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Congratulations to 2008-09 SNA President Dr. Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS, who has been named the first executive director of the Urban School Food Alliance. Starting later this month, Dr. Wilson will begin serving as the organization’s public voice and play an important role in ensuring the health and sustainability of school meals in Alliance districts and beyond.
“I am honored to work with this esteemed group of professionals who have spent their careers dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s children,” said Dr. Wilson in a press release. “School meals play a critical role in a child’s ability to fully participate and succeed in the classroom, impacting their ability to contribute to society in the future. Using the strength of the Urban School Food Alliance, we will work to ensure that the quality and accessibility of those meals is never diminished.”
A fierce advocate for school nutrition programs, Dr. Wilson served as foodservice director at a number of school districts in her home state of Wisconsin. She left operations in 2010 to serve as executive director of the Institute of Child Nutrition before being named, in 2015, as Deputy Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA.
The Urban School Food Alliance was established in 2012 to address the unique needs of the nation’s large urban school districts, which are committed to leveraging their combined purchasing power to address quality, costs and sound environmental practices. increase the quality of school meals. The 10 member districts collectively serve 584 million school meals every year. Learn more at www.urbanschoolfoodalliance.org.