Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes The 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes was held on Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. The event, held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), was the third annual celebration of the extraordinary men and women in the school nutrition profession who make a difference in the lives of school children and go beyond their daily responsibilities in making a significant contribution to their communities. The event is the only fundraising event that the School Nutrition Foundation holds and the evening is essential to securing funding for the scholarships that the Foundation provides to SNA members annually. 2016 School Nutrition HeroesA total of 36 nominations were submitted for consideration for the 2016 School Nutrition Heroes. The nominees represented 21 states and included school nutrition professionals from six of the seven SNA regions. Each nominee is a School Nutrition Hero and choosing just five to recognize is a difficult task. But the Selection Committee selected the following members to represent the many School Nutrition Heroes who go above and beyond their responsibilities in their schools and districts: Chris Burkhardt, SNS Director of Child Nutrition & Wellness Lakota Local School District Liberty Township, Ohio View Video Sandra Hearn Cafeteria Manager Vicksburg Warren School District Vicksburg, Miss. View Video Jody Houston, SNS Food Services Director Corpus Christi Independent School District Corpus Christi, Texas View Video Samantha Ingram Child Nutrition Manager Samson Elementary, Geneva County Schools Samson, Ala. View Video Suellen Smith Cafeteria Manager Zephyrhills High School, Pasco County Schools Zephyrllis, Fla. View Video Sponsors of the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes Sponsorship of the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes is a significant factor in securing revenue from the event that can be used for scholarships for SNA members in the coming year. The following were sponsors for the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes: Premier Sponsor Leaders AccuTemp Products, Inc. Foster Farms Jennie-O Turkey Store KeyImpact Sales & Systems Land O’ Lakes Dairy Foods Los Cabos Mexican Foods Mott's National Dairy Council Schwan’s Food Service Inc. Champions School Nutrition Association SFSPac Food Safety & Sanitation System SMART Temps Supporters Acosta Sales and Marketing ConAgra Foodservice Cool School Café The CORE Group Domino’s J&J Snack Foods Corp. Lamb Weston Michael Foods-Dakota Growers PepsiCo Foodservice Red Gold LLC Ruiz Foods To learn about the 2015 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, click here. Save the date for the 4th Annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes Monday, April 3, 2017, at the J. W. Marriott, Washington, D.C.