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SNA’s Annual Election: Have You Voted Yet?

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October 31, 2012 – Have you voted in SNA’s Annual Election yet? Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard! The “polls” will only be open until November 15, 2012. To cast your vote, log on to the SNA website at www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection to review the biographies of this year’s candidates.

This year, the election features 22 candidates from around the country who share a common interest: a passion for child nutrition. It is critical that you take advantage of the opportunity to vote in this year’s election. By participating in the voting process, you are helping to select the leaders who will take the Association into the future in order to further the cause of child nutrition.

How to Vote
In order to vote, your SNA membership must have been valid and current as of May 31, 2012. You will NOT be eligible to vote if you became a member or reinstated your membership after this date. Members in the Affiliate, Other or Student membership category are not eligible to vote. The slate of candidates that you are eligible to vote for is based on your membership section and the SNA region you work in.

To cast your vote, go to www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection and click on “Vote Now.” You will be prompted to enter your SNA username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be directed to the voting site where you will then vote. Prompts will guide you through the online voting process, but to save time, please make all of your selections in advance.

The newly elected Board of Directors and Nominating Committee representatives will be announced in late November and officers will be installed in July 2013 at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For questions about the SNA Election, please contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822.

Related Links:

SNA Election

Printable SNA Election biographies

Printable Candidate Reference Guide

SN Vice President Candidate interviews

SNF Meets Milestone Fundraising Goal

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October 23, 2012 – The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is proud to announce that it has reached a fundraising milestone for the Josephine Martin Endowment Fund. As of today, SNF has raised $10,155 toward the ultimate goal of $75,000.

The Josephine Martin Endowment Committee has been hard at work since the Fund’s formation just two months ago. The aim of the Fund is to provide an SNA member the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., for the SNA’s Legislative Action Conference for the first time.

This Fund serves as a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin’s passion for child nutrition and ensures that the voices of child nutrition professionals will continue to be heard by legislators and policy makers at the local, state and national level.

To learn more about the Josephine Martin Fund and to help us reach our fundraising goal, click here.

Thank You for Celebrating National School Lunch Week

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October 22, 2012 – We hope you and your students had a great time celebrating National School Lunch Week (NSLW) with the “What’s Cooking?” theme.


Students at Yarbrough Elementary (AL) show off their decorated chef hats for NSLW

NSLW may be over, but SNA provides many resources to help you keep the excitement alive and continue to promote your healthy changes to students, parents and the community.

New PR Resources – toolkit, videos, talking points, activity sheets, handouts and more. This page has everything you need to spread the word that school meals are healthy and delicious.

Tray Talk – use this page to share your success stories, and even your recipes! You can also direct parents here to help them get more information about school meals.

Send Your National School Lunch Week Photos to School Nutrition magazine

Did you decorate, offer new menu items, or invite a special guest to lunch? Please send in a description and photos of your NSLW activities to School Nutrition magazine, and highlights from your celebration may appear in the magazine’s wrap-up article next April!

Send them by e-mail to snmagazine@schoolnutrition.org or by mail to NSLW Wrap, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745.

[Note: Submission of photos grants permission to use the images in the magazine or other SNA materials.]


Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam visits Forsyth Woods Elementary (FL) for taste tests, sampling, and cooking demos


Take Your Parents to Lunch Day at Grantham Village School (NH)

Election Close Out Special at the SNA Emporium

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October 17, 2012 – The National and SNA Election seasons are both in full swing! In celebration, the SNA Emporium is having a close out special on all “Vote for School Lunch” materials until November 6, 2012.

Stop by http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org today to stock up on discounted “Vote for School Lunch” T-shirts, aprons, and much, much more!

T-shirts - now $5.00
Aprons - now $7.00

Call 1-800-728-0728 or visit http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org to find out more.

Emporium – The SNA Shop
Phone: 1-800-728-0728
Web: http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org

Discover the Possibilities with CNIC 2013 General Sessions

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October 17, 2012 – Are you looking for amazing information and ideas to take your operation or business to the next level? At SNA’s 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), which will be held January 13-15, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, you’ll discover the possibilities to make that happen. This annual meeting of school nutrition operators and industry partners will include numerous educational sessions and networking opportunities focused on the conference theme “Where Partners Create Possibilities,” and will help you build essential relationships that will bring about the results your operation needs.

This year’s General Session keynote speakers are guaranteed to encourage and motivate you. In fact, they may transform the way you think about school nutrition. Ross Shafer is one of the most popular speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of personal motivation, reinvention and market relevance, and he will offer you a fresh approach to change, transition and growth. A comedian and former Emmy-winning TV host, Shafer is also the best-selling author of Nobody Moved Your Cheese and has produced 14 human resource training films on customer service, motivation, leadership and peer pressure. While the words “change” or “transition” can strike fear in just about anyone, Shafer will inspire you to make change and transition work for you—today, tomorrow and always!

Do the changing obstacles that sprout up in your business sometimes throw you for a loop? As a leader in school nutrition, it’s important to be prepared for obstacles, learn how to overcome them, and create positive possibilities for the future. For more than 20 years, Jackie Freiberg, leadership expert and bestselling author of several books, including NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success has dedicated her career to helping leaders do their BEST work to create a BETTER world. Freiberg is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation and is among the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” (Leadership Excellence magazine). Get ready to lighten up, loosen up and take away powerful tools that you can use immediately as Freiberg shares how to create possibilities for your BEST future.

All this and more awaits you at CNIC 2013. Registerby November 26 to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate!

Related Links:

CNIC 2013

Keynote Speakers

Register for CNIC

“Chopped” Scavenger Hunt Champions Selected

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October 16, 2012 – SNA received nearly 200 entries in the “Chopped” Scavenger Hunt! Congrats to Peggy Harrell of Mize, MS, who won the prize drawing. The Grand Prize winner, Peggy received a Master Chef cookware set from All-Clad.

Twenty-five other winners were picked to receive Food Network cookbooks. They are:

1. Debora Paschall, SNS, of Seaford, VA
2. Debra Maki of Portsmith, NH
3. Katheryn Banks of Corington, GA
4. Charlotte Blanchard of Labadieville, LA
5. Patricia Lazzaroni of Aurora, CO
6. Lorie Williams of Union, KY
7. Rosalind Reams of Little Rock, AR
8. Pam Henry of Winston, GA
9. Betsy Kelley of Forest Lake, MN
10. Jennifer Caporali of Franklin, TN
11. Sarah Maver of Fairfield, CT
12. Karen Ghiardi of Morgantown, WV
13. Kennie Ryan of Carlsbad, NM
14. Michele Hepner of Geneso, IL
15. Jeanne Shumann of Cross Plains, WI
16. Kathy Watkins of Fayette, AL
17. Amy Richards of Tucson, AZ
18. Kelly Sheehey of St. Paul, MN
19. Dorey Isetts of Lone Jack, MO
20. Genna Cockerham of Monroe, VA
21. Patricia Fredrickson of Kennesburg, CO
22. Carolyn Huston of Cartersville, GA
23. Andrea Murray of Lawrenceville, GA
24. Beth Todd of Palmersville, TN
25. Nancy Latiolais of Saint Martinsville, LA

Thank you to all participants for watching the episode and supporting the school chefs! “Chopped” is one of Food Network’s top-rated shows, and the school chefs episode helped spread awareness about hardworking, creative, passionate school nutrition professionals.

To view bonus footage of the “Chopped” contestants’ trip to Washington, D.C., and the White House garden, click here.

NSLW 2012 Kicks Off with Presidential Proclamation

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October 15, 2012 – National School Lunch Week (NSLW) has arrived. Check out the official Presidential Proclamation, issued by the White House!

Don’t forget, there are plenty of resources to make your NSLW celebration come alive at www.schoolnutrition.org/cooking. On the site you can access a toolkit full of ideas, handouts for both students and parents, and much more.

Share your celebration with SNA! Send photos and a brief description of your NSLW promotion to snmagazine@schoolnutrition.org or mail it to NSLW Wrap-Up, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. You may be featured in School Nutrition magazine.

If you email photos to SNA this week, you may be featured on the SNA Facebook page!

Have a fantastic NSLW. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been cooking up!

Cast Your Vote in the 2012 SNA Election

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October 15, 2012 – It’s that time of year again—the time when you get to help decide who serve on SNA’s 2013-15 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Who will be the voice for your interests and concerns in the coming years? The decision is in your hands! Be sure to cast your vote between October 15 and November 15, 2012.

This year, the election features 22 candidates from around the country who share a common interest: a passion for child nutrition. For the full list of candidates and their biographies, log on to www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection. You can also learn more about the two candidates running for Vice President by opening to pages 44-45 of your October issue of School Nutrition magazine. When elected, this person begins a four-year cycle that includes the positions of president-elect, president and School Nutrition Foundation president. The newly elected officers and Nominating Committee representatives will be announced in late November and officers will be installed in July 2013 at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

How to Vote
In order to vote, your SNA membership must have been valid and current as of May 31, 2012. You will NOT be eligible to vote if you became a member or reinstated your membership after this date. Members in the Affiliate, Other or Student membership category are not eligible to vote. The slate of candidates that you are eligible to vote for is based on your membership section and the SNA region you work in.

To cast your vote, go to www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection and click on “Vote Now.” You will be prompted to enter your SNA username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be directed to the voting site where you will then vote. Prompts will guide you through the online voting process, but to save time, please make all of your selections in advance. The “polls” will be open from October 15 to November 15, 2012.

It is critical that you participate in this annual voting process and have your voice heard. This responsibility is significant to the Association and to the overall future of school nutrition programs nationwide. For questions about the SNA Election, please contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822.

Gluten-Free Resources for National School Lunch Week Available

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October 11, 2012—As schools prepare to showcase their achievements and improvements in the lunchroom during National School Lunch Week (October 15-19), the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is bringing attention to gluten-free needs and how schools can meet them. Available online from NFCA are resources that may be useful to school nutrition operations, including a tip sheet titled “8 Great Ways to Recognize Gluten-Free Needs During National School Lunch Week.” 

To help school nutrition professionals meet gluten-free needs throughout the school year, NFCA also offers an online gluten-free training program for school nutrition professionals and a month-long meal plan that schools can adopt for serving gluten-free students.

To view these resources from NFCA, visit www.celiaccentral.org/schools/nslw2012.

Related Link

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness: National School Lunch Week Resources

First Round of Fuel Up to Play 60 Free Conference Registration Winners Announced

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October 9, 2012 – Four lucky SNA winners have been already awarded a free conference registration as part of SNA’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Sweepstakes. Have you registered for Fuel Up to Play 60 yet? SNA members that register for Fuel Up to Play 60 and link to a school/district are automatically entered for a chance to win a free SNA conference registration!

The first four winners are:

  • Barbara Lee, Livermore Valley School District, Livermore, CA
  • Lisa Smith, Highlands County School District, Sebring, FL
  • Debora Hanson, Alta-Aurelia Community Schools, Aurelia, IA
  • Lucy Murphy, Cherokee County Schools, Canton, GA

Congrats to the prize drawing winners! If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time. There will be a second drawing for four more free conference registrations at the end of December 2012.

Register soon—the sweepstakes ends December 31, 2012. SNA members can sign up or link to a school on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. For details and official rules, click here.

Whole Grains Council Seeking Entries for Whole Grains Challenge

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October 5, 2012—The Whole Grains Council invites school nutrition professionals to enter the Sixth Annual Whole Grains Challenge. Participants can enter in one of two categories: “Veterans,” for those schools that had been offering a variety of whole grains even before the new meal pattern regulation, and “Rookies,” for schools that have made significant progress in boosting whole grains in school meals, but could use some additional assistance in preparing kid-friendly whole-grain options. One school will win the grand prize of a visit from a guest chef, who will conduct a workshop on preparing whole-grain kid-friendly dishes.

Five winners from each category will receive a variety of cases of whole grain-rich products.

Entries are due November 1, 2012. For more information or to enter, visit www.wholegrainscouncil.org/get-involved/2012-whole-grains-challenge.

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Whole Grains Council Whole Grains Challenge

School Nutrition Leaders Discuss Top Challenges in Magazine

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October 5, 2012—The arrival of October signals the start of fall and means that the school year is well underway. The October issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, features an assortment of articles designed to educate and inspire busy school nutrition professionals, including a conversation with the magazine’s 8th annual Roundtable of Leaders, a primer on understanding business jargon and an overview of products selected as top of the class by School Nutrition’s team of Secret Shoppers at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver. 

As all school nutrition professionals know, it’s a challenging time to be charged with feeding kids today. How are today’s school nutrition directors rising to the occasion—and what keeps them coming back for more? Don’t miss “Leading in Challenging Times” for insights from a group of 10 district directors hailing from large and small districts across the country to find out. Bonus Web Content: Access additional reflections from these leaders on such topics as their operational achievements and how they are meeting new regulatory challenges.

People in all professions, from manufacturing to government to education to school nutrition, quickly become accustomed to using their own unique sets of terms and abbreviations. Learn more about management-level business jargon in “Business Speak 101.”

For the third year in a row, a discerning group of volunteer “secret shoppers” were charged with seeking out the most exciting items on display in the Exhibit Hall in Denver. Take a look at “Secret Shopper: Denver Nuggets” to discover some solutions that could become “must-haves” for your school meals operation.

Interested in serving made-from-scratch meals, but short on time or resources? You can balance these elements, plus quality and space, by incorporating speed scratch cooking approaches. “Getting up to Speed” explores some of the creative, cost-saving ways that districts coast to coast are combining fresh ingredients with specially selected prepared items. Bonus Web Content: To complement the recipes featured in this print article, check out online-exclusive recipes for Baked Ziti With Meat Sauce, Whole-Wheat Rolls and Good for You Creamy Salad Dressing—all developed by school nutrition operations.

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School Nutrition –October 2012   

Dear Boss: Send me to CNIC 2013 in San Antonio

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October 3, 2012 – Your district, like many others, is likely looking for ways to reduce costs and to ensure that the money spent to meet students’ needs goes as far as possible. And in these tough economic times, with tight budgets and new nutrition standards, school nutrition professionals face significant challenges.

At SNA’s 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), January 13-15, 2013, in San Antonio, you’ll discover amazing information and ideas in child nutrition to transform your operation and give you the results you need for success!

We’ve made it easy for you to communicate with your supervisor about the importance of attending CNIC. Just download the letter template (feel free to tailor the information to your district’s needs) and submit it directly to your boss.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

Related Links:

CNIC 2013

CNIC Registration

CNIC Letter to Your Supervisor

CNIC Hotel & Travel


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