ANFP Efforts Realized With Healthcare Bill Introduction

The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) applauds the introduction of the Safe Food for Seniors Act of 2013 (H.R. 2181) in Congress.  The Safe Food for Seniors Act requires that federally-funded skilled nursing facilities have their director of food services, in the absence of a full-time dietitian, be trained as a certified dietary manager, certified food protection professional (CDM, CFPP), or a registered dietetic technician (DTR), or have the equivalent training from military experience or traditional education.

ANFP has been a steadfast supporter of the Safe Food for Seniors Act and its provisions to protect seniors, improve quality of care and increase community-based care at no cost to the Treasury.   Also, by recognizing the CDM, CFPP credential nationwide, H.R 2181 will utilize dietary managers to their fullest capabilities as leaders and essential members of the health care team.

Other health care groups have joined ANFP in support of H.R. 2181 because of the protections afforded to all consumers by having qualified, certified foodservice managers within federally-funded facilities.The introduction of H.R. 2181 is a major step for the non-commercial foodservice profession, and  ANFP will continue to engage with federal policymakers to advocate for change that includes the valuable contributions of dietary managers.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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