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SNA Continues to Monitor NSLP and SBP Participation Changes

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May 23, 2013 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA is continuing to track national participation levels for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. 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 February, the average number of students participating in the National School Lunch Program for SY 2012-13 has decreased 3.3%, compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). The biggest decreases are seen in the paid meal category, with a 10.0% decrease, and the reduced-price category, with a 5.3% decrease. Average participation in the free category has increased 0.76%.

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

School Breakfast Program

  • Based on participation data for September through January, 13.15 million students are participating in the School Breakfast Program for SY 2012-13. This is an increase of 2.6% compared to the same time frame last school year (2011-12). These increases are due to an increase in participation from students in the free meal category where 3.8% more students are participating. Average participation in the paid and reduced-price categories has decreased.

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

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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: Exploring Kansas City

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May 22, 2013 – Even though thousands of SNA members attend the Annual National Conference (ANC) each year with the shared goal of professional development, that doesn’t mean the sights, sounds and tastes of the surrounding city need to be ignored. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine just named Kansas City the most affordable getaway in the country! When you visit Kansas City, Missouri, for this year’s conference, take some time to discover everything that the “City of Fountains” has to offer.

The Sights
You can’t miss the fountains when you visit Kansas City—literally, the city is so rife with fountains that you won’t be able to miss them. Closest to the Convention Center, where the majority of ANC events take place, is the Barney Allis Plaza Fountain, which runs for nearly a block and features water cascading down a series of granite steps. Other noteworthy fountains include the Crown Center Square Fountain, which features synchronized 60-foot-high jets of water every hour (on the weekends) and the Henry Wollman Block Memorial Fountain in front of Union Station, which runs a water show for five minutes every half an hour.

Of course, Kansas City has non-water-based sights, too — don’t miss three of the nation’s “Art Deco treasures,” the Municipal Auditorium, Power and Light Building and Jackson County Courthouse. Stop into one of more of a dozen museums, including the nation’s only World War I museum and the American Jazz Museum.

The Sounds
“New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, but America’s music grew up in Kansas City.” The city’s rich musical legacy is still bopping today at a slew of jazz and blue clubs dotting downtown Kansas City. According to the Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Association, more than 20 area nightclubs feature jazz on a regular basis. Stop into one of the jazz clubs in the famed 18th and Vine District, known as one of the “cradles of jazz.” If you’re not a jazz fan, other nightclubs, theatres and entertainment options—particularly in the Power & Light District downtown Kansas City—can keep you busy after ANC’s sessions end for the day.

The Tastes
In December 2011, Saveur magazine named Kansas City “the next great grub city.” You can’t think about Kansas City without imagining mouthwatering barbecue—there are more barbecue restaurants per capita here than in any other city. This regional cuisine is marked by slow-smoking all sorts of meats, from pork to chicken to fish.

While it might seem blasphemous to skip barbecue, there are other cuisines to try—Kansas City is also known for great soul food and Mexican food. Plus, Travel + Leisure also ranked it as number 10 on the list of top cities for pizza in the country!

If you would like to take in the sights, sounds and tastes Kansas City has to offer, contact the concierge desk at your chosen hotel for more information about tours and sightseeing opportunities. Navigate to for itineraries, landmarks and more. Don’t forget to register for ANC 2013 by May 30, 2013, the deadline for the regular rate discount. Visit

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