever been a part of. We care about each other and are willing to listen, share ideas, and help.
Finally, take time each day to take care of yourself. This can be as simple as taking a walk, reading a book, watching a favorite show, buying yourself flowers, or talking to a friend.

Our Mission

Engage, educate and empower School Nutrition professionals to advance accessibility, quality and integrity of school nutrition programs

Our Vision

Every student has access to nutritious meals, to strengthen their health and well-being

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