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One On One With: K-12 Procurement Ethics

In our second edition of Food Management’s podcast, we speak with Barry Sackin, president of Sackin and Associates, about the pitfalls and ethics of purchasing in the school environment.

Editor’s Note: Welcome to One On One With, Food Management’s podcast. Every two weeks we’ll share an intimate conversation between an FM editor and an industry icon or thought leader.

We’ll cover topics from hiring, new concepts, consumer trends, management and menu development. Or hear how an operator is increasing participation or meeting changing customer expectations. These one-on-one interviews provide peer learning at its best.

This marks our second podcast, with Barry Sackin, of Sackin and Associates. Check back in in two weeks for our next edition of One On One With, and find more podcasts here.

“I think ignorance is the biggest problem,” states Barry Sackin, president of Sackin and Associates, a consulting firm based in California. Sackin has spent nearly four decades in child nutrition, first as an operator and now as a consultant. What Sackin was referring to was the trouble child nutrition professionals have been finding themselves in when it comes to K-12 procurement, from LA to NYC.

Sackin, who helped write training modules on the topic, first got involved with K-12 procurement ethics after he heard an operator ask a broker where the gifts were for his staff holiday party. “Red flags went up all over the place. He doesn’t know that what he did was unethical or illegal,” Sackin recalls.

We sat down with Sackin to get an idea of the biggest pitfalls and mistakes child nutrition directors have made—often without even knowing that what they were doing was wrong.

More on K-12 procurement ethics:

Avoiding ethics landmines in K-12 procurement

School Nutrition Association

USDA

TAGS: K-12 Schools
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