SNA Announces 2020 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow


SNF-logoLaurie Allocca, an SNA member and Nutrition Services Manager at the New Mexico School for the Deaf located in Santa Fe, was named the 2020 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow. Founded in honor of Dr. Josephine Martin, a pioneer in the field of school nutrition, the fellowship provides up to $3,000 to cover expenses for travel to SNA’s annual Legislative Action Conference in Washington, DC.

Government and legislation processes have always been a passion for Ms. Allocca.  She believes that “to make a difference, one needs to be knowledgeable and involved. However, it typically takes more than “one” individual. This is why the School Nutrition Association and the action and advocacy of its members during LAC is so valuable. It validates that our roles as school nutrition professionals extend far beyond each kitchen. LAC reminds all school nutrition staff that we are part of a larger mission; part of an entire nation feeding our young, facing many of the same rewards and challenges.”

Attending LAC will enhance her career because she feels it is one of the richer opportunities for school nutrition professional development.  “It’s an active experience where we both give and receive” and she plans on speaking with the New Mexico legislators to expand her knowledge and skill set.  Allocca was recently appointed as the Bylaws & Resolutions Chair for the New Mexico SNA and knows that her learning at LAC will directly support her Board performance, position and duties.

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