June 29, 2012—The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), creators of the National Milk Mustache “got milk?(R)” campaign, recently announced the winner of its 2011 Spotlight On contest. Michelle Milley, cafeteria manager, St. Jane Frances School in Pasadena, Md., worked to improve her students’ nutrition by serving only fat-free chocolate and lowfat white milk and eliminating less nutritious beverages. She used Milk Mustache celebrity posters to create a buzz, and the school saw milk consumption begin to rise. At her school of 350 students, about 250 units of milk are consumed per day.
As part of her award, Milley will be featured in a print advertising campaign. To learn more about the “got milk?” campaign and to submit an entry to be considered as a monthly winner in the school foodservice category, visit www.milkdelivers.org/schools/spotlight-on/school-foodservice.
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June 28, 2012 – SNA has received the following information about the Colorado Wildfires from the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau. They say that “the Denver Metro area is not threatened in any way and our air quality is within normal standards.”
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our 2012 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver and will notify you if we receive any further information about the wildfires. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the fires.
The complete memo from the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with a second about construction at Denver International Airport is available below:
You might have seen media coverage that Colorado is experiencing several fires. The High Park forest fire is 55% contained and is 75 miles North of Denver. The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs is more than 60 miles South of Denver. There is a fire Southwest of Boulder which is approximately 35 miles from Denver. We want to assure you that the Denver Metro area is not threatened in any way and our air quality is within normal standards.
We are in constant communications with our friends at the Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureaus, as they continue to update their clients and visitors on areas impacted by the fires. In each city, there are still many activities available for recreation and visitation.
Rocky Mountain National Park and the popular Indian Peaks Wilderness area, as well as, all other mountain areas of Colorado to the west along the I-70 corridor (including Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Aspen and Steamboat), and all points South (including Crested Butte, Telluride, Durango and Mesa Verde National Park) are more than 100 miles from the fire areas and have had no impact from the fires or smoke. These areas are very open and accessible from Denver.
More information on the fires can be found at the Colorado Division of Emergency Management website (www.coemergency.com) or on Twitter at @COEmergency. Updates on Colorado wildfires are also available at www.inciweb.org/state/6/.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have been impacted by these natural disasters. For ways to help those affected by the wildfires in Colorado, visit www.HelpColoradoNow.org.
Pardon Our Dust While We Improve Denver International Airport
Work has begun at Denver International Airport on a new 500-room Westin hotel and conference center and a new commuter rail line that will connect the airport to downtown Denver by 2016. Construction of these exciting projects will result in some temporary detours for arriving and departing passengers. Most people will notice very little difference. Please just follow the orange detour signs, or go to www.flydenver.com/construction for complete information and updates.
Denver International Airport is working closely with VISIT DENVER and our local transportation companies with commercial vehicles to ensure the impact on arriving passengers is minimal. You may also want to allow a few extra minutes to your transfer times, if applicable. If you are coordinating any customized “group” transfers please contact your VISIT DENVER service manager so we can put you in direct contact with DIA ground transportation for appropriate staging.
VISIT DENVER will continually monitor the progress of this exciting project and be sure to keep you updated.
June 25, 2012 – SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is just a few weeks away, and the anticipation level is at an all-time high!
There is a lot to see and do at the “School Nutrition Event of the Year.” And with more than 90 education breakout sessions, networking opportunities and the largest exhibit hall in school nutrition (featuring 840 exhibit booths packed with nutritious foods and beverages, services, equipment and technology), you’ll want to get a jump start on planning your conference itinerary.
And now you can do just that—before you even step foot in Denver—by previewing the new digital version of the official ANC Program Guide.
This handy guide includes all the general information, conference logistics, and session and event details you need to enjoy ANC to the fullest. From the latest hot topic education sessions (like the just announced, “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern”), to exciting special events, to checking out which exhibitors will be in the Exhibit Hall—the ANC Program Guide will ensure you don’t miss a thing!
In addition, the guide is available as a PDF. Save time by downloading it in advance, and then access it whenever you want from your laptop, cell phone or any device with a mobile web browser. Plus, users of iBooks or Kindle apps can easily store the guide in their library and take advantage of features like bookmarking and search.
Start preparing your ANC experience now and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running when you arrive in Denver!
P.S. If you haven’t yet registered for ANC, there is still time. SNA has extended its Regular Rate registration deadline, and will now accept registrations until June 29, 2012. But hurry—after Friday, all registrations must be submitted onsite and will be charged at the Onsite Rate.
Please note: All ANC attendees will receive a hard copy of the ANC Program Guide upon registration in Denver.
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June 25, 2012—Now that summer is here, many school nutrition programs participate in the Summer Food Service Program to assist families whose children may not otherwise receive healthy summer meals. Another such program that many school districts coordinate, often during the academic year, to assist students who would not otherwise receive meals is a backpack program.
One such district, Yankton (S.D.) School District, has an inspiring story to share about how the community teamed up to save a backpack program whose funds were in danger of being drastically reduced.
Sandi Kramer, the Yankton district’s school nutrition director, serves as a representative on the backpack program (called the Sack Pack Program) board. The volunteer board, which provides sack packs for the weekend for students in need, learned last school year that it did not have enough funds to run the Sack Pack program through the end of the school year without removing one school from the program. Ultimately, principals throughout the school district decided that the best option would be to drop one school, Stewart Elementary School, from the program.
Then, just before the 2011 holiday season, Kramer received a phone call from Mike Huether, the mayor of Sioux Falls, S.D. He had heard the news about Yankton’s Sack Pack program and asked how much money would be needed to continue to bring the program to Stewart Elementary for the rest of the school year. Huether volunteered to contribute the $7,000 needed to continue providing Sack Pack meals at Stewart and challenged the Sack Pack board to conduct a fundraiser. Huether and his wife Cindy, both Yankton natives, explained that they would match the amount raised.
Kramer and her board challenged everyone in the community to help. “We had doctors, clinics, hospital staff, manufacturers, school district staff, churches, parent teacher associations (PTAs) and student councils who contributed money,” she says, noting that in less than six weeks, the fundraiser surpassed the Sack Pack board’s goal of $25,000. With the Huethers’ matching donation, the community raised more than $55,000 to continue the Sack Pack program. In addition to serving the already participating schools, the program also will add another school in the fall.
Throughout the fundraiser, community members responded to radio challenges encouraging Yankton residents to donate. Doctors, representatives from local businesses and others went on the air to issue the challenges. Yankton herself and other Sack Pack board members also spoke over the air to explain the importance of the project and to detail the Sack Pack program. “I went on the radio and challenged all school district employees that my staff was [paying $1.00 to wear jeans and asked] what the teachers, custodians and secretaries could do to top us. I told how one PTA and student council donated money [and urged] others to match them or contribute more,” she explains. Other funds raised came from bake sales, community contests and beyond, including from a group of teachers who contributed their winnings from a district weight loss contest and another teacher who donated his winnings from a car dealership contest.
In an article in the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, Mike Huether noted, “The biggest surprise to me was, it wasn’t a lot of large-dollar donations. It was a lot of small ones. It was young people, old people, organizations and businesses rallying to raise over $25,000. It was a grassroots effort, and it was ultimately accomplished.”
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