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Fall 2013 Issue of Journal of Child Nutrition & Management Now Available

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October 30, 2013 – If you’re looking for the latest in child nutrition research, look no further – the latest issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management has reached the digital stands and is available for you to review.

Each issue of this exclusively digital publication features several research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs. For Fall 2013, Research in Action topics include:

  • A look at the BackPack program’s effect on hunger and behavior of elementary school students;
  • A case study from Sweden on the nutrient content of school lunches;
  • Creating a sustainable model for establishing gardens in schools and childcare centers;
  • Examining the relationship between nutritional knowledge and cafeteria purchases in middle-school students;
  • Consumption of produce in middle-schoolers after the implementation of a school district wellness policy;
  • And the school food environment of charter school in St. Louis, Mo.

JCN&M also includes commentary, resources and research updates; in this issue, Keith Rushing, PhD, RD, comments on the administration of school lunch participation and non-participation based surveys to middle-school students. You’ll also be able to find the 2013 Child Nutrition Showcase research abstracts and a summary of research from NFSMI.

The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management is a peer-reviewed research journal published twice a year. To read the Fall 2013 issue, visit

Have You Voted Yet in SNA’s Annual Election?

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October 29, 2013 – Have you voted in SNA’s Annual Election yet? Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard! The “polls” will only be open until November 15, 2013. To cast your vote, log on to the SNA website at to review the biographies of this year’s 25 candidates.

To get to know this year’s nominees for vice president, watch the videos with each candidate or take a look at their interviews that appeared in the October issue of School Nutrition. Once elected, this person begins a three-year cycle that includes the positions of president-elect and president; this helps maintain the continuity of SNA leadership. This year’s candidates are Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS, director of school nutrition programs, Alexandria City (Va.) Public Schools, and Craig Weidel, SNS, area supervisor, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools.

And remember, while all members are eligible to vote* for the Vice President, Member Services Committee Chair and Nutrition Committee Chair, only members in designated regions and member sections may vote for the other positions. The slate of candidates that you are eligible to vote for is based on your SNA region and your membership section. *Your SNA membership must have been valid and current as of May 31, 2013.

To cast your vote, go to and click on “Vote Now.” You will be prompted to enter your SNA username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be directed to the voting site where you will then vote. Prompts will guide you through the online voting process, but to save time, please make all of your selections in advance. The “polls” will be open from to November 15, 2013.

Related Links:

SNA Election

Printable SNA Election biographies

SN Vice President Candidate interviews

Vice President Candidate Interview Videos

USDA Farm to School Census Released – Districts Can Update Data Until Nov 30

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USDA has released its first-ever Farm to School Census, revealing that in school year 2011-12, over 38,000 schools across the country served over $350 million in local food in their school cafeterias. Visitors to USDA’s Farm to School Census website ( can access the results at the national, state and district levels.

School districts that missed the opportunity to participate in the survey can submit information regarding farm to school practices through November 30, 2013. Districts that did participate are encouraged to visit the site to check their responses. USDA will accept updated responses from school districts through November 30, 2013. To update data for your school district or to complete the questionnaire, contact Matt Benson with the USDA Farm to School Program at

Bringing The Farm To School - Click to Enlarge

Get Social with SNA

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October 22, 2013 – SNA invites you to join the conversation about school meals! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our various social media sites for updates, stories, ideas, and fun.

  • Join more than 6,000 other school nutrition professionals and ‘like’ SNA’s Facebook page. We’re always sharing photos, member stories, media coverage, updates, promotions, and more.
  • Check out SNA’s Twitter handle, @SchoolLunch. Get quick updates on policy, trends, allied groups, and more.
  • Join our private LinkedIn Group. This special members-only discussion group focuses on trends, hot topics, and successes in school nutrition. You can connect with other school nutrition professionals, throw out your own questions, share stories, and hear about other districts’ challenges and tips.

Trying to become more social media savvy? Want to grow an online audience for your school nutrition program? Check out SNA’s Social Media Guide. It has all the information you need to get started. 

School Cafeterias Nationwide Celebrate “School Lunch Across the USA”

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October 21, 2013 – Last week was National School Lunch Week (NSLW). In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap:

Schools nationwide celebrated NSLW from October 14-18 with the theme “School Lunch Across the USA.” The 2013 theme encouraged school districts to celebrate regional food, flavors and traditions from the various parts of the USA. Many schools served up special menus, decorated the cafeteria and invited special guests to come eat lunch.

The staff at Grand Forks Public Schools in N.D. used a map to educate students about where food comes from

If you celebrated, please send in a description and photos of your National School Lunch Week activities to School Nutrition magazine - highlights from your celebration may appear in the magazine’s wrap-up article next April!

Send them by e-mail to or by mail to NSLW Wrap, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools in Ohio invited parents to come in for lunch

[Note: Submission of photos grants permission to use the images in the magazine or other SNA materials.]

The 2013 NSLW theme and resources are made possible by McCormick for Chefs and MilkPEP. Mark your calendars – NSLW 2014 is scheduled for October 13-17.

Keep the Excitement Alive
NSLW brings a unique opportunity to engage your staff & students, ignite your marketing, and grab the attention of local media. It may be over, but you can keep up your marketing and PR efforts all year long with free tools from SNA:

  • PR Resources – toolkit, videos, talking points, activity sheets, handouts and more. This page has everything you need to spread the word to parents, media, and the community that school meals are healthy.
  • National School Breakfast Week 2014 – celebrate school breakfast March 3-7, 2014. SNA provides plenty of free marketing and PR tools to help you get the word out.
  • School Lunch Hero Day – May 2, 2014, is School Lunch Hero Day! This special holiday was created to honor the women and men working in school cafeterias.
  • Summer Feeding Toolkit – Download the Summer Feeding Toolkit for tips and ideas to grow your summer feeding program. You can also access media relations and marketing tools to spread the word about the availability of summer meals.

‘Georgia Day’ lunch at Glynn County Schools – Cheesy Chili Smashed Potato Bowl with sweet Georgia peaches, a whole wheat roll, and milk!

Students celebrate the “Across the USA” theme at Harlan Elementary in Ala.

Healthy NSLW trays with fresh fruits and veggies from Anne Arundel County Schools in Md.

SNA’s October Issue of trendSETS Focuses on School Breakfast

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October 18, 2013 – The October issue of SNA’s trendSETS newsletter is now available to members and focuses on school breakfast. This issue of trendSETS includes information from an analysis of elementary school breakfast menus. Fruit, cereal, pancakes and juice are among the most common items on these school breakfast menus. In addition to common school breakfast items, the newsletter provides insights into how these menus have changed over the past four years. Also included is feedback from a group of school nutrition directors on how their school breakfast programs are going so far this school year and the changes they have made to meet the new breakfast requirements.

trendSETS is a quarterly e-newsletter that contains information on "hot topics" in school nutrition. The newsletter provides insights into school nutrition trends using data and information collected from SNA members. This newsletter is now available as a membership benefit to all SNA members. To access the trendSETS newsletter, visit the Resource Center or click here.

Bonus Pre-Conference Session Announced for SNIC in Miami

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October 17, 2013 – SNA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a special bonus pre-conference session at the School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), January 12-14, 2014, in Miami, Fla.

The session, “How USDA Foods Champion the American Agriculture Sector and Where’s the Fruit?” will take place from 1:00-4:00 pm on January 11, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, the site of SNIC. Featuring speakers Dave Tuckwiller, director commodity procurement division, AMS, and Peggy Cantfil, chief nutrition programs food distribution division, FNS, this session will explain the agriculture market cycles in the USA, how they impact the supply to districts and the importance of USDA purchases on the US ag markets, small businesses and the farm community. USDA food purchases support the nutrition needs of schools and food banks and have an equally important mission to support the U.S.’ agriculture sector. Given meal pattern requirements, there will be a special focus on fruit and vegetable markets and the domestic supply chain.

Don’t miss out on one of the top conferences for learning and networking—SNIC 2014 focuses on “Thriving in an Ever-Changing School Nutrition Landscape,” and each day will focus on a key component of the school nutrition profession. This special bonus session is free with your SNIC registration, but you must indicate your intent to attend. A link to register for the bonus session will be sent with your conference registration confirmation. To register for SNIC or to learn more about SNIC, visit And don’t forget, register by November 8, 2013, for early bird savings!

Related Links

SNIC 2014


Schedule at a Glance


Hotel & Travel Info

Take Advantage of SNA Members-Only Insurance Programs

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October 17, 2013 – With all the current news about health care and the Affordable Care Act, we wanted to remind you that SNA offers members a number of affordable insurance plans. Some of the insurance plans include:

  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Auto Insurance
  • Liability Insurance
  • And much more...

To find out more about the insurance plans available to you or to get a quote, visit or call Forrest T. Jones at 1 (800) 821-7303.

Notes: The insurance programs are made available through the Trust for Insuring Educators (TIE) and are administered by Forrest T. Jones & Company. Not all plans are available in certain states.

Cast Your Vote in the 2013 SNA Election

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October 15, 2013 – It’s that time of year again—the time when you get to help decide who serves on SNA’s 2014-16 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Who will be the voice for your interests and concerns in the coming years? The decision is in your hands! Be sure to cast your vote between October 15 and November 15, 2013.

The SNA election features 25 candidates from around the country who share a common interest: a passion for child nutrition. For the full list of candidates and their biographies, log on to You can also learn more about the two candidates running for Vice President by opening to pages 44-45 of your October issue of School Nutrition magazine. When elected, this person begins a three-year cycle that includes their Vice President Position, position of President-elect and President of the School Nutrition Association. The newly elected officers and Nominating Committee representatives will be announced in late November and officers will be installed in July 2014 at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Boston.

How to Vote
In order to vote, your SNA membership must have been valid and current as of May 31, 2013. You will NOT be eligible to vote if you became a member or reinstated your membership after this date. Members in the Affiliate, Other or Student membership category are not eligible to vote. The slate of candidates that you are eligible to vote for is based on your membership section and the SNA region you work in.

To cast your vote, go to and click on the “Vote Now” button. You will be prompted to enter your SNA username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be directed to the voting site where you will then vote. Prompts will guide you through the online voting process, but to save time, please make all of your selections in advance. The “polls” will be open from October 15 to November 15, 2013.

It is critical that you participate in this annual voting process and have your voice heard. This responsibility is significant to the Association and to the overall future of school nutrition programs nationwide. For questions about the SNA Election, please contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822.

Related Links:

SNA Election

Printable SNA Election biographies

Printable Candidate Reference Guide

SN Vice President Candidate interviews

Vice President Candidate Interview Videos

SNA CEO Interviewed for Associations Now Magazine

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October 7, 2013 – Patricia Montague, CAE, chief executive officer of the School Nutrition Association, recently answered questions about SNA and its membership as interviewed by SNA’s Vice President Jean Ronnei, SNS. The article appears in the September/October 2013 issue of Associations Now magazine.

Associations Now is the official publication of ASAE, the national association for association executives and association industry partners. To view the article, visit this link.

School Nutrition Explores Unique Serving Sites

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October 4, 2013 – What types of unique operational and administrative challenges do K-12 serving sites on Native American reservations, military bases and other locations geared toward special populations face? The October issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, showcases the operational differences—and similarities—experienced by school nutrition operations on unique serving sites. Also included are a round-up of the best and brightest Exhibit Hall offerings at SNA’s Annual National Conference that were identified by School Nutrition’s team of Secret Shoppers and a focus on creative ways to menu beef.

What happens when the old-fashioned practices of Hutterite colonies bump up against the regulations and procedures required for participation in the federal child nutrition programs? Learn more in “Colony Kids.”

At behavior management sites and juvenile detention centers, school nutrition professionals must adapt to the needs of customers with emotional, physical or criminal issues. “Challenging Children” sheds light on what it’s like operating a school nutrition program in these settings.

In many ways, military bases are complex worlds unto themselves, with their own housing, shopping, recreational activities and dining. “Faces on Bases” explores what a school nutrition program looks like in this environment.

The limited sovereignty of American Indian reservations can make for various administrative, political and legal complications. Does this hold true when it comes to school meals? “Tribal Tots” offers a look. Bonus Web Content: Casinos’ profits are used on a number of American Indian reservations to fund reservation-related educational initiatives. Don’t miss online-exclusive content on this topic, as well as an overall look at casinos as a potential solution to reduce poverty on reservations.

For the fourth year at SNA’s Annual National Conference, School Nutrition recruited a discerning group of volunteer “Secret Shoppers,” who were charged with seeking out the most exciting items on display in the Exhibit Hall in Kansas City. Check out “Secret Shopper: KC ‘Masterpieces’” for the team’s discoveries. Bonus Web Content: Another 10 “honorable mention” standouts from the Exhibit Hall can be viewed online.

“Beef: It’s What’s for School Lunch” provides a fresh perspective on this popular and nutrient-rich protein and puts the spotlight on some creative new menu options to impress your student customers. Bonus Web Content: Check out some additional flavorful, beef-based recipes.

Related Links

School Nutrition—October 2013

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Registration Now Open for SNIC 2014 in Miami, Fla.

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October 2, 2013 – Don’t miss your opportunity to thrive with the School Nutrition Association! Registration is now open for the 2014 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), January 12-14. At this conference, tools you need to build, maintain or improve a successful school foodservice program. This year’s conference will take place in sunny Miami, Fla., at the Hyatt Regency. The early bird deadline of November 8 is coming up quickly, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of discounted rates.

SNIC 2014 Program Facilitator,
Dr. Douglas M. McCabe

This year’s theme is “Thriving in an Ever-Changing School Nutrition Landscape.” Each day focuses on a key component of the school nutrition profession, complete with a General Sessions speaker considered an expert in his respective field. Speakers include former senior director of training and development for Hard Rock International Jim Knight, marketing mastermind John Moore and branding and marketing expert Ira Blumenthal. Dr. Douglas McCabe of Georgetown University will serve as the conference facilitator.

Of course, one of SNIC’s key draws is the ability to network and interact with industry members during Innovation Stations, a chance for operators to preview the most innovative products on the market today for all facets of foodservice. This face-time with key decision-makers, along with helpful Industry Information Sessions, makes SNIC a valuable conference for industry members, too.

Online registration for SNIC 2014 is open now. After you do that, reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Take advantage of the special SNA conference rate, you may make your reservation online, or call (888) 421-1442. Be sure to mention “SNA/SNIC” when making your reservation.

Don’t miss out on one of the top conferences for learning, networking and, of course, thriving in the school nutrition industry—SNIC 2014! For more information, stay tuned to or contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822 with your questions. See you in Miami!

Related Links

SNIC 2014


Schedule at a Glance

Hotel & Travel Info

General Sessions

Innovation Stations

SNF’s Breakfast Learning Series: A New Way to Interact with Your Peers

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October 2, 2013 – Learn about tools available to assist in breakfast planning. The School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) Breakfast Learning Series will assist by helping you to identify your stakeholders and understand their needs. You will be able to refine your message and help foster a relationship built for success. You can learn more through SNF's new interactive Breakfast Learning Series, where you will help a fictitious district navigate its way to Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) success by interacting with other child nutrition professionals and school matter experts.

Segment 2: Engaging School Administration, Principals and Teachers begins this Thursday, October 3. Don’t miss this opportunity, register at

Webinar Wednesdays Presents Sustainable Breakfast in the Classroom Programs Start with Effective Assessments
SNF, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, will host a FREE webinar entitled “Sustainable Breakfast in the Classroom Programs Start with Effective Assessments,” October 16, 2013, from 2:00-3:15 pm EST. The presentation will be about the assessment process for breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programs and how it provides the framework for the development of the district BIC action plan.

Join this webinar to learn about making the most of the assessment process, best practices, and lessons learned from foodservice directors and operators who have successfully integrated BIC into their school nutrition programs. Whether you are considering breakfast in the classroom or you are in the process of implementing BIC, this webinar is for you.

Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU. To register, go to

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