SNA Retains New Legislative Counsel



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SNA Retains New Legislative Counsel  


NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (July 2, 2013) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) announced that it has retained the services of Barnes & Thornburg LLP for its advocacy and legislative services.  The change is effective immediately.

“In light of the historic regulatory challenges facing school nutrition professionals and with Child Nutrition Reauthorization on the horizon, SNA’s Board of Directors agreed that it was an ideal time for SNA to reflect on its advocacy strategies,” said SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS.  Last year, USDA issued the first update to school meal pattern regulations in more than 15 years, and last month, the department released the first-ever regulations for competitive foods sold in school vending machines and a la carte lines.

At the request of the Board, SNA issued a Request for Proposals for legislative services and considered several proposals from leading Washington, DC based advocacy firms.  A selection committee comprised of SNA Board members, SNA’s CEO and Staff Vice President of Child Nutrition and Policy reviewed each proposal, conducted interviews with prospective firms, and determined that Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s vision offers the best match for SNA’s advocacy goals at this time.

SNA was previously represented by Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC.  “School Nutrition Association extends our deepest thanks and appreciation to Marshall Matz for more than 30 years of dedicated service to SNA and its members,” said SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS.  “Marshall’s work on behalf of SNA has strengthened school nutrition programs for the millions of children who rely on healthy school meals.”

Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the nation’s 100 largest full-service law firms with offices in 12 cities.  The Washington, D.C. office specializes in government relations.  Partners from the firm will attend SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, MO July 14-17 to meet SNA members, participate in conference events, and engage in legislative planning discussions with SNA’s Board of Directors and the Public Policy and Legislation Committee. 

About School Nutrition Association: 

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.


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