In response to the recent events SNEB has shared these helpful resources from the Food Solutions New England Network as they work to transform the food system so that it is sustainable, just and resilient:
We are heartbroken, angry and deeply saddened by the repugnant displays of police violence against Black People and other People of Color across our country. Our deeper heartbreak, anger and sadness is over the social injustice, systemic racism and lack of accountability that have long defined and divided our country. Longstanding misuse of privilege and power by individuals, institutions, and political leaders undermines trust and the principles of a civil, democratic society.
When school resumes in the fall (or late summer) of 2020, school foodservice will look different. Schools, already challenged by the pandemic, will change operations. Some districts are surveying parents about re-opening schools and some are asking about school lunch. The School Nutrition Association is leading a series of Zoom meetings to help their members gear up for re-opening. Nutrition educators who teach nutrition and health in classrooms and cafeterias will want to be aware of the challenges and opportunities ahead and consider how to work with school partners.
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's Research Division is focused on three functions: 1) engaging members in research through capacity building and networking; 2) increasing the rigor of submissions to JNEB; and 3) bringing together students and researchers to strengthen the potential of future nutrition educators. Mentorship is central to these functions, and mentors have been found to exist laterally, virtually, and among peers. Peer-to-peer mentoring among students and researchers can offer not only traditional research support and guidance but also provide insights and connections within SNEB that can work to support the Society as a whole.
Distinguished nutrition educators from around the world will gather in a truly global event this summer as the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior hosts its 53rd Annual Conference entirely online.
For now, our focus is still on the food supply chain and how we are eating, spending our money on food and takeout. In the immediate future, will what we are eating change? Will online grocery shopping increase? In the longer term, how will the food system change? What will school meals and eating out look like? Cue up the crystal ball...
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its health and food system impacts, the issues addressed in Jennifer Wilkins' 2019 Presidential Address become even more critical.