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SNA Monitors NSLP and SBP Participation Changes

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April 23, 2013 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA is tracking fluctuations in participation levels for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program in order to understand national participation trends. Using data from USDA, SNA is specifically interested in comparing the participation rates for the 2012-13 school year with those from the 2011-12 school year. SNA will provide periodic updates on participation trends as the Association continues to monitor the data.


National School Lunch Program

  • Based on participation data for September through December, the average number of students participating in the National School Lunch Program for SY 2012-13 has decreased 3.07%, compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). The biggest decreases are seen in the paid meal category, with a 9.39% decrease, and the reduced-price category, with a 4.12% decrease. Average participation in the free category has remained similar and increased slightly.
  • The average number of students participating per day was higher in November and December than in September and October.
  • So far, the average student participation tended to be lowest for the month of October (e.g., lowest participation for all categories except reduced-price). Additionally, October 2012 had the biggest decreases in participation when compared to October 2011 across each category (paid, free and reduced-price).

To view the National School Lunch Participation Tracking Charts, click here and here.

School Breakfast Program

  • Based on participation data for September through December, the average number of students participating in the School Breakfast Program for SY 2012-13 has increased 1.97%, compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). However, there are decreases in average student participation in the paid category (-1.41%) and reduced-price category (-0.6%).

To view the School Breakfast Program Participation Tracking Charts, click here and here.

SNA is also collecting information from school nutrition programs related to the operational impacts of the changes occurring in school nutrition program in its trendSETS newsletter.

Source: Program Information Report. Program Reports, Analysis and Monitoring Branch, Budget Division, Financial Management, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012).

Preparing for ANC 2013: The Exhibit Hall

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April 22, 2013 – Frequently cited as the most anticipated part of SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), the Exhibit Hall in Kansas City promises to be bigger and better than ever. An exhibit hall this big—it features more than 800 booths from 325 companies—requires advanced planning so you can make the most of the time available.

“The ANC Exhibit Hall atmosphere is filled with gleaming excitement all around,” says Georgine Miley, national school specialist for Mrs. T’s, proving that the anticipation for the hall extends beyond school nutrition employees and into industry members as well. “The activities taking place are sure to make the attendees trip a memorable one. The show is filled with an awesome display of exhibits with manufacturers ready to bring their ‘A’ game and make things happen.”

When you’re a ANC first-timer or a veteran in need of a refresher course, take look at some of the Exhibit Hall’s new features and old favorites.

  • For the first time, the Exhibit Hall will house four “You Are Here” kiosks, 42-inch touch screens that showcasing interactive maps, directors and searchable listings of the exhibitors. These kiosks make getting lost in the hall a thing of the past.
  • Find what you need in the Exhibit Hall mainstay special aisles. These include Dairy Way, USDA Lane, the Green aisle and Produce Row, all designed to create a one-stop shop for your particular needs.
  • What’s the latest and greatest in the school nutrition marketplace? The New Product Showcase and Cutting-Edge Complex can answer that question, giving you ideas on how to keep your school nutrition operation up-to-date and running as efficiently as possible.
  • There’s nothing more delicious than discovering fresh ways to prepare and serve school meals. During the culinary demonstrations, meet with experts who can share culinary secrets and nutrition tips to increase participation at your school.
  • When the excitement of the Exhibit Hall has proven to be too much, stop by Wellness Village for a chance to relax and pick up tips from the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, the Red Cross and more.

Don’t miss the grand opening and ribbon cutting of ANC 2013’s Exhibit Hall on Monday, July 15th. Register for ANC in Kansas City today!

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