SNA Hosts Briefing on Capitol Hill and Has Several One-on-One Meetings


November 21, 2013 – On Monday, November 18, 2013, SNA hosted a Congressional staff briefing on Capitol Hill regarding school meals. Marla Caplon, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools and Joan Shorter, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools, provided their unique perspectives to Hill staff, walking them through the intricacies of their programs. This briefing was an opportunity to connect with Congressional staffers who will be involved in drafting the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization and provide them with an overview of school meal program operations and challenges. 

Joan Shorter (left) and Marla Caplon (right) answered Hill staff questions
during the briefing.

Following the briefing, over a 3-day period, SNA Vice President of Child Nutrition & Policy, Cathy Schuchart, along with SNA’s new lobbying team of Barnes & Thornburg, had 24 one-on-one meetings with key Hill staff and Members of Congress. These conversation- and relationship-building efforts come at a critical time as SNA continues to be the voice of child nutrition on Capitol Hill.

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