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School Nutrition Association names new CEO

The School Nutrition Association has hired Frank DiPasquale as its chief executive officer, to take over from Barbara Belmont, who is retiring after 18 years of service.

DiPasquale was most recently the executive vice president of the National Grocers Association. During his more than 14 years with NGA, DiPasquale developed the “Farmer Goes to Market” program, a model for the USDA’s local and sustainable food initiative, “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.”

He also was co-developer of the PBS series “Food Sense.”

Before his position with NGA, DiPasquale was corporate director for human resources and operational management for Kmart.

The School Nutrition Association represents more than 53,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide, and was founded as the American School Food Service Association in 1946, the same year President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. Located initially in Denver, the association moved to Washington in 1989 and changed its name to the School Nutrition Association in 2004.