As a school nutrition dietitian, I partner with charter schools and small school districts in North Carolina to create efficient Child Nutrition programs customized with systems and menus that meet the approval of both the students AND the USDA.
Evaluate products and recipes for meal pattern compliance
Develop cycle menus that
- are compliant with USDA guidelines
- help to make efficient use of inventory and space
- meet the expectation of school’s population and parents
Interpret NSLP & NSBP meal patterns and the Certification process to develop a systematic plan of attack
Develop and maintain nutrition database of USDA-approved nutrient analysis software (proficient in NutriKids, MealsPlus and WebSmartt)
Complete biannual nutrient analysis promptly to meet October and March deadlines
Complete, review and submit Certification documents to DPI for approval
Develop North Carolina-approved production record templates based on certified cycle menu
Create standardized recipes to ensure menu compliance with each meal
Organize recipes and required documentation for DPI reviews
Provide staff trainings on Child Nutrition topics
- Meal Patterns
- Production Records
- Offer v. Serve
- Food Safety
From early on in college, I've been drawn to the food service field of dietetics. While my peers longed for careers in a hospital setting, I had my eyes on the shiny stainless steel of industrial kitchen equipment. I didn’t know it then, but for me, school nutrition would come to be the perfect mix of problem solving, data analysis, associate training, wellness promotion, and nutrition education.
Over the past decade, I’ve worked as the menu planning dietitian for programs as small as a single charter school to as large as more than 150 school site kitchens. Since the introduction of the new meal pattern, I’ve been involved in the process of menu certification of over a dozen programs here in North Carolina.
When I’m not helping schools make sense of the crazy world of Child Nutrition, you can find me around Apex with my boyfriend Jim and my basset hound Marshall Dillon.
Jill Hively, RD, LDN