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Pat McCoy Named SNA Industry Member of the Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext 124

Pat McCoy Named SNA Industry Member of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 29, 2006 – Pat McCoy SFNS, Vice President of School Foodservice Sales for Schwan’s Foodservice, was named the fourth recipient of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award. McCoy, who has been involved in child nutrition programs for twenty years, was nominated by SNA past presidents Marilyn Hurt SFNS, Penny McConnell SFNS and Gertrude Applebaum for his “personal commitment, energy and selflessness” to his work on behalf of the Association and school nutrition.

Since becoming an SNA member in 1986, McCoy has supported the efforts of school nutrition professionals in a wide variety of ways, both individually and in his positions with Schwan’s Foodservice. His leadership efforts have resulted in Schwan’s continued support of college scholarships for SNA members and support for the Global Child Nutrition Forum and international school feeding efforts. He has directly been involved in aiding school nutrition labeling efforts, advocacy on behalf of the federal child nutrition programs and responding to the need by school nutrition professionals for reformulated, low-fat entree items.

McCoy has been an active SNA industry member and has held several leadership roles, including:

  • Board member, Child Nutrition Foundation, 2003-2006
  • Co-chair, “A Possible Dream” Gala, 2006
  • Co-chair, Child Nutrition Industry Conference 2004-2005
  • Member, SNA Industry Advisory Board, 2002-2004 and 1993-1995
  • Member, SNA Marketing Advisory Board 1996-1997
  • Member, SNA Member Services Committee, 1996-1997
  • Members, Strategic Planning Committee, 1994-1995
  • Member, Minnesota Commodity Pilot Committee

He is a regular attendee at SNA’s Annual national Conference, Child Nutrition Industry Conference and Legislative Action Conference.

In nominating McCoy for the award, McConnell wrote, he does everything in his power both personally and professionally to assist SNA meet its mission and be the nutrition voice for all children in the United States.

Join SNA members in congratulating Pat McCoy when the 2006 Individual Industry Member of the Year Award is presented during SNA’s 60th Annual National Conference in Los Angeles, California on Monday, July 17, 2006. McCoy, along with the 2006 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, will also be recognized at the Child Nutrition Foundation’s “A Possible Dream” Gala on Monday, March 5, 2007, in Washington, DC.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA), 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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