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Thousands of School Foodservice Professionals to Meet in Minneapolis

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Thousands of School Foodservice
Professionals to Meet in Minneapolis

ALEXANDRIA, Va.,  June 28, 2002 – An estimated 6-7,000 attendees including exhibiting companies will travel to Minneapolis in July for the American School Foodservice Association’s (ASFSA) 56th Annual National Conference. The event takes place from Sunday July 21 to Wednesday July 24.  

This year’s theme is “School Nutrition: Dish It Up," and highlighting the event will be keynote addresses by Ed McMahon, one of the most recognized men in broadcast media, Senator Paul Wellstone, the senior senator from Minnesota and Ron Clark, a sixth grade teacher from Harlem, New York, voted Teacher of the Year in 2000. 

Individuals attending the conference, mainly school foodservice directors and their staff from school districts across the United States, will attend more than 100 education sessions in seven topic areas: Administration, Human Resources, Leadership, Nutrition, Operations, Outreach and Marketing, and Technology.  Among the noteworthy sessions scheduled are

  • Confronting Childhood Obesity
  • Approaches to Food Safety in the Child Nutrition Program
  • Computer-Based Training
  • Ending Hunger--Caring for Our Communities

“School Nutrition: Dish It Up" will offer many additional activities for those in attendance: the largest exhibit hall in the industry, culinary demonstrations, the ASFSA Marketplace and a gala awards presentation. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to earn continuing education units and take the School Foodservice & Nutrition Specialist (SFNS) Credentialing exam.

Other outstanding events, such as the Evening of Entertainment featuring Three Dog Night, and the Farewell Event at the Mall of America's Camp Snoopy, will attract thousands of participants.

The general sessions, educational sessions and exhibit hall are open free of charge to working press who wish to cover the conference for their publications. To obtain a press registration from contact Jan Stanton at 703-739-3900 ext. 149, or jstanton@asfsa.org. For more information on ASFSA’s Annual National Conference, please visit see Related Links.


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