Board Structure and Process
Until 1978, the ANFP Board of Directors consisted of five voting members. Currently the ANFP Board numbers 15 individuals who represent members at large, industry, the supplier community, and Healthcare Caterers International (a coalition of foodservice societies around the globe). In 2007, the association moved from paper and pencil voting to online board elections, and in 2013, members approved a new slate process to replace the general elections in order to give those from smaller states a better chance to serve on the national board. Richard "Nick" Nickless, CDM, CFPP, presently serves as ANFP Chair of the Board, following in the footsteps of a long line of committed and hard-working national leaders.
In 1985, DMA offered the first dietary manager credentialing exam. The dietary manager credentialing program is a strong source of pride for the association. The Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credential recognizes people qualified by training and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager. The latter credential (CFPP) was added in 1996 in direct response to a growing need to protect public health through proper foodservice sanitation practices. CDMs were required to sit for the CFPP exam before May 2000 in order to retain their credential. Today, the combined CDM, CFPP credential is widely respected and a recognized measure of competency assurance in the industry.
The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM) is responsible for the certification program, but a professional testing firm actually conducts the exam. Beginning in 2006, a spring exam was added to the traditional October exam date due to the popularity of the test, and it is now offered in a computer-based format, year-round. The current CBDM chair - Tom Thaman, CDM, CFPP - continues the work done by many dedicated previous chairs and members of the CBDM. A debt of gratitude is owed to each, for making careful and strategic decisions that have elevated the status of the credential.
Training and Continuing Education
ANFP has always taken an active role in developing educational materials for members. Continuing this trend, in 2007 ANFP published a new flagship textbook titled Nutrition & MNT for Dietary Managers. Used by both students and current dietary managers, the book provides foundation knowledge of basic nutrition and medical nutrition therapy principles. Our earliest foray into textbook writing came with the classic Managing Foodservice Operations book, first published in 1985 and a staple for many DM programs during the 1990s and beyond. DIETARY MANAGER magazine - which first debuted in January 1991, taking the place of ISSUES newsletter - was re-launched in 2006 to reflect a more contemporary design and editorial platform. The magazine is now called Nutrition & Foodservice Edge, and has a readership of over 29,000.
Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation (NFEF)
The Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation (NFEF) was originally founded in 1994, as the Dietary Managers Association (DMA) Foundation. NFEF engages in innovative research and education promoting the vital role of the Certified Dietary Manager as the expert in the profession of foodservice management and food safety. As ANFP’s philanthropic arm, the Foundation is organized to advance the foodservice and nutrition profession to stay ahead of rapid change by fostering innovative thinking, cutting-edge research and new ideas. Our highest priority is research, education, and defining best practices for the future. In 2015, development work began on an innovative online data reporting system focusing on large federal datasets. The database continues to be accessible via the NFEF website to all ANFP members, NFEF constituents and researchers. In 2019, NFEF developed two research webinars from the innovative foodservice research studies conducted in 2018, and awarded grants to 60 aspiring and current CDM, CFPPs.
The ANFP website continues to be an outstanding resource and outreach tool for the association. The association launched its website in 1997 with 29 pages. Eleven years later, DMAonline.org was redesigned to make it a more valuable tool for dietary managers and those interested in the field. The fourth edition relaunched in 2008. This newest version of the association’s homepage went live in July 2015. Our website currently has more than 700 web pages and receives about 2 million hits per month, making it a highly visible way for people to learn about ANFP. In other online news, ANFP has developed a variety of e-learning courses specific to the needs of dietary managers. Members have told us that online education has become their preferred delivery method for education today. What a difference a half century makes!