SNA Appoints Working Group to Develop Meal Pattern Implementation Guide

SNA has appointed an ad hoc working group to develop a “Practical How-To Guide” for SNA members to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements scheduled to go in to effect this fall. The ad hoc group will be composed of representatives from USDA, state agencies, food service operators, and industry. The working group will meet via a series of conference calls to develop the “New Meal Pattern Guidelines: A Companion Guide.” The Guide will address both breakfast and lunch meal pattern requirements. This training resource will be unveiled at ANC in Denver, CO in July of 2012 as part of two “hot topic” education sessions.

The Ad Hoc group will consist of the following state agency directors: Colleen Fillmore (ID), Catherine Digilio Grimes (VA), Lynn Harvey (NC), Katie Millett (MA) and Robin Safley (FL). Individuals representing the food service operator segment include: Wanda Grant (CA), Penny McConnell (VA), Jean Ronnei (MN), and Ken Yant (GA). Pat McCoy of Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., will participate on behalf of the SNA industry segment. George Sneller, former Child Nutrition Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington will serve as the project consultant. A representative from USDA will also participate in project development.

SNA members are encouraged to share their comments, concerns and challenges they are facing with the ad hoc group. Please feel to contact SNA staff liaisons to this project: Cathy Schuchart, SNA VP, Child Nutrition and Policy and Danny Seymour, SNA Dean of Education at the following email addresses: and

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