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Sustainable Breakfast in the Classroom Programs Start with Effective Assessments

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October 16, 2013, 2:00-3:15 pm EST (1:00 pm Central, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific)

September 23, 2013 – The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with the Walmart Foundation will host a FREE webinar 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.

Can you identify, from the list below, what factors are important to consider during a site assessment?

  • Enrollment
  • School size
  • Layout
  • Equipment needs
  • Staffing
  • Individual site stakeholder engagement
  • All of the above

If you answered “All of the above” you are correct. Every school is unique, with a different set of needs based on factors listed above.

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.

Time will be devoted to Q&A- so please come with your questions. For the first time ever, you can also submit your questions early. Just email them to These questions will be the first to be answered by our panelists.

Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

Can’t make it to the live event? The webinar will be archived following the live presentation.

To register, go to:

Get the Latest School Nutrition News in Your Inbox with SNA SmartBrief

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September 17, 2013 – Staying sharp as a school nutrition professional today means staying on top of what’s happening in districts around the country, as well as national news. Can’t find the time to browse for related articles? You don’t want to fall behind. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: Sign up to receive SNA SmartBrief and receive a summary of the news that really matters—delivered straight to your inbox each weekday.

This e-newsletter is an essential tool that will help you stay on top of the latest issues and trends in school nutrition. Launched last year, SNA SmartBrief now boasts more than 16,600 subscribers who depend on the daily brief to save time and keep current.

To help deliver this resource to SNA members and the school nutrition community, SNA has partnered with SmartBrief, Inc., an online media publishing company that gives readers in more than 25 industries a competitive edge by providing them with targeted news and information. Knowledgeable SmartBrief editors filter through thousands of news sources daily, handpicking and summarizing key articles and providing direct links to the original sources. In other words, SmartBrief does all the research and you get the latest news in your inbox, absolutely free.

To subscribe to this e-newsletter, visit and be added to the mailing list. While you’re at it, go ahead and share an issue of SNA SmartBrief with your school nutrition peers to spread the word and help them be in the know!

In addition, the Association will continue to provide its biweekly CN Direct e-newsletter, which highlights key stories, events and announcements specifically from the SNA website. To subscribe to CN Direct, click here.

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SNA Monitors Participation in Lunch and Breakfast Programs

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September 16, 2013 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA has been monitoring data from USDA to understand how national participation in lunch and breakfast programs is changing compared to the previous school year. Based on preliminary data for the 2012-13 school year (September 2012 through May 2013), 30.8 million students participated in the National School Lunch Program on an average day. This is a 3.2% decrease compared to the 2011-12 school year. While average lunch participation has decreased, participation in the School Breakfast Program has increased reaching on average 13.1 million students per day. This is a 2.16% increase compared to the 2012-13 school year. More information is available on SNA's resource center.

To view the National School Lunch Participation Tracking Charts, visit the SNA Resource Center or click here.

Represent Your Region during NSLW!

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September 12, 2013 – What food or traditions do you love most about your part of the USA? Southern black-eyed peas? Tamales from the Southwest? Fresh fish from New England? National School Lunch Week (NSLW) 2013 is right around the corner, and this year’s theme, “School Lunch Across the USA” celebrates regional cuisine from all over the country!

If you need ideas for what to serve, visit You’ll find school foodservice recipes courtesy of SNA members from across the country. Whether you choose to feature different regions, or focus on your own local flavors, you’ll be sure to find something your students will love.

You can also download free, printable activity sheets and handouts for students – and parents too. And be sure to enter the NSLW sweepstakes – tell us how you plan to celebrate and you could win 720 NSLW stickers to give away to your students!

Last but not least – visit SNA’s Emporium website to shop online for NSLW merchandise. You can buy inexpensive prizes and giveaways for your students like pencils, buttons, temporary tattoos, and more.

NSLW 2013 begins October 14. Organizing a promotion in honor of NSLW can not only help you increase participation, but it also helps you to spread the word to parents and school staff about your healthy options. Start planning your NSLW celebration today with free resources from SNA

Join the September 19th Webinar On “A Fresh Start For Breakfast,” An SNA and AFHG Collaborative Resource

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Beginning this school year, new breakfast requirements went into effect with more to be rolled out in 2014-2015. To assist our members for the rollout of the new policies, SNA, along with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, created “A Fresh Start for Breakfast.” This menu planning guide features a suggested two week cycle of menus for breakfast in the classroom, grab and go, and traditional cafeteria breakfast programs that meet the School Breakfast requirements. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is hosting a webinar on September 19, 2013 at 1PM to discuss the menus created by SNA and the Alliance as well as other tips for implementing the rule. If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please click here.  The menu planning guide can be found on the SNA website.

Thirty Schools Receive Grants Through Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grants Program

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September 10, 2013 – As part of a partnership effort with National Dairy Council (NDC), General Mills Foodservice recently awarded grants up to $2,000 each to schools across the country through the NDC Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grant program.

The grant opportunity was open to schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for the 2012-13 school year, and the monies will help awardee schools build or expand their breakfast programs. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is a partnership between NDC and the National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to empower youth to improve their nutrition and physical activity.

The following schools are 2013 Fuel Up Breakfast Grant program recipients:

  • Middletown High School, Middletown, Conn.
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School Baker High School, Middletown, Conn.
  • Churchill Elementary School, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Fairview South Elementary School, Skokie, Ill.
  • Kenyon Woods Middle School, South Elgin, Ill.
  • Brownsburg West Middle School, Brownsburg, Ind.
  • CK Burns School, Saco, Maine
  • Patterson Mill Middle High School, Forest Hill, Md.
  • Goodrich Middle School, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Lefler Middle School, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Fredonia High School, Fredonia, N.Y.
  • Saugerties Senior High School, Saugerties, N.Y.
  • Cape Fear High, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • New Albany Elementary, New Albany, Ohio
  • Baker High School, Baker City, Ore.
  • Cason Lane Academy, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • John Pittard Elementary, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Northfield Elementary School, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Scales Elementary, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Alkek Elementary, Bandera, Texas
  • Bandera Middle School, Bandera, Texas
  • Bandera High School, Bandera, Texas
  • Chehalis Middle School, Chehalis, Wash.
  • West High School, Chehalis, Wash.
  • Winfield High School, Winfield, W. Va.
  • Reedsburg Area High School, Reedsburg, Wis.

For more information about the Fuel Up Breakfast Grant program, visit

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School Nutrition Details Safety and Sanitation Fundamentals

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September 5, 2013 – With a new school year underway, it’s a good time to review some safety and sanitation fundamentals so that you can help keep the children you serve safe. The September issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, highlights some of these important tips of the trade, details how to maintain a positive perspective when it’s time for a health inspection and offers words of wisdom from top chef and restaurateur Lorena Garcia.

It’s easy to get complacent and trust fully in the safety of the food we eat. But the reason we are complacent is that there are so many checks and balances that help to keep the U.S. food supply safe. When you work in a school kitchen, you are part of that process of checks and balances; “Hazard Alert” offers reminders and insights about some of the steps and procedures you need to practice every day.

The food safety inspection can be a fantastic opportunity to get an expert assessment and advice on reducing food safety risks and improving the plan you already have in place. “Avoid the Health Inspector Showdown” details how to change your perspective about these inspections from anxiety and antagonism to partnership and possibilities.

The inaugural School Lunch Superhero Day, held May 3, 2013, was simply a smashing success! “A Salute to School Lunch Superheroes” provides a look at some of the many creative activities planned by school nutrition operations from around the country.

Kansas City, Mo., proved a memorable setting for learning, inspiration and new product solutions for the thousands of school nutrition professionals attending SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference in July. Whether you were in attendance or were unable to make it this year, take a look back at this year’s premier school nutrition event in “Professional Passion in America’s Heartland.”

Lorena Garcia, chef, restaurateur, TV host and author, shares her strategies to help you bring out the “wow” in your school kitchen, while making the most of limited time, space, budget, staff and ingredients, in “All Fired Up!”

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Branch Out with Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast Plays

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September 3, 2013 – Looking for ways to increase participation in your breakfast program this year? Consider implementing some of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast ‘Plays’ – they’ll help get students excited about choosing school breakfast! These Plays include "grab-n-go" options, picnics, special breakfast events and more:

  • Grab-n-Go Breakfast
  • Breakfast Picnic
  • Taste Test Breakfast
  • A Hero’s Breakfast
  • Breakfast in the Classroom

To learn more, visit or check out the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.

Need funding assistance to implement these programs in your district? The deadline to apply for funds is November 1, 2013! Click here to apply.

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