Schuster’s Blog: School Meals and More

Posted by: and on Friday September 2, 2022 As students head back to school, school meal challenges continue (supply chain issues, staffing, need to charge for meals, school meal debt) but as always, school districts find ways to pivot. Gaining traction: salvage groceries (to address food costs) and indoor farming (with droughts increasing). And lastly, continuing concerns about new viruses means we should be prepared to answer: Is our food/food packaging safe to eat? School meals: School Nutrition Association Supply Chain July 20 (...)

Take Advantage of All JNEB Article Categories

Posted by: and on Tuesday August 16, 2022 I’m sure everyone is aware of the excellent research that is published in JNEB. The Research Articles and Research Briefs are by far the paper categories most often submitted to the Journal. I wanted to highlight a few other paper categories as you begin your fall semester writing schedules. Reports are (1) articles that discuss policy issues relevant to nutrition education and behavior, or (2) articles that review emerging topics as they relate to nutrition education and behavior. Reports (...)

SNEB Editorial: Nutrition Educator Competencies Require Reasonable Adventurers

Posted by: and on Monday August 15, 2022 SNEB members are familiar with the nutrition educator competencies adopted in 2016  that “articulate the foundational knowledge and performance skills nutrition educators need for the development, implementation and evaluation of effective nutrition education.”1 The ten theme areas delineate content and varied levels of performance expectations congruent with Bloom’s taxonomy.2 To achieve these competencies, an array of curricula, training protocols, and opinions are used to develop nutri (...)

Social media, on shelves, sports gambling in grocery stores & more

Posted by: and on Monday August 15, 2022 Two stories of note: This fall UMass Amherst will be the first university to provide ratings of the carbon footprint of dining hall dishes using one of many online calculators available  ( A first…a Food Network plant-based cooking competition show…’It’s CompliPlated’ began August 11th hosted by Tabitha Brown, a top (...)

Food and Food Buying News

Posted by: and on Tuesday August 2, 2022 From the consumer lens… **INFLATION/ONLINE SHOPPING/COUPONS/BUY NOW PAY LATER (BNPL)/IMPULSE BUYING & SOCIAL MEDIA/SHOPPABLE CONTENT: Inflation prompts interest in food private labels ( Inflation changes food buying for those most price sensitive: switching brands and where they shop ( yet some places are placi (...)

Protected: SNEB Resolution Open for Member Comment

Posted by: on Saturday July 23, 2022 The following resolution was submitted on April 8, 2022 by the SNEB DEI Committee. It has been reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Public Policy and will be open for member comment from July 25, 2022 - August 12, 2022. Email comments to This icon indicates that the proposed SNEB resolution is currently open for comment. Rationale and Relevance In 2019, the SNEB Mission, guiding principles and values were updated to include aspects of justice,  equity, diversity, an (...)

In the Beginning

Posted by: on Monday July 18, 2022 I was struggling to find a topic that I could be enthused about for this issue’s editorial. With so many issues facing us, this should be easy: baby formula shortages, increasing food insecurity, food pantry shortages, environmental impacts, and political challenges. I went back and read some of my editorials from 10 years ago. Still no creative spark. So, I started at the beginning. Indeed, that was the title of Helen Ullrich’s very first editorial. That is an inspirational editorial. I (...)

SNEB Committed and Engaged

Posted by: on Monday July 18, 2022 In the past 3 years, we have strengthened the mission and values of SNEB to more clearly express what we believe, including refining our equity values. Following the murder of George Floyd and recognizing the police violence against Black people and other people of color, we recommitted to racial justice in our 2020 SNEB Statement on Addressing Racial Injustice and outlined action steps.1 During the 2020 SNEB conference, an open discussion about equity included 200 participants, signaling member (...)

Schusterer’s Blog — Health and Wellness

Posted by: and on Friday July 15, 2022 In an overview, six categories of retail health and wellness are identified: health fitness wellness-oriented nutrition wellness-oriented appearance (Twinings Glow Tea that ‘promotes healthy glowing skin’ recently caught my eye), sleep and mindfulness. All six categories have some link to food and nutrition ( Grocers continue supermarket nutrition education, shelf tags and other (...)

Schusterer’s Blog — Food & Health News

Posted by: on Tuesday July 5, 2022 by SNEB member Ellen Schusterer,  MS Cheap food trending, the metaverse, food delivery, visual online ads, an update on the 2 food illness complaints in the news and more! Google Trends This article ( mentions a huge spike in Google searches for ‘cheap’ and ‘affordable’ in June…see the trend line for Google ‘cheap food’ searches ( (...)