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Janey Thornton, SFNS Named President of School Nutrition Association

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Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext. 124
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Janey Thornton, SFNS Named President of School Nutrition Association

LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2006) – On the final day of the School Nutrition Association’s 60th Annual National Conference, in Los Angeles, Calif. Over 5,000 members and participants welcomed a new president of the Association.

Janey Thornton, SFNS, Child Nutrition Director for Hardin County School District in Elizabeth County, Kentucky, became the 59th president of the Association. Thornton graduated with a Masters in vocational home economics and school administration. She is currently doctoral candidate in Hotel Restaurant Management from Iowa State University. After teaching for four years, she joined the Kentucky Department of Education as a Home Economics supervisor. Janey’s area of specialty was a gainful home economics program, which included Commercial Foods. During her 10 years in the department, she supervised home economics teachers and worked extensively with curriculum development, directing several projects jointly with the Kentucky Restaurant Association.

Janey is currently director of Child Nutrition Programs in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and has been in that position for the past 24 years. She has seen it grow from a district of less than 7,000 students to a current student population of approximately 14,000. Under her leadership, the district received the first ever Kentucky Exemplary School Food Service District award.

Janey is active in many professional organizations and has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national levels leading up to her new position as President. She is credentialed as a School Foodservice and Nutrition Specialist (SFNS.) Thornton succeeds Ruth Jonen, SFNS, and will serve one year as the elected president of the School Nutrition Association.

Thornton was named president at the final session of the SNA conference in Los Angeles. The SNA Annual National Conference, July 16 – 19, 2006, features over 4,600 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals participating in over 80 workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

SNA (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) 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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