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New Customizable Backpack Brochure Now Available

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December 19, 2012 – Just in time for the New Year, SNA is offering a new, customizable brochure that contains key information about the new meal pattern, MyPlate and healthy eating – specifically for parents. This is a perfect tool to kick off 2013 with a reminder for parents about the healthy options that are served in your cafeteria each day. The brochure is available as part of SNA’s Meal Pattern Toolkit.

To download the brochure, click here. Since the brochure is customizable, you can add your school or district’s own logo. To access simple instructions to insert your logo, click here.

For more resources on implementing and communicating the meal pattern requirements, visit

Join the Global Child Nutrition Foundation for the 2013 A Possible Dream Gala

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December 14, 2012 – Please join the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) on Monday, March 4, 2013, for the 10th annual A Possible Dream Gala. This special event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the event will help GCNF to realize its vision, “A world in which hunger is not a barrier to children learning.

This year’s Gala will acknowledge the 2012 champions of school feeding. Arlene Mitchell, Deputy Director of Agricultural Development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be presented with the prestigious Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. In addition, GCNF will honor SNA’s Industry Member of the Year, Barbara Jirka, PhD, SNS, formerly Sr. Manager, Customer Marketing for McCain Foods, USA and currently with USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services, as well as SNA’s Outstanding Director of the Year, Sheri Knutson, Student Nutrition Services Coordinator for Rochester Public Schools, Minn.

GCNF would be honored to reserve your attendance to this important industry event. Contact GCNF Senior Project Manager Erica Davies at (301) 686-3104 or with any questions.

GCNF thanks those companies who have already contributed to the 2013 Gala:

Champion of Children’s Dreams

  • Solae

Advocate for Children’s Dreams

  • American Beverage Association
  • Schwan’s Food Service, Inc.
  • Tetra Pak

Builder of Children’s Dreams

  • Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association
  • Monsanto Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company

State Association

  • Arizona School Nutrition Association

Also, if you haven’t yet registered for the for SNA’s 2013 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), taking place March 3-6, 2013, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, online registration is now open. To learn more about LAC 2013, including invited speakers, registration and hotel accommodations, visit

Fuel Up to Play 60 Sweepstakes Ends December 31st

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December 13, 2012 – Have you registered for Fuel Up to Play 60 yet? There’s still time to enter the Fuel Up to Play 60 sweepstakes before the December 31st deadline!

Between now and December 31st, when you register for Fuel Up to Play 60 and link to a school/district, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a free SNA conference registration. Winners will be able to choose from:

  • Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) 2013 in San Antonio, Texas
  • Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2013 in Washington, D.C.
  • Annual National Conference (ANC) 2013 in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) 2014, Location TBD

To sign up, visit For details and official rules, click here.

Signing up for Fuel Up to Play 60 is a great way to increase participation and obtain extra funding for your school nutrition program. There’s never been a better time to sign up—the deadline to apply for funds is January 15, 2013!

To learn more, visit

In Memory of Earnestine Camp

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December 12, 2012—Earnestine Camp, who dedicated much of her life to the school nutrition profession, passed away December 6, 2012, at age 92. Camp worked for the School Food Service section of the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock, Ark., for 25 years after teaching home economics. She earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics and a master’s degree in education.

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During her career, which she began in 1942 prior to the enactment of the National School Lunch Act in 1946, Camp served as Southwest regional director of what was then the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) and as advisor to the executive board of the formerly-named Arkansas School Food Service Association.

“Earnestine was an advocate, champion, encourager, supporter, leader and role model in her contributions to feeding Arkansas children and in her spiritual life. Her ability to encourage young women to exceed their own personal expectations [was tremendous, as evidenced by a comment from one person she mentored that] ‘She believed in me, more than I believed in myself,’” said Wanda Shockey, MEd, RD, director of the Child Nutrition Unit of the Arkansas Department of Education.

In lieu of flowers, Camp’s family requests that friends and colleagues make donations to The Earnestine Camp Arkansas School Fund, c/o Arkansas School Nutrition Association, P.O. Box 3542, Little Rock, AR 72203; Arkansas Children’s Hospital, # 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202; or Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 North Shackleford Road, Little Rock, AR 72211.

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Online Registration Now Open for LAC!

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December 11, 2012 – Online registration is now open for the annual gathering of school nutrition professionals in Washington, D.C., for SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC). This year’s event, taking place March 3-6, 2013, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, is your opportunity to be an advocate for children and make a difference in the future of school nutrition.

From passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to implementation of the new nutrition standards for school meals, school nutrition professionals have witnessed historic changes to our programs that have transformed the way we do business and our ongoing mission to serve children. LAC 2013 is a place where you can network with other professionals and continue the process of discovering solutions to the complex challenges.

LAC offers the perfect setting to tackle new issues and share ideas for transforming our programs to meet the demands of our industry and our customers. Highlights of this year’s conference will include:

  • Two dynamic pre-conference sessions! This training will include an interactive session on how to become a more effective spokesperson, and another session that will offer tips and tools for creating healthy meals.
  • A political insider’s review of the recent elections and their impact on the political landscape of the new Congress.
  • Presentations from key Members of Congress, USDA and allied organizations on latest developments with the new meal pattern and other major issues facing child nutrition programs.
  • The largest number of breakout sessions in LAC history, featuring the hottest topics in school nutrition.
  • An exciting new Capitol Hill reception allowing SNA members and industry partners to visit firsthand with members of Congress and their staff.

The keynote speaker for LAC is Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and chief White House correspondent and the host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC. Todd’s up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary has made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage, and his on-air political analysis can be seen almost daily.

These are just some of the wonderful opportunities that await you at LAC, so make plans today to join us in our nation’s capital for four inspiring days as we walk the halls of Congress, network with colleagues and discuss the state of our programs!

To learn more about LAC 2013, including invited speakers, registration and hotel accommodations, visit The special Early Bird registration rate deadline is January 21, 2013, so don’t delay—register today!

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Fall 2012 Issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management Now Online

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December 10, 2012—Interested in learning about the perceptions by directors of technology use in school nutrition programs or about trends and barriers related to the implementation of branded concepts?

Articles on these topics appear in the Fall 2012 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, which is now available online. Each issue of this online exclusive publication features several research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs.

In addition to the topics mentioned already, articles in this latest issue focus on positive changes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and perceptions of different school stakeholders regarding the sustainability and use of school gardens. You also will find abstracts from the 2012 Child Nutrition Showcase and a research update from the National Food Service Management Institute.

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

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The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management—Fall 2012

Application for Fuel Up to Play 60 Funds Due January 15, 2013

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December 6, 2012—Schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program are eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year to help jumpstart and sustain health, nutrition and physical activity improvements. The initiative, launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, is providing funds that can be used for a variety of activities and tools, such as student engagement and motivation, in-school promotions, family engagement, tracking and measurement and overall Fuel Up to Play program implementation.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2013.

For more information, visit

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School Nutrition Showcases Big Ideas and Innovations

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December 4, 2012—Creativity is one of the hallmarks of many a school nutrition program, and even a small idea or change can have a significant impact on your cafeteria participation. The December issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, showcases ideas and inspirations of all kinds that you just might want to implement in your own operation. The issue also includes a look at stir-fry techniques and how the one-pot dish can be incorporated into a school nutrition operation. 

Sometimes it takes just one little inspiration to generate a big innovation. For proof, dive into “Who’s Putting Ideas Into Your Head?”, which spotlights two dozen ideas that school nutrition professionals from across the country have successfully put into practice. Bonus Web Content: Be sure to check out additional big and little ideas for improving school nutrition operations, as well as a list of resource and/or contact information for each of the innovations spotlighted in print and online.

If it’s inspiration on buying and serving locally-produced foods that you’re looking for, “Go Grow!” offers reflections from last summer’s National Farm to Cafeteria Conference that provide tips for getting started with farm-to-school—or stepping up your efforts.

Learn more about stir-fry and how to cause a stir in your cafeteria by serving up fresh, versatile one-pot dishes in “Wok This Way.” Bonus Web Content: Don’t miss additional online-only stir-fry recipes, as well as tips for caring for a wok.

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School Nutrition –December 2012   

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