Letter from SNA President Responding to Hurricane Katrina and the Aftermath
September 2, 2005 - On behalf of our 55,000 members throughout the United Sates, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) extends its condolences to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Our prayers go out to all who are affected, and we join with the nation in sorrow over the loss and suffering. We also pledge our support to the children and families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Many members of the School Nutrition Association have already generously pledged their support and can now contribute to a relief fund established by SNA and its sister organization, the Child Nutrition Foundation. SNA's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund will funnel all donations to our affected state affiliate associations to assist school nutrition professionals who have been impacted by this terrible disaster.
Last year, SNA worked in conjunction with the Florida School Nutrition Association to assist school foodservice employees and their families in Florida after four hurricanes hit the state in Fall 2004. SNA and its Foundation are committed once again to helping school nutrition professionals and the communities they serve, as Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts begin.
Those wishing to contribute to the SNA Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund may send a check to:
SNA's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
c/o School Nutrition Association/CNF
700 S. Washington Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims in the Gulf Coast states, those providing aid in the relief efforts and those nationwide who are desperate for news of family and friends.
Ruth Jonen, SFNS
School Nutrition Association
School Nutrition Professionals Equipped to Aid Relief Efforts
School nutrition professionals have a long history of community action and support in response to the emergencies that follow natural disasters. They work with federal, state, and local emergency management authorities to operate shelters and provide meals to temporary shelter residents.
This not only involves routine communication and planning to maintain a constant state of readiness, but it requires many additional actions in the period immediately preceding the disaster, during the disaster, and as recovery begins. These dedicated men and women work around the clock for hours and days to serve their neighbors in need.
As hurricanes, floods, wildfires and tornadoes have devastated American communities, SNA members have been an integral part of relief efforts in every instance. SNA commends the dedication that school nutrition professionals demonstrate during these difficult times. Not only do individuals directly affected by the disaster themselves rise up to assist their communities, but SNA members throughout the entire country come together with concern and support for their friends and colleagues.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service recently issued a memo easing school nutrition regulation in affected areas to feed children in schools. See Related Links for more information.
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