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Chuck Ainsworth Named SNA 2009 Individual Industry Member of the Year

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Chuck Ainsworth Named SNA 2009 Individual Industry Member of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. May 21, 2009 – Chuck Ainsworth, Division Manager for SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems Division of the PortionPac Chemical Company was named the seventh recipient of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award.  Ainsworth, who has been involved with the child nutrition programs for over 15 years, was nominated by SNA past president Ruth Jonen for his “leadership and commitment” to and his “passionate advocacy” for the Association, the School Nutrition Foundation, and school nutrition professionals.

As an SNA member, Ainsworth has worked tirelessly to support school nutrition professionals, both individually and in his position with SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ainsworth spearheaded efforts to help school nutrition professionals in devastated areas of Louisiana and Mississippi by assisting school districts in acquiring food service equipment.  Ainsworth has also taken a professional interest in ensuring school nutrition programs continue to provide safe and nutritious school meals.  Through the Clemson University Agricultural Extension, Ainsworth taught food safety classes to child nutrition professionals. He also had all SFSPac managers certified as ServSafe instructors. As a result of his efforts, over 10,000 school nutrition professionals have received ServSafe certification. More recently Ainsworth has helped provide leadership in transitioning school nutrition programs to ‘green cleaning’ solutions. 

Chuck Ainsworth

Ainsworth has held numerous leadership positions within the Association, including:

  • Industry Representative, SNA Board of Directors, 2005-2007
  • Chair, Industry Advisory Board, 2005-2007
  • Member, Public Policy and Legislation Committee, 2005-2007
  • Co-chair, Annual National Conference Steering Committee, 2005-2007
  • Member, School Nutrition Foundation Board of Directors, 2001-2004
  • Member, School Nutrition Foundation Development Committee, 2001-2004

In her nomination letter, Jonen wrote that Ainsworth “is a passionate advocate for child nutrition programs and the Association.”  She noted that he is “one of the kindest, most generous, true gentleman I have had the pleasure to work with,” an individual who always keeps the needs of school nutrition professionals and the children they serve in the forefront.

Join SNA members in congratulating Chuck Ainsworth when the 2009 Individual Industry Member of the Year Award is presented during SNA’s 63nd Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.  Ainsworth, along with the 2009 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, will also be honored at the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s “A Possible Dream Gala” on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA),www.schoolnutrition.org, 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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Thousands Plan to Gather for the 2009 Premier School Nutrition Event in Las Vegas

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Contact: Erik Peterson

(703) 739-3900, ext. 124

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 15, 2009) – When school is out, training and networking is in for the thousands of school nutrition professionals who will attend this year’s Annual National Conference of the School Nutrition Association in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the challenge of rising food and labor costs, increased demand for school meals, the legislative push for national nutrition standards through Child Nutrition Reauthorization, and the ongoing efforts to address childhood overweight, this year’s conference promises to be where the action is. Learn more about all the hot topics June 29 – July 3, 2009, in Las Vegas for SNA’s 63nd Annual National Conference (ANC.)  The conference includes over 80 accredited educational breakout sessions and the largest exhibit hall in school nutrition, featuring more than 760 booths packed with healthful foods, beverages and ingredients, services, equipment and technology. ANC 2009 will be held at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas.

ANC 2009 provides members of the media an opportunity to understand the trends and issues facing school nutrition programs nationwide:

  • Thousands of school nutrition professionals will participate in over 80 quality education sessions on school nutrition standards, “going green,” food allergies, food recall procedures, school food equipment, nutrition education, local school wellness policies, and managing costs.
  • The largest exhibit hall in school foodservice industry featuring over 760 exhibits, on about 200,000 square feet of space, and over 315 companies.
  • Exhibitors include major suppliers of food, beverages, equipment, and software/hardware technology as well as smaller companies that contribute to healthy school meal programs. On display will be a wide variety of whole grain products, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy items, nutritious snacks and much more. Cameras and interviews are permitted in the exhibit hall with permission.
  • General session speakers include USDA Deputy Under Secretary of the Food and Nutrition Service Dr. Janey Thornton SNS, musician and innovator Robin Crow, entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie and author Jeannette Walls. National awards of excellence in school nutrition will also be presented.
  • Six culinary demonstrations featuring innovative recipes and foods including creative whole grain biscuits, quesadillas, rice bowls and an egg-stravaganza.

Properly credentialed members of the media are invited to attend SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC) from June 29 - July 3, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nev. Download the Media Attendance Guidelines and Press/Comp Registration Form. Learn more about ANC.

SNA, (SNA) the School Nutrition Association, 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. Founded in 1946, the Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.

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International School Feeding Experts Gather for 11th Global Child Nutrition Forum

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 30, 2009) -- The 11th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum will kick off in Stellenbosh, South Africa on May 5, 2009.  The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) is collaborating with Joint Aid Management (JAM) on the Forum, which marks the beginning of a three-year technical assistance cycle to advance school feeding through problem-solving and communication with country leaders from a variety of nations.

 Themed “A Catalyst for Development: Linking Sustainable School Feeding and Local Farm Production,” the Forum brings together thirty-six delegates from African, Latin American and Middle Eastern Countries. Confirmed participants include Ghana, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania, Swaziland, Benin, Burundi, Egypt, Rwanda, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Brazil. The Forum assembles experts to assist leaders in developing countries with starting or expanding sustainable school feeding programs.  Upon returning home they serve as resources in their countries and often for neighboring nations developing feeding programs. The Forum is the flagship program of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. During the past decade over 200 international delegates from 83 countries have participated and helped advance school feeding.

The event is preceded by the 2nd Annual School Feeding Roundtable, sponsored by JAM, on May 3-4, 2009, The Roundtable is an effort to bring the relevant actors to the table at one time to address a number of concerns and issues facing donors and implementers in the realm of school feeding – sustainability of programming, coherence and collaboration of implementation between organizations, measurement of progress, and improvement of monitoring and evaluation, among others.  Roundtable topics to be discussed in May include school feeding best practices; overcoming school feeding gaps and misconceptions, such as lack of nutritional impact and early childhood development; the future of school feeding in the developing world, including the impact of high food prices, shrinking budgets and a lack of national ownership. 

The Global Child Nutrition Forum would not be possible without the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Illinois Soybean Association, Joint Aid Management, Solae, Tetra Pak, the United States Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agriculture Service, Winston Industries and the World Food Programme

Participation in both the Global Child Nutrition Forum and the School Feeding Roundtable are by invitation only and SNA will bring you updates from the event. Credentialed members of the press are invited to attend the Forum.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 2007, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to expand opportunities for the world’s children to receive adequate nutrition for learning and achieving their potential.

The School Nutrition Association (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.  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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