June 20, 2013 – On Monday, June 17, 2013, the SNA Board of Directors conveyed their decision to end SNA’s formal affiliation with the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) to the GCNF Board of Directors. The SNA Board voted unanimously not to renew the current Affiliation Agreement that expires on August 3, 2013.
Despite the dedication and tremendous efforts of GCNF leadership and staff, GCNF has faced significant challenges finding project grants and operations funding to fully support the GCNF mission since the economic recession. This is a similar challenge faced by many other non-profit organizations.
SNA has provided substantial financial, staffing and operational support to GCNF since it was established in 2007, and many SNA members have provided time and talent to support its mission. The SNA Board, however, has become increasingly concerned about the viability of GCNF. Upon careful consideration and consultation with legal counsel, the Board determined that SNA could not continue to provide the level of financial and in-kind support needed to sustain GCNF in the future. In addition, the Board deemed it more important to focus SNA resources on the challenges currently facing its members and school nutrition programs.
SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE, has been designated by the Board to lead implementation of the Board’s decision. SNA and GCNF staff will work together to ensure a smooth transition before the expiration of the current agreement.
As GCNF explores options to relocate to a university with a strong emphasis on nutrition and agriculture and a commitment to international development, SNA members and staff wish GCNF well in their future pursuits to improve and expand sustainable school feeding programs for children around the world.
June 19, 2013 – The application period for Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grants from General Mills Foodservice and the National Dairy Council is now open. The grants are designed to help K-12 schools improve their breakfast programs and increase participation. Schools in the United States that participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program are eligible to apply for up to $2,000 in funding.
Additionally, schools must have support from their school principal, district school nutrition director and school nutrition manager, a school enrollment of at least 500 and a breakfast participation level less than 40%. They also must demonstrate an opportunity to raise breakfast participation.
The deadline to submit an application is July 26, 2013. For more information or to apply, visit http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/funds/introduction.php.
Fuel Up Breakfast Grants Application
June 19, 2013 – As a director-level member, your goal at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is to not only learn and engage with your colleagues, but also seek out new products that make sense for your operation and come at the right price. In 2013, SNA is making it easier than ever for directors to connect with key industry members with expanded Exhibit Hall time just for directors, and the return of the Directors’ All-Access Pass.
Head to the Exhibit Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center on Tuesday, July 16th, for directors-only access to hundreds of companies and products that can boost the efficiency and participation of your school meal program. For the 2013 conference, this unfettered access has been extended to three hours, from 8:30 to 11:30 am, to give more time for directors to meet personally with key sales representatives.
While there, pick up your Directors’ All-Access Pass card; visit at least five of the booths identified on the card, and you will be entered into a drawing for a meetings registration package for 2014 that gives you access to the School Nutrition Industry Conference (January 2014), Legislative Access Conference (March 2014) and next year’s Annual National Conference in Boston, Mass.
If you haven’t yet registered to attend ANC 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc to learn more about the opportunity to attend the school nutrition event of the year! See you in the heart of the nation!
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