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Mary Hill, SNS Named President of School Nutrition Association

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Mary Hill, SNS Named President of School Nutrition Association

CHICAGO (July 18, 2007) – On the final day of the School Nutrition Association’s 61st Annual National Conference, in Chicago, Ill. over 6,000 members and participants welcomed a new president of the Association. 

Mary Hill, SNS, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services for Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Miss. became the 60th president of the Association. Hill, a native of Jackson, Miss., has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Southern Mississippi and is credentialed as a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS.) Prior to beginning a career in school nutrition in 1983 she taught commercial food courses to vocational/technical students. 

Hill is currently the Executive Director of the Child Nutrition Programs in Jackson, Miss., after starting as a Director for the district 24 years ago.  The districts’ 59 schools serve over 31,600 students and feed 28,500 nutritious school lunches and 12,000 school breakfasts to students each school day, as well during the summer.

As President of SNA, Hill plans to focus on membership growth; provide more member services from the Association; and continue building positive relationships with other associations to improve children’s health. Hill is also passionate about legislative issues.

Hill is active in many professional and volunteer organizations and has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national levels leading up to her new position as President. Hill served on her first national association committee in 1988 and as the 1989-90 president of the Mississippi School Food Service Association. Hill succeeds Janey Thornton, PhD SNS and will serve one year as the elected president of the School Nutrition Association.

Hill was named president at the final session of the SNA conference in Chicago. The SNA Annual National Conference, July 15 – 18, 2006, featured over 6,000 school nutrition professionals and school foodservice industry members participating in over 100 workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers including former White House Chef Walter Sheib. 

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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