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How to Use AMS Market News Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Information in School Meal Programs


Aug 4, 2020 01:24 PM

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Chef Cyndie Story PhD, RDN, CC
@Culinary Solutions, LLC
Dr. Cyndie Story of Culinary Solution Centers, a K-12 consulting agency, works as an independent school nutrition consultant and trainer. Chef Cyndie and the K-12 Culinary Excellence Team work together to bring their skills and experience in developing a foodservice systems approach to enhance school nutrition operations. Chef Cyndie has a combined skill set that includes extensive experience in nutrition science, food safety, culinary arts, recipe development, training program development, school nutrition program operations, and volume foodservice management. The White House recognized Chef Cyndie with a Champion of Change award in 2011 for her no-nonsense balanced approach to nutrition and dedication to educating school nutrition professionals. She received the 2018 Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics School Nutrition Services DPG Award of Excellence.
Leo T. Schwartz
Master Trainer @Agricultural Marketing Service, Specialty Crops Inspection Division
Tom is a Training Specialist, and ASTD Certified Master Trainer with the USDA Specialty Crops Inspection Division with twenty years’ experience. He is currently with the Training Division located in Fredericksburg, VA. Tom started his career as a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspector and then Training Officer in the New York City Terminal Market for the Fresh Products Branch beginning in 2000. His current duties include being a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) auditor instructor and specializes in the Market Inspector Training program. Prior to Tom’s federal career, he worked in private industry as owner of a wholesale/retail produce operation in Hazleton, PA., and a Warehouse Supervisor for Fresh America in Hanover, PA. Tom has spent his lifetime in the produce industry and brings a wealth of job experience to his presentations.
Natasha Williams
Food Safety Specialist @USDA Office of Food Safety
Natasha Williams is a seasoned professional for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she has served for twelve years. In her current role as Food Safety Specialist for the Office of Food Safety, she supports School Nutrition Professionals, providing them the tools to identify and mitigate food safety risks by developing food safety resources, facilitating trainings, and overseeing the outreach content and stakeholder engagement for the Food and Nutrition Service’s Produce Safety University Program. Prior to her current role, Natasha served as Interim Deputy Director, overseeing the Outreach and Partnership Division for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. While in this role, she managed outreach activities for agency regulations, and led a National Advisory Committee, ensuring fair implementation of food safety regulations for industry.