Hot Topics in School Nutrition – What Tools Does SNA Have for You?


Register for SNA's 2017 Legislative Action Conference (LAC)

The following is the first in a series of news stories exploring the exciting events at LAC.

SNA’s 2017 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), April 2-4, is fast approaching! If you’re registered to attend or plan to be in attendance—be sure to check out the informative and interactive breakout session entitled, “Hot Topics in School Nutrition – What Tools Does SNA Have for You?,” on Sunday, April 2. Five members of SNA Headquarters staff will walk you through literally dozens of tools and resources, where and how to find them, and answer your questions.

SNA State Affiliate Relations Manager Sara Sanders will share with attendees various ways to promote SNA membership, including sharing secrets on navigating the State Support Center, crafting your own membership elevator speech, and accessing promotional materials, membership rosters and more. “I hope that attendees will feel empowered to take advantage of the materials that are already available to them and to use this knowledge to promote SNA membership to their colleagues,” said Sanders.

With the growing need of foodservice professionals to have the necessary skills to excel at their job, SNA Senior Manager of Professional Development Toni Vega Aiken will discuss all the professional development, training, and professional standards resources available on SNA’s website to help members advance their careers.

To help members promote their programs and successfully respond to media requests, SNA Director of Media Relations Diane Pratt-Heavner will walk attendees through the PR Resources section of SNA’s website and review the Association’s PR Campaign resources, including customizable flyers, sharable social media content, magazine ads and video. “I hope attendees will learn about the variety of PR resources available to help members educate the community about school nutrition professionals and benefits of school meal programs,” notes Pratt-Heavner.

With advocacy being the focus of LAC, SNA Government Affairs & Media Relations Associate Nadia Davis will share critical information regarding Association’s grassroots and state tools, including printables you can utilize for your LAC Capitol Hill visits. She will also provide information regarding where to find your state’s legislative reports detailing all school nutrition policy moving through your state legislature, and how to hire a lobbyist for your state association. Highlighting this session, Davis will discuss the SNA Action Network, where you can find everything you need to be more involved in school nutrition advocacy, including action alerts, information on all Federal bills introduced in U.S. Congress, and contact details for all your legislators.

Got questions about getting engaged with social media? SNA Program Manager for Government Affairs & Media Relations Sarah Murphy Youssef (and manager of SNA’s Twitter handle, @SchoolLunch) will share tips and insights for utilizing the various social channels to promote your school nutrition program to stakeholders in your community. She will also discuss ways to use social media to advocate to Members of Congress during LAC and how to keep that advocacy drumbeat going well after LAC is over.

Sound interesting? Registration for LAC is open. For a complete schedule, special event and general session information, hotel and travel information, and more, visit

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