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Melba Hollingsworth earned a BS degree in Dietetics from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Institution Management from Texas Women’s University. She has worked over 25 years in Child Nutrition Programs. She served as a school food service manager and a district director in the state of Louisiana before becoming an Education and Training Specialist for the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) at The University of Mississippi. During her career at NFSMI, Melba served as project coordinator for the Orientation to School Nutrition Management Seminars and developed various resources for school nutrition professionals. She was instrumental in the development of the popular Basics at a Glance measurements poster and the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs instructional materials and calculator. She also developed a series of No Time to Train Short Lessons for School Nutrition Assistants as well as other training materials. Fluent in Spanish, she also provided technical support for the development of Spanish language resource materials. Melba has been trainer and a presenter for national school nutrition audiences. She is a registered dietitian and a member of the School Nutrition Association. Melba is ServSafe certified.

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University, Mississippi


Child Nutrition, School Feeding


Food Science | Other Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Melba Hollingsworth



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