SNA News

In Memory of Earnestine Camp

 Permanent link

December 12, 2012—Earnestine Camp, who dedicated much of her life to the school nutrition profession, passed away December 6, 2012, at age 92. Camp worked for the School Food Service section of the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock, Ark., for 25 years after teaching home economics. She earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics and a master’s degree in education.

Earnestine Camp photo.jpg

During her career, which she began in 1942 prior to the enactment of the National School Lunch Act in 1946, Camp served as Southwest regional director of what was then the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) and as advisor to the executive board of the formerly-named Arkansas School Food Service Association.

“Earnestine was an advocate, champion, encourager, supporter, leader and role model in her contributions to feeding Arkansas children and in her spiritual life. Her ability to encourage young women to exceed their own personal expectations [was tremendous, as evidenced by a comment from one person she mentored that] ‘She believed in me, more than I believed in myself,’” said Wanda Shockey, MEd, RD, director of the Child Nutrition Unit of the Arkansas Department of Education.

In lieu of flowers, Camp’s family requests that friends and colleagues make donations to The Earnestine Camp Arkansas School Fund, c/o Arkansas School Nutrition Association, P.O. Box 3542, Little Rock, AR 72203; Arkansas Children’s Hospital, # 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202; or Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 North Shackleford Road, Little Rock, AR 72211.

Related Link

Earnestine Camp Obituary

Online Registration Now Open for LAC!

 Permanent link

December 11, 2012 – Online registration is now open for the annual gathering of school nutrition professionals in Washington, D.C., for SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC). This year’s event, taking place March 3-6, 2013, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, is your opportunity to be an advocate for children and make a difference in the future of school nutrition.

From passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to implementation of the new nutrition standards for school meals, school nutrition professionals have witnessed historic changes to our programs that have transformed the way we do business and our ongoing mission to serve children. LAC 2013 is a place where you can network with other professionals and continue the process of discovering solutions to the complex challenges.

LAC offers the perfect setting to tackle new issues and share ideas for transforming our programs to meet the demands of our industry and our customers. Highlights of this year’s conference will include:

  • Two dynamic pre-conference sessions! This training will include an interactive session on how to become a more effective spokesperson, and another session that will offer tips and tools for creating healthy meals.
  • A political insider’s review of the recent elections and their impact on the political landscape of the new Congress.
  • Presentations from key Members of Congress, USDA and allied organizations on latest developments with the new meal pattern and other major issues facing child nutrition programs.
  • The largest number of breakout sessions in LAC history, featuring the hottest topics in school nutrition.
  • An exciting new Capitol Hill reception allowing SNA members and industry partners to visit firsthand with members of Congress and their staff.

The keynote speaker for LAC is Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and chief White House correspondent and the host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC. Todd’s up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary has made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage, and his on-air political analysis can be seen almost daily.

These are just some of the wonderful opportunities that await you at LAC, so make plans today to join us in our nation’s capital for four inspiring days as we walk the halls of Congress, network with colleagues and discuss the state of our programs!

To learn more about LAC 2013, including invited speakers, registration and hotel accommodations, visit The special Early Bird registration rate deadline is January 21, 2013, so don’t delay—register today!

Related Links:

LAC 2013

Register for LAC

Bookmark and Share