Arleen Ramos-Szatmary (CC ’98) has been appointed the new Coordinator of School Nutrition Programs in the Division of Food and Nutrition at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Ramos-Szatmary has been with the Department of Agriculture since 2000, first working as a program specialist reviewing school nutrition programs throughout the state for compliance with the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. In 2006, she became the Assistant Coordinator of School Nutrition Programs, assisting in day-to-day operation of the unit, supervising field work and representing the Department at public events. She also has been the chief coordinator of the Eat Right, Move More initiative, a joint program with the New York Jets rewarding schools that offer healthy choices in their meal programs.
Prior to entering civil service, Ramos-Szatmary served as the Nutrition Manager for Leaguers Head Start in Newark, overseeing the food service department that provided daily meals for more than 500 children. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cook College, Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from College of Saint Elizabeth. She also is a Certified Public Manager.
As Coordinator of School Nutrition Programs, Ramos-Szatmary will oversee the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack and Special Milk Programs, the Seamless Summer Option, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, as well as the Farm to School and the Eat Right, Move More initiatives. In her role, she will work to help New Jersey schools to comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Ramos-Szatmary hopes to streamline the annual review process by automating it to help with recordkeeping and also stay in compliance with new federal regulations that reduce the review cycle of schools from five to three years. She also wants to work to give the general public a better understanding of school nutrition programs.