March 7, 2014 – The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) honored Sandra Ford, SNS, as a 2014 Silver Plate Award winner in the elementary and secondary schools category. The prestigious Silver Plate recognizes achievements in foodservice management, marketing, human resources and industry and civic participation.
Ford is director of food and nutrition services for Manatee County School District in Bradenton, Fla., and an SNA Past President. She was named the 2014 Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year in the annual FAME (Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence) awards competition.
Before serving as SNA’s president in 2012-13, Ford served the Association on the national level as Southwest regional director, was a member of the Certification and Credentialing Governing Council (2000-07), Education Committee (2007-09) and Research Committee (2009-10) and served as chair of SNA’s 2013 Competitive Foods Task Force. Ford also has served as president of the School Nutrition Association of Kansas.
Visit the IFMA website to view the complete list of 2014 Silver Plate Award recipients.
March 7, 2014 – On February 26, 2014, as required by Section 204 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA released proposed regulations on Local Wellness Policies. This Proposed Rule would require all local educational agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program to meet expanded local school wellness policy requirements consistent with the new requirements. This Proposed Rule would establish the framework for the content of the local school wellness policies, ensure stakeholder participation in the development of such policies, and require periodic assessment of compliance and reporting on the progress toward achieving the goals of the local school wellness policy. To be assured of consideration, written comments must be postmarked on or before April 28, 2014.
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To review the rule in its entirety, click here.
SNA Legal Counsel Barnes & Thornburg LLP has provided an executive summary to the rule. To review their summary, click here.
March 6, 2014 – Join SNA on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 (2:00-3:15 pm EST) for a webinar that will familiarize you with school district (or state agency) owned membership (SDM). This presentation is specifically designed for individuals new to the SDM offering, as well as those that are currently managing their SDM.
This free webinar will provide:
For more information or to register, click here or visit www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars.
Month 5, 2014 – School Food FOCUS has released their report, Eating Our Peas and Carrots: Strategies for Expanding K-12 Access to Fruits and Vegetables through Supply Chain Innovation and Investment. This report details the dynamics that influence the use of fruits and vegetables in K-12 settings and the supply chains that currently provide produce to the large, urban school districts of the Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab.
Prepared by School Food FOCUS and JoAnne Berkenkamp of Tomorrow's Table LLC, the research was generously funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report explores:
To access the report, click here.
School Food FOCUS is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large school districts to make school meals nationwide more healthful, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced. School Food FOCUS works with 36 of the nation’s largest districts, representing over 4.2 million students.
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