SNA Press Releases

Get the 'Healthy Edge'

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Erik Peterson, School Nutrition Association 

(703) 739-3900, ext. 124

Elisabeth Wenner, Kraft Foods

(847) 646-4271


Healthy Edge: Building Healthy School Meals Focuses On Building Good School Nutrition

Alexandria, VA (October 24, 2005) – The School Nutrition Association, the Child Nutrition Foundation and Kraft Foods announce the launch of Healthy Edge: Building Healthy School Meals an online continuing education curriculum providing nutritious meal instruction to child nutrition professionals.  The curriculum provides child nutrition professionals with 10 credit hours of continuing education developed to help them provide safe, healthy school meals, while teaching children the value of good nutrition.  The program is an approved course for any professional seeking SNA certification.

The much anticipated course helps professionals piece together the often complex puzzle of providing nutritious, tasty foods that kids will enjoy.  It also helps professionals understand the importance of reasonable portion sizes and the value of nutrition education for promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“Healthy Edge: Building Healthy School Meals provides quality education in an easy to use online format,” states Karen Johnson, President of the Child Nutrition Foundation.  “It brings the information necessary to receive certification to your home, library or workplace and moves according to your schedule.  It has never been so easy to improve your credibility and career as it is right now with this new online program.”

By taking Healthy Edge: Building Healthy School Meals, users will learn the most essential and current school nutrition and foodservice information.  A specific focus will be placed on:

  • The latest dietary guidelines including portion size, variety, essential nutrients, etc.
  • Insuring that food is handled and prepared safely
  • Marketing to the toughest customers – the students
  • Making a long-term impact on students’ health through nutrition education

“Helping people eat and live better is important to Kraft,” notes Ed Kaczmarek, category business director, Kraft Foodservice.  “Healthy Edge which places emphasis on good nutrition and helps promote a healthy lifestyle, is a valuable tool for child nutrition professionals and we’re proud to be a supporter.”

A complete revision of the previously available Healthy Edge 2000 CD Rom, Healthy Edge: Building Healthy School Meals is available through Child Nutrition U on the SNA website for a one-time fee of $50.  The generous sponsorship of Kraft Foods has made it possible to bring you this current information in an interactive and engaging format. 

This online course replaces the previous HE2K CD Rom, which became inactive October 21, 2005.

About Kraft Foods

Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) markets many of the world's leading food brands, including Kraft cheese, Maxwell House and Jacobs coffees, Nabisco cookies and crackers, Philadelphia cream cheese, Oscar Mayer meats, Post cereals and Milka chocolates, in more than 155 countries.

About School Nutrition Association

The School Nutrition Association (SNA)  is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well-being through school meals and sound nutrition education.


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SNA Announces “Capturing The School Milk Opportunity”

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New Program Sponsored by the Milk Processor Education Program

September 16, 2005, Washington, D.C. – Research has shown that improving the variety, quality and packaging of milk sold as part of school meals can increase meal participation. Capitalizing on those findings, the School Nutrition Association (SNA), in conjunction with the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), recently announced a new series of free educational seminars designed to increase participation in school nutrition programs.

The “Capturing the School Milk Opportunity” seminars demonstrate that an enhanced milk program can provide a significant opportunity to improve student nutrition, as well as school meal line satisfaction and participation. The seminar content showcases over five years of research and test marketing from schools across the United States highlighting details on how their school milk programs were improved. The seminars will educate participants on customized ways to expand their school milk program.

The 6-hour seminars are scheduled to start in late October 2005 and continue through March 2006, and will be held in over 40 cities across the U.S. The seminar is part of SNA’s Certification Program and Continuing Education Units will be applied. Details on dates, locations, and registration procedures will be available to SNA members at

“Milk plays a key role in the diet of students which is why it is a required part of the school lunch program,” say Barbara Belmont, Executive Director of the School Nutrition Association.” “The “Capturing the School Milk Opportunity’ seminar offers our members a hands-on approach to implementing proven strategies for building their school nutrition programs.”

The “Capturing the School Milk Opportunity” seminar provides participants a complete kit featuring school case studies and a Financial Calculation Tool that will help in estimating potential changes to sales and revenues. Ideas for merchandising changes, promotions, procurement, flavor testing and sampling are also included.

“MilkPEP is proud to be partnering with the School Nutrition Association. Our goal is to equip SNA members with a sound business model that demonstrates how milk can be a driver of revenues and profits to sustain a strong nutrition program,” says Victor Zaborsky, Senior Marketing Manager for the International Dairy Foods Association. “This program can help SNA members maximize the financial and nutritional benefits of milk. It is the beverage of choice for improving students’ health as well as the bottom line.”

Additional features of the “Capturing the School Milk Opportunity” Seminar include:

  • Progressive development steps that lead to a well-developed school milk program
  • Insights from school foodservice directors with details on how they reworked their milk programs
  • A review of the impact an improved milk program can have on student nutrition
  • Information on the business case that includes ways to improve food service financial performance

The seminar schedule and registration information will be available on Visit for tips and resources on enhancing your school milk program.

Letter from SNA President Responding to Hurricane Katrina and the Aftermath

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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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