Sandra Ford Named 2012-2013 President of the School Nutrition Association



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Sandra Ford Named 2012-2013 President of the School Nutrition Association  


DENVER, CO (July 18, 2012) — Sandra Ford, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition for Manatee County School District (Florida), has become the 65th President of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. SNA members welcomed Ford to her new role during the closing session of SNA’s 66th Annual National Conference in Denver, CO.

Sandra Ford has held a distinguished career in field of school nutrition, successfully managing school meal programs in both Florida and Kansas. During her eight years with Manatee County, Ford turned around the district’s school meal program, putting the program on strong financial footing while providing students a wider variety of healthy choices in the cafeteria.

Ford also served 10 years as Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Blue Valley School District in Kansas, eight years at the Kansas Department of Education’s Nutrition Services department, and four years managing the school food service program at Avila College. Previously, she worked for the Dairy Council of Kansas City and as a high school teacher and adult education instructor. Ford earned her Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree from Kansas State University.

Throughout her career, Sandra Ford has held numerous leadership roles with SNA, the School Nutrition Foundation and SNA’s Florida and Kansas state affiliates. She has been frequently recognized for her work, including being named Florida Director of the Year in 2009 and earning the FAME Silver Spirit Award in 2000, and the Thelma Flanagan Gold Award in 1994.


About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.

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