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Cynthia Ruffin began her school nutrition career in Louisiana more than 35 years ago. She received a B.S. in Dietetics from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. Cynthia has worked at the local school level, with the Louisiana Department of Education, and as the Director of Child Nutrition in St. Charles Parish Public Schools near New Orleans. Some of her career highlights include developing the Louisiana School Lunch Cycle Menus; expanding Breakfast-on-the-Go programs, implementing The Main Course, a culinary training program for food service technicians; and contributing significantly to district recovery after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. She was the recipient of the SNA of Louisiana Child Nutrition Director of the Year award in 2013. Cynthia often says that once you’ve been bitten by the school lunch bug, you’re infected forever! Her desire to remain involved with the school nutrition profession has led her to training in her post-retirement career. Cynthia is a consultant trainer for the Institute of Child Nutrition.

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New Orleans, Louisiana


Child Nutrition, School Feeding


Food Science | Other Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Cynthia Ruffin



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