Foundation Focus - Winter 2016

A Message from the Chair of the School Nutrition Foundation

In less than three weeks we will gather for the third Annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. The annual fundraising event began in 2014 to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. The Celebration was so successful that the School Nutrition Foundation Board decided to hold the event annually.

If you are attending SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), you will want to attend the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. The heroes selected for 2016 are: Chris Burkhardt, SNS, of Liberty Township, Ohio; Sandra Hearn from Vicksburg, Mississippi; Jody Houston, SNS, of Corpus Christi, Texas; Samantha Ingram of Samson, Alabama; and Suellen Smith from Zephyrhills, Florida. These individuals, including two school nutrition directors and three managers, embody the commitment and the passion of all SNA members. When we recognize the accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals, we are celebrating the achievements of all SNA members as they enrich not only the schools and school districts, but also the communities, in which they work.

As I write this letter, we have already secured commitments for 304 seats, which surpasses the final total from 2015 of 265 paid attendees, as well as the final total for 2014 of 287 paid attendees. We are pleased to have increased the number of attendees and the total dollars in sponsorship. The total in sponsorships thus far for the 2016 Celebration is more than 50% over the 2015 total and also exceeds the 2014 total. The increase in revenue will allow SNF to offer more support for scholarships for SNA members to enhance their professional development through degree programs, conferences, and workshops.

We hope to see you on Monday, February 29, for the Third Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes!

Sandra Ford
Chair, School Nutrition Foundation

News and Updates

Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes

The Third Annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes is scheduled for Monday, February 29, 2016, from 7:00-9:30 pm, at the Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C 20001) in Salons 5 and 6. Business attire is appropriate for the event.

Held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), this year’s Celebration will recognize the following heroes:

  • Chris Burkhardt, SNS, Lakota Local School District, Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Sandra Hearn, Vicksburg Warren School District, Vicksburg, Miss.
  • Jody Houston, SNS, Corpus Christi Independent School District, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Samantha Ingram, Geneva County Schools, Samson, Ala.
  • Suellen Smith, Pasco County Schools, Zephyrhills, Fla.

Visit for more information, including profiles on the heroes. To order tickets, click here.

Sponsors of the Celebration

A sincere word of thanks goes to the sponsors of the Third Annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, who are generously supporting this year’s event. All of the sponsors from 2015 returned and six new sponsors are participating in 2016. Visit to view the list of sponsors.

2016 Dr. Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow

The fourth recipient of the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship is Ashley Whitener, the school nutrition manager at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia. Whitener joined SNA in 2009 and is active in Georgia SNA. In her fellowship application, she spoke passionately of the responsibility to raise our voices on behalf of our profession.

The National Policy Fellowship was established by a group of past presidents as a tribute to Dr. Martin, a long-time, passionate advocate for national policy to support school meals. The fellowship enables an SNA member to attend the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) for the first time. The award is made possible through contributions to the Josephine Martin Fund at the School Nutrition Foundation.

Jane Wynn, who passed away last year, was a champion for the Fund. As a last request, she asked friends and family to support the Josephine Martin Fund in her memory. The contributions in memory of Wynn were extraordinary and the 2016 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship is dedicated to her memory.

SNF and Share Our Strength Project on Afterschool Meals and Supper Programs

The School Nutrition Foundation is partnering with Share Our Strength to develop a co-branded best practices guide on afterschool meals and supper programs. SNF is working to identify members who represent school districts that vary in size and in geographical location to share insight on afterschool meal programs. The guide and a presentation on the project are expected to be offered at SNA’s 2016 Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio.

Breakfast in the Classroom Update

The School Nutrition Foundation—along with the other Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, NEA Healthy Futures, and Food Research and Action Center (FRAC))—has submitted the final report to the Walmart Foundation for Cycle 3 of the grant, which covered activity in 2014 and 2015. The Partners have successfully worked in 7 states, granting over 2 million dollars to over 20 school districts to expand breakfast in the classroom programs in almost 100 schools. These programs, which continue to be implemented, have the potential to increase breakfast participation by more than 25,000 additional students. The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom continue to build out robust technical assistance resources with webinars, videos, blogs and toolkits. Visit for more details about Breakfast in the Classroom.

Foundation Support in 2015

The School Nutrition Foundation finished 2015 with significant increases in financial support. Total dollars contributed to the School Nutrition Foundation increased by 21.3%, from $99,974 in 2014 to $121,267 in 2015. The Annual Fund grew by 35.8% from $20,176 in 2014 to $27,404 in 2015 and the total contributed to the Dr. Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship Fund more than doubled with $5,540 donated for the special fund in 2014 and $11,839 contributed in 2015. The number of donors to the School Nutrition Foundation grew from 169 individuals in 2014 to 315 individuals in 2015, an increase of 86.4%. The number of corporate donors increased from 66 to 74. A total of 172 individuals were new donors to the Foundation in 2015 and 33 corporate donors were new in 2015.

State Competition for Highest Percentage Participation

The state competition for the highest percentage participation concluded on December 31, 2015. The winners in each membership division are:

  • Less than 500 members: Wyoming with 1.7% participation; South Dakota was second with 1% participation;
  • 500 – 1,000 members: Illinois with 1.2% participation; New York close behind at 1.1%;
  • 1,001+ members: Florida with 1.5% participation; Virginia was a close second with 1.4%.

Those who contributed in each winning state will have their names in a drawing and the person whose name is drawn will receive two “reserved seats” for the ANC Final Event, a spectacular concert by RAIN. In a tribute to the Beatles will take you through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. To learn more about the concert, click here. The winners in each of three states will be notified in April.

Giving Tuesday

The second year in which the School Nutrition Foundation promoted Giving Tuesday resulted in 40 contributions totaling $6,200. The special day which features “unselfies” and social media promotion occurs on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Tuesday, December 1st, was the designated day of giving in 2015. The average gift was $155.00.

In 2014, the School Nutrition Foundation received 49 contributions totaling $5,220. Of that total, 36.2% was designated for the Dr. Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship Fund. These contributors represented 28.6% of those who contributed on Giving Tuesday 2014. The overall average gift for Giving Tuesday in 2014 was $106.53.

SN Sustainer’s Circle – Members in 2015

In 2015, five individuals made recurring gifts to the Annual Fund and their gifts will continue in 2016. These “sustainers” include Julia Bauscher, Mark Bordeau, Linda Irby, Kevin Ponce, and Derek Sanborn. These recurring gifts include both monthly and annual commitments. Debra Beauvais became the 6th person in the group by setting up a recurring gift earlier this month.

In 2016, the School Nutrition Foundation will be launching “The Sustainer’s Circle” to recognize those individuals who make recurring gifts. To make a recurring gift, click here and choose the frequency of monthly, quarterly or annual.

New Members of Legacy Circle

The School Nutrition Foundation welcomes two new members to the School Nutrition Legacy Circle. Beth Mincemoyer Egan, RD, SNS, and Joanne Robinett, SNS, have indicated their intent to include the School Nutrition Foundation in their estate plans. One is making the gift through a codicil to her will and the other is designating the Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement plan.

Beth Mincemoyer Egan is a member of the SNA and SNF Boards. She is a long-time member of SNA and currently serves as the Chair of the SNA Research Committee. She is a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University. JoAnne Robinett has over 30 years of experience in school foodservice. She is retired from day-to-day supervision, but stays engaged as the owner of “America’s Meal,” a school meal consulting and training firm.

The other two members of the School Nutrition Legacy Circle are Marcia Smith, PhD, SNS, and Patricia Montague, CAE. Marcia Smith, who has served as president of SNA and has served on the School Nutrition Foundation Board, is retired and lives in Florida. Patricia Montague serves as CEO of the School Nutrition Association and as Executive Director of the School Nutrition Foundation.

For more information on making a legacy gift to SNF, click here.

SNF State Ambassadors

For many years, the School Nutrition Foundation had Foundation State Representatives to support its programs and fundraising efforts across the nation. The SNF Board of Directors has suggested having state representatives again in 2016. The name of “SNF State Ambassador” is being considered, as the representatives will be ambassadors for the Foundation in their respective states. If you would like to be considered as the SNF State Ambassador for your state, contact SNF Director of Development Janet Hedrick at Watch for more news on SNF State Ambassadors.

Announcements and Reminders

SNF on Facebook and Twitter

You are invited to follow the School Nutrition Foundation on Facebook and Twitter. The Foundation continues to expand its reach on social media, with over over 2,000 fans on Facebook and 2,200 followers on Twitter. Also, be sure to follow our blog at

Scholarships for 2016-17

Applications for Professional Development Scholarships for 2016-17 are being accepted until April 4. The scholarships assist SNA members who are enrolled in degree programs with tuition and books. The scholarships include those funded by Schwan’s Food Service and SNF Professional Growth Scholarships, which are funded from proceeds from past special events. In addition, the Sandi Brooker Scholarship funded with gifts made in memory of Sandi, and the Nancy Curry Scholarship which is funded by Handgards, Inc., and friends of Nancy Curry.

The Foundation also awards the ANC First-Timer Scholarship to SNA members who have never attended SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) before. Provided by PepsiCo Foodservice, these multiple $500 scholarships can be used for registration and/or travel expenses associated with attending ANC. District directors may nominate any SNA member on their staff in the employee or manager category for the scholarship, which are awarded on a first-come, first served basis.

The Kathleen Stitt Award is presented by the Foundation to a full-time student or faculty member who is participating in the ANC School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend the conference.

Equipment Awards

The School Nutrition Foundation is providing two equipment grants in 2016 with the generous support of Baxter Manufacturing and Winston Industries. Both grants are open to the first 50 applicants. The Baxter Equipment for Education Grant accepted 50 applications in just 16 days, much faster than prior years. The Winston Equipment Grant applications totaled 50 in just over 48 hours! The Scholarship Committee assigned to review equipment grants is evaluating the applications and the recipients of the two awards will be announced in the spring.

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