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Nation’s Largest School Nutrition Conference to Offer School Meal Strategies and Solutions
SNA’s Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, July 9-12
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – More than 7,000 school nutrition professionals will gather in Las Vegas, NV for School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 72nd Annual National Conference (ANC), July 9-12. ANC features the nation’s largest exhibit hall in school nutrition and more than 120 education sessions sharing best practices for serving students healthy, delicious school meals. Attendees will taste-test foods and beverages meeting federal school nutrition standards and preview equipment, technology and resources for school cafeterias.
School nutrition professionals from across the country come to ANC seeking creative menu-planning solutions to spice up school meals to appeal to students’ varied taste preferences. ANC also provides attendees with strategies to: enhance staff culinary skills to incorporate more scratch-prepared offerings; utilize social media and digital tools to market healthy school meals to students and families; improve procurement practices to reduce costs and increase local sourcing; and expand breakfast, afterschool and summer meal options to better serve at-risk students.
In the Exhibit Hall, attendees seek on-trend, appealing menu options that meet nutrition standards while fitting within tight meal program budgets. Flavorful, low-sodium entrees, soft-textured whole grain foods, and creative vegetable sides will be presented in kid-friendly varieties. Attendees will preview interactive menu software and nutrition education resources and assess cutting edge equipment, including microwave steamer ovens and induction cooktops that allow school chefs to prepare made-to-order entrees for students.
About the School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 57,000 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. For more information about ANC, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.