December 2, 2011 – As a school nutrition director or manager working in the “trenches” day in and day out, you know all too well that the profession is at a critical crossroads, not only in terms of ongoing media scrutiny and looming new regulations, but also in terms of the ever-changing food tastes, preferences and needs of today’s savvy youngsters. How do you stay on top of it all and still manage to run a successful school meals program? The answer is simple. You attend SNA’s upcoming Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), January 15-17, 2012, where you’ll create your roadmap for navigating the most complex challenges on the school nutrition road today!
Of course, SNA isn’t the only one touting the important education and learning that will be gained by attending next month’s gathering in Orlando. In a video from Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, the keynote speaker reminds us that “the food world around us is changing at lightning speed” and praised CNIC as “one of the most important school nutrition conferences of the year.”
At CNIC on Sunday, January 15, Lempert will present the session, “Kids as Consumers: How They Impact Your Business,” where he will present on the sweeping changes happening in the purchasing power and eating habits of kids today and how these changes impact your operation. Also, you will learn how to carry your program into the future as Lempert provides as insightful look at food trend predictions for 2012.
Lempert is the master of many trades—television & radio news reporter, newspaper columnist, author, consumerologist and food marketing expert—and is widely respected for his uncanny ability to spot food, marketing and consumer trends before they happen. You may recognize him from his regular appearances on NBC’s “The Today Show,” where he reports on consumer trends, food safety and money-saving tips, as well as showcases new products. He also makes monthly appearances on ABC’s “The View,” and has had numerous appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “20/20,” CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and Discovery Health.
This session is just one of the many fascinating presentations that will be a part of CNIC 2012. To learn more about all the sessions and networking events that will make next month’s conference well worth your time out the school nutrition trenches, just visit www.schoolnutrition.org/cnic. And remember, if you haven’t yet registered for CNIC, today is the last day to take advantage of the Regular Rate registration deadline. After today, all registrations received will be charged at the Onsite Rate!
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Changes to Law Allow Schools to Donate Excess Cafeteria Food to Local Food Banks
Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) has written a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter in support of the recent passage of the minibus and language regarding excess cafeteria food donations. The recently-enacted appropriations minibus included language amending the school lunch program to allow schools to donate excess cafeteria food to local food pantries. Rep. Wolf and Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) have been supportive of this effort for many years and are hopeful that more food will be donated to local food banks from area school cafeterias. In his letter, Rep. Wolf also reinforces the fact that the donations are covered by the Good Samaritan Act and are protected from liability from liability.
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