May 31, 2013 – The winter holidays may be six months away, but with School Nutrition’s online 2013-14 promotional calendar at your fingertips, you will find plenty of holidays to celebrate with your students each month. July brings the excitement of celebrating Independence Day, but you can keep kids in summer programs entertained and excited about school meals during the month of June with hiking safety tips and paraphernalia such as flashlights and hand sanitizer on National Trails Day (June 1), or give them a splash with a water-themed event at school on International Surfing Day (June 21).
Your child nutrition team may consider celebrating the whole month with Fireworks Safety Month (which runs until July 4). Ask your students to name their favorite firework, like the Snake, Sparklers or Roman Candles; have them share what they like about it and submit it for a chance to win a free ice cream. Post firework safety tips around the cafeteria and on the lunch line and quiz students to see how well they are paying attention. A correct answer could win prizes or treats!
But Independence Day isn’t the only day in July to be celebrated. Decorate the cafeteria with lanterns and lights during the Japan Bon Festival (July 13-15), an event held in honor of deceased ancestors where lanterns are lit for their souls. Teach your students about Japan and this cultural celebration, or encourage them to study more about their own ancestors, writing about what celebratory activity they would come up with if they could create a holiday in honor of their ancestors. Celebrate the entire month of July with National Watermelon Month. A cool watermelon treat each day or on select days may be just the thing to keep your students rushing to the cafeteria!
Looking for more great ideas for your next school meal promotion? Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar1314 for the full 2013-14 promotional calendar. Be sure to have your username and password handy.
May 31, 2013 – The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) congratulates Warrior Run (Pa.) School District, the recipient of the 2013 SNF/Winston Equipment Award. Located in central Pennsylvania, Warrior Run School District has an enrollment of 1,620 students and six school sites. Renee Frederick, Food Service Supervisor, has been with the district for 12 years and shared the many challenges of working with older equipment. The grant from Winston Industries will provide 10 new pieces of equipment to the district that will improve the quality, nutritional value, customer service, employee morale, time management and menu creativity.
SNF will be following the story of Warrior Run School District as the new equipment arrives and is put to work in the kitchens of four of the schools over the coming months.
SNF and Winston Industries are committed to supporting child nutrition programs and school foodservice nationwide. Each year since 2007, Winston has awarded equipment to one school district needing improvement of its school meal kitchen facilities.
May 30, 2013 – The school year may be coming to a close, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year. Looking for ways to increase participation in your school breakfast program in 2013-2014? Consider some of these Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast Plays—they’ll help get students and parents excited about choosing school breakfast!
Designed to help make breakfast foods available outside the cafeteria, these Breakfast Plays include "grab-n-go" options, picnics, special breakfast events and more:
If you need funding assistance to implement these programs in your district, the time to act is now! The deadline to apply for funds is June 4, 2013! Click here to apply.
To learn more, visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook for details.
May 29, 2013 – The best way to dispel lingering misperceptions about school meals is to make sure that those in your community know the good news about the healthy, delicious meals you serve. And one of the best ways to share your achievements is through local media. Do you know how to get the media’s attention and prepare your cafeteria for a press event? SNA is here to help with a brand-new online resource: the Media Outreach Best Practices Guide. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should!
This Guide features proven tactics for successful media connections gathered from your peers from across the country. Tips, success stories and suggested resources are offered by members of SNA’s Spokesperson Network. Also included is a handy checklist that will help you to ensure that your cafeteria is camera-ready. And the Guide is just the latest in a series of public relations resources available to Association members through the SNA website. To download the free Media Outreach Best Practices Guide and check out the other PR resources, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/PR.
This Friday, May 31st, is the deadline for the regular rate registration discount to attend SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo. If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?! If you’re still convincing your supervisor that sending you to ANC is a worthwhile investment—or if you’re still trying to convince yourself—here are just a few reasons, as explained by ANC staff and past attendees, why the conference is a sound value:
The breadth of education sessions, the respect of vendors, the networking—it all helps to remind you that you are an expert in a complex business and there is so much potential to grow and improve in this career. To register for ANC 2013 today, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc. Register before May 31st to enjoy savings over the onsite registration rate, which kicks in June 1st!
May 24, 2013 – On May 22, 2013, SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, joined a panel of distinguished speakers at the Washington Post Live forum, Future of Food: Building a Sustainable Food System. The event, which featured discussions with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), explored topics ranging from food insecurity to agricultural innovations helping to make food more affordable and nutritious.
SNA President Sandra Ford speaking at the Washington Post Live's Future of Food
For the event agenda and video clips, visit the Washington Post Live website at www.washingtonpost.com/postlive/conferences/food-2013. Complete coverage, including footage of Sandra Ford’s panel discussion, will be posted soon.
May 23, 2013 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA is continuing to track national participation levels for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Using data from USDA, SNA is specifically interested in comparing the participation rates for the 2012-13 school year with those from the 2011-12 school year. SNA will provide periodic updates on participation trends as the Association continues to monitor the data.
National School Lunch Program
To view the National School Lunch Participation Tracking Charts, click here and here.
School Breakfast Program
To view the School Breakfast Program Participation Tracking Charts, click here and here.
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Source: Program Information Report. Program Reports, Analysis and Monitoring Branch, Budget Division, Financial Management, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012).http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/data.htm
May 22, 2013 – Even though thousands of SNA members attend the Annual National Conference (ANC) each year with the shared goal of professional development, that doesn’t mean the sights, sounds and tastes of the surrounding city need to be ignored. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine just named Kansas City the most affordable getaway in the country! When you visit Kansas City, Missouri, for this year’s conference, take some time to discover everything that the “City of Fountains” has to offer.
The SightsYou can’t miss the fountains when you visit Kansas City—literally, the city is so rife with fountains that you won’t be able to miss them. Closest to the Convention Center, where the majority of ANC events take place, is the Barney Allis Plaza Fountain, which runs for nearly a block and features water cascading down a series of granite steps. Other noteworthy fountains include the Crown Center Square Fountain, which features synchronized 60-foot-high jets of water every hour (on the weekends) and the Henry Wollman Block Memorial Fountain in front of Union Station, which runs a water show for five minutes every half an hour.
Of course, Kansas City has non-water-based sights, too — don’t miss three of the nation’s “Art Deco treasures,” the Municipal Auditorium, Power and Light Building and Jackson County Courthouse. Stop into one of more of a dozen museums, including the nation’s only World War I museum and the American Jazz Museum.
The Sounds“New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, but America’s music grew up in Kansas City.” The city’s rich musical legacy is still bopping today at a slew of jazz and blue clubs dotting downtown Kansas City. According to the Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Association, more than 20 area nightclubs feature jazz on a regular basis. Stop into one of the jazz clubs in the famed 18th and Vine District, known as one of the “cradles of jazz.” If you’re not a jazz fan, other nightclubs, theatres and entertainment options—particularly in the Power & Light District downtown Kansas City—can keep you busy after ANC’s sessions end for the day.
The TastesIn December 2011, Saveur magazine named Kansas City “the next great grub city.” You can’t think about Kansas City without imagining mouthwatering barbecue—there are more barbecue restaurants per capita here than in any other city. This regional cuisine is marked by slow-smoking all sorts of meats, from pork to chicken to fish.
While it might seem blasphemous to skip barbecue, there are other cuisines to try—Kansas City is also known for great soul food and Mexican food. Plus, Travel + Leisure also ranked it as number 10 on the list of top cities for pizza in the country!
If you would like to take in the sights, sounds and tastes Kansas City has to offer, contact the concierge desk at your chosen hotel for more information about tours and sightseeing opportunities. Navigate to www.visitkc.com for itineraries, landmarks and more. Don’t forget to register for ANC 2013 by May 30, 2013, the deadline for the regular rate discount. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.
City & Travel Info
May 21, 2013 – Over the last few days, powerful storms and tornadoes have ripped through America's heartland, leaving destruction and damage in its path. The city of Moore and the surrounding Oklahoma City area were particularly hard hit.
SNA would like to extend our thoughts to all those affected by severe storms, especially those SNA members and school districts directly impacted. If you would like to help those affected and are able to make a donation or volunteer your time, there are plenty of local and national organizations that need support. Here is a list of several organizations aiding in the relief efforts:
American Red CrossThe American Red Cross has one shelter open in Moore and is working on locating others. More than 25 emergency response vehicles are already in position, with more expected. The Red Cross is also sending in kitchen support trailers to provide meals to those forced out of their homes. People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org.
Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army is responding to multiple locations in the Plains and Midwest that were impacted by recent devastating tornadoes. Supporters are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity assists with cleanup, repairs and new construction efforts after disaster strikes. Donations to their Disaster Response Fund help people affected by these storms and disasters like them.
Feeding AmericaFeeding America is committed to continue to provide hunger relief services in this time of disaster and beyond. To learn more or to make a donation to Feeding America, click here.
Save the ChildrenSave the Children is focused on assisting the needs of children and families displaced by the tornado. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.
Operation USAOperation USA, an international relief group, says it is "readying essential material aid -- emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies" to help Oklahoma's community health organizations and schools recover. To make a donation, click here.
AmeriCaresAmeriCares is deploying its disaster relief team to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid for survivors. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.
Regional Food Bank of OklahomaThe Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts by making donations. To contribute, click here.
The above list is not meant to be comprehensive. If you know of additional organizations, volunteer opportunities or ways of helping, please leave a comment below.
May 16, 2013 – Last week, SNA leaders attended the third annual Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids National Invitational Leadership Summit held in San Antonio.
Hosted by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the summit brought together 200 leaders from school nutrition, campus dining, chain restaurants, food manufacturers, commodity boards, public health, medicine and the media to discuss and debate ways to improve the health of K-12 students through food education, culinary strategy and flavor insight.
Those attending the summit from SNA included: President Sandra Ford, SNS, President-elect Leah Schmidt, SNS, Vice President Julia Bauscher, SNS, CEO Patricia Montague and Dean of Education Danny Seymour. Also in attendance and pictured below were former SNA presidents Nancy Rice, SNS, State Director, Child Nutrition Division at Georgia Department of Education, Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS, Executive Director of the National Food Service Management Institute, and Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.
SNA Dean of Education Danny Seymour and former SNA presidents Nancy Rice, Katie Wilson and Janey Thornton attended Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids
According to CIA, the key initiatives of the summit were to:
To learn more about the summit, visit the CIA’s website at www.ciaprochef.com/healthykids.
May 15, 2013 – If you think the Annual National Conference (ANC) is all “go, go, go!” with no time to relax, you’d be mistaken. With all that’s on the schedule for ANC in Kansas City, Mo., you won’t have a minute to be bored – but that doesn’t mean you need to feel stressed or overwhelmed!
If you need to take a break from the excitement of the Exhibit Hall or rest your mind after an education session, pick up information on how to live a healthier life at the Wellness Village. This is the place to slow down and think about your mental and physical health. The Massage Corporation will be on hand to soothe your sore muscles, while the Tanita Corporation (Just added to the roster of companies!) will showcase a bevy of tools to analyze body composition.
Once you’re armed with that information, check in with the American Heart Association. Their representatives can not only speak about the importance of blood pressure, cholesterol and weight issues in your personal life, but also about what’s available for school programs. When you’re finished there, move on to the American Red Cross to learn more about CPR and First Aid classes and certifications. Finish up your visit to the village by speaking with representatives from Forrest T. Jones & Company, this year’s Wellness Village sponsor. If you’re in the market for a new insurance plan – whether it’s health, disability, auto or homeowner – the representatives can help you find a plan that suits your needs.
The Wellness Village opens on Monday, July 15, as part of the Exhibit Hall at ANC. For more information about the conference or to register, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC.
EXHIBIT HALL HOURSMonday, July 15 10:00 am–2:00 pmTuesday, July 16 8:30 am–11:30 am*Tuesday, July 16 11:30 am–2:00 pmWednesday, July 17 10:15 am–1:15 pm
*Special Exhibit Hall time for directors only. You must register as a director member in order to participate. Each director may be accompanied by one employee from the same district, but they must enter at the same time.
ANC Exhibit Hall
May 14, 2013 – Three lucky SNA members won complimentary registrations to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo. The winners are:
These members were picked as winners in the 2013 ANC sweepstakes. The sweepstakes asked SNA members to submit an online response to the question, “Why Do You ♥ School Nutrition?” Members that responded by April 30 were automatically entered into a random prize drawing to win a free ANC conference registration.
SNA received a high volume of heartfelt, dynamic and passionate responses. Members detailed their love of impacting childrens’ lives, serving healthy recipes, creating lifelong friendships with coworkers, and much more.
For official sweepstakes rules, click here. ANC 2013 will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center from July 14-17, 2013. To learn more about ANC and register online, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.
May 13, 2013 – The deadline to nominate yourself (or someone you know) for SNA’s national Board of Directors and Nominating Committee election is fast approaching! Submissions must be received by May 31, 2013.
The Nominating Committee currently is in search of a few good candidates eager to follow in the tradition of past SNA leaders by helping to guide the future direction of the Association and influence the future of school meal programs. If you or a colleague is up for both the challenges and the rewards of SNA leadership, it’s time to step forward!
Open positions on the Board of Directors for the Fall 2013 election include Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Northeast Regional Director, Northwest Regional Director, Southwest Regional Director, School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative, State Agency Representative, Member Services Committee Chair and Nutrition Committee Chair. Representatives are also sought to serve on the SNA Nominating Committee from the Mideast, Midwest, Southeast and West regions. The positions will be elected in Fall 2013 and be installed at the 2014 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston.
If you would like to recommend well-qualified state and regional leaders, including yourself, please send an e-mail containing the nominee’s contact information to Nominating Committee Staff Liaison Jean Geraghty at email@example.com. The Nominating Committee will meet in Kansas City, Mo., in July just prior to ANC 2013 to select the candidate slate.
May 7, 2013 – Change is never easy, including in school nutrition. The May issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, explores how directors across the country have managed transitions and how they are looking forward while demonstrating that attitude is the real key to success. The issue also takes a look back at the highlights from March’s Legislative Action Conference, as well as at some whole-grain gains being enjoyed in both large and small districts as operators and industry work to add whole grains to recipes and products while still garnering kid acceptance.
For most school districts, even those ahead of the curve, implementation of the new federal meal pattern for school lunch was a difficult transition. Despite some enormous challenges, school nutrition operators are looking forward with enthusiasm. “Never a Dull Moment” profiles some directors who are successfully managing change and reveals their accomplishments and advice.
Bitter winds gusted across the nation’s capital just days after bitter words were exchanged on Capitol Hill following yet another failure of bipartisan compromise regarding the nation’s debt woes. However, neither snow nor sequester could slow the momentum of school nutrition professionals advocating for practical changes to school meal regulations at SNA’s 41st Legislative Action Conference. Take a look at the highlights of this March event in “Our Work Continues.”
Operators and industry make strides in adding whole grains to recipes and products without sacrificing kid appeal. Check out “Winning the Whole-Grain Campaign” for some of the whole-grain gains being enjoyed in both large and small districts. Bonus Web Content: Some of the operators interviewed for this article offer their recipes for such student favorites as Squash Macaroni and Cheese and whole-wheat dinner rolls.
School Nutrition – May 2013
May 7, 2013 – School Nutrition Employee Week is all about recognizing the outstanding work of our school lunch superheroes. During this special week, SNA is honored to announce the Regional and National Winners for the following SNA awards.
Please join us in congratulating all of our amazing award winners!
The Regional Winners include:
Louise Sublette Award of Leadership Excellence in School Nutrition
Mideast Region: Beth Freeman, MarylandMidwest Region: Nancy Heinicke, NebraskaNortheast Region: Denise Nedeau, New Hampshire Southeast Region: Debra Petty, GeorgiaSouthwest Region: Atonia Isenhower, OklahomaWest Region: Pam Johnson, Utah
Heart of the Program Award
Midwest Region: Dawn Lehmann, Missouri Northeast Region: Rhonda Caron, New Hampshire Southeast Region: Patricia Morris, Tennessee Southwest Region: Deborah Willhite, Kansas West Region: Toni Chaffee, California
Outstanding Director of the Year Award
Mideast Region: Lorrayne Corley, West Virginia Midwest Region: Roxanne Williams, SNS, Minnesota Northeast Region: Jeanne Reilly, SNS, Maine Northwest Region: Charlotte Cook, WashingtonSoutheast Region: Susan Johnson, TennesseeSouthwest Region: Tammie Rempe, ColoradoWest Region: Angela Haney, SNS, New Mexico
The national winner of the Louise Sublette Award of Leadership Excellence in School Nutrition will be announced at SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC).
The national winner of the Heart of the Program award is Dawn Lehmann.
The national winner of the Outstanding Director of the Year award is Angela Haney, SNS.
All winners will be recognized at ANC 2013 during the Awards Ceremony on July 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, in the Music Hall at Kansas City Convention Center.
Congratulations again to all winners!
May 6, 2013 – If you’re still thinking about attending the Annual National Conference (ANC) from July 14-17 in Kansas City, Missouri, don’t miss this week’s early-bird deadline!
This Friday, May 10, marks the end of early bird registration, which offers comes with a discounted rate. After Friday, registration rates increase to the regular rate through May 31. Then, beginning June 1, all registrations must be done onsite in Kansas City.
Don’t forget: Multiple members registering from the same school district get a discount! Gather a group of coworkers and travel together for the top school nutrition event of the year.
Once you arrive in Kansas City, hop on the SNA-sponsored airport shuttle, which will take you to your hotel. The shuttle is less expensive than other forms of public transportation and exclusively for SNA members. Make your reservation online today! Return trips are available from the Kansas City Convention Center on Wednesday, July 17, and from all ANC hotels on Thursday, July 18. During conference days, SNA has also arranged for shuttle service from the Sheraton and Westin hotels to the Convention Center. Plus, Kansas City has its own convenient public bus system. Ride in style on the MAX (Metro Area Express) for just $1.50 each way or $3 for a day pass. Learn more at www.kcata.org.
For more information about ANC 2013, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC.
May 2, 2013 – As part of National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) 2013, SNA organized a writing contest for students nationwide. After receiving more than 500 entries in the contest, panels of judges have selected three national winners:
The winners will have their contest submissions published in School Nutrition magazine’s November 2013 issue and will receive prize packs from SNA. The contest asked students to write a written response to a question in two parts: “If you could eat school breakfast with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?” and “What healthy school breakfast food would you enjoy with them and why?”
The winning submissions from Margaret, Madelyn, and Bryan are posted below. To learn more about NSBW, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw.
Margaret Balich submission:If I could eat breakfast with anyone in the world, I would choose Mr. Fred Rogers. I would choose Mr. Rogers because he inspires me to be kind and respectful to everyone. He was a great, kind man and I would have loved to meet him. This is who I would like to eat breakfast with.
If I could share breakfast with Mr. Rogers, I would make him and me eggs, oatmeal, and yogurt with fresh strawberries. I would make this because eggs give you protein, oatmeal gives you whole grains, the yogurt gives you calcium, and the strawberries give you vitamins and minerals. This is what I would eat with Mr. Rogers.
Madelyn Hone submission:If I could eat school breakfast with anyone in the whole world, it would have to be Missy Franklin, champion Olympic swimmer! I admire Missy, and her swimming. She is one of my heroes! I am a swimmer too, and it has always been a dream of mine to make it to the Olympics. If I could eat breakfast with Missy Franklin we could talk about our swimming. I would love to hear her tell me about her experiences, and it would be so cool to get some tips on swimming technique from her as well!
If Missy Franklin and I ate school breakfast together, we could have the yummy egg breakfast sandwiches. The egg sandwiches have protein in them, and we swimmers need protein to give us strength and muscle mass. We could also have fresh fruit like apples and oranges, to give us vitamins, carbs for energy, and fiber for a healthy digestive system. Lastly, Missy and I could drink milk to help us strengthen our muscles and bones!
Bryan Starr submission:If I could eat breakfast with anyone I would choose a homeless kid. He/she would really need the good stuff for breakfast, because the homeless kid never gets to eat. It would make the homeless kid very happy. The homeless kid never gets to eat the good foods that we do every day. That would make the homeless kid and me very happy. It would be a win-win situation.
For the healthy school breakfast, I would choose a lot of stuff. For the main food it would be breakfast pizza. It is very delicious and healthy because of all the protein in it. Then the milk would be 1% milk. On the side there would be oranges. Oranges have lots of calcium so they would be good and healthy. Then there would also be toast with jelly. That would be a very good breakfast.
May 1, 2013 – SNA wants you to take your career to the next level, and the Annual National Conference (ANC) is just the place to start!
EducationThe crux of the conference, the 90+ education sessions that run from Sunday, July 14, to Wednesday, July 17, are sure to engage, inform and excite you about the school nutrition profession. But go above and beyond by attending a pre-conference session* on Saturday, July 13. Topics include:
CertificationThese pre-conference sessions each offer between four and eight Continuing Education Units, all of which can be applied to becoming SNA certified or moving up a level in your certification. Becoming SNA certified adds credibility to your position and to your school's program. It is also a factor in attracting people to careers in school foodservice and nutrition.
Attendance at ANC also offers you CEUS – attending ANC in its entirety awards you 25 CEUS with the assumption that members will attend at least 25 hours’ worth of programming, including education sessions, general sessions, exhibits and more. However, if you can only attend partially, you still get credit: Attendance on July 14 awards you four CEUS, July 15 earns six CEUs, and July 16 awards eight CEUs and July 17 offers seven CEUs. Attending both pre-conference session and education sessions also earns you a number of Key Area Hours; check the official ANC Program Guide to determine how many you will earn.
CredentialingAre you ready to earn the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential? Sit for the SNS credentialing exam on Sunday, July 14, in Kansas City; the exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs. Members must meet all minimum requirements and pre-register by June 21, 2013.
For more information about certification or credentialing (including a handbook containing eligibility requirements and sample question), click here. To register for ANC 2013, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.
*Pre-conference session registration requires an additional fee.
ANC Education Sessions
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