U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Meet with School Nutrition Professionals at SNA’s Annual National Conference

2017-07-06

SNA is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, July 12, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will meet school nutrition professionals participating in SNA’s 71st Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta, Ga. His visit to Atlanta is a return to Georgia where he served as governor from 2003 to 2011, and this is the first time in 20 years that a Secretary of Agriculture has addressed an ANC audience. More than 6,500 will be attending ANC, July 9-12, to share best practices for improving menus, strengthening school meal programs and expanding student access to healthy meals.

Secretary Perdue will address ANC attendees at the Closing General Session and then meet with school nutrition professionals who serve on SNA’s incoming and outgoing Board of Directors – members elected to represent the broad range of school meal programs across the United States. The event will give Secretary Perdue the opportunity to hear first-hand about successes and challenges as schools have worked to improve menus for students while meeting updated nutrition standards for meals and snacks.

"We are looking forward to Secretary Perdue's visit next week, grateful and honored that he is making this time in his busy schedule," said SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS. "This is a real testament to the Secretary's commitment to school meals and the professionals who serve them to America's children. We're also gratified by his request to have a listening session to learn more from those on the front lines."

SNA plans to capture video of the Secretary’s remarks and make it available to the entire membership on our website.

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