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“Chopped” Scavenger Hunt Champions Selected

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October 16, 2012 – SNA received nearly 200 entries in the “Chopped” Scavenger Hunt! Congrats to Peggy Harrell of Mize, MS, who won the prize drawing. The Grand Prize winner, Peggy received a Master Chef cookware set from All-Clad.

Twenty-five other winners were picked to receive Food Network cookbooks. They are:

1. Debora Paschall, SNS, of Seaford, VA
2. Debra Maki of Portsmith, NH
3. Katheryn Banks of Corington, GA
4. Charlotte Blanchard of Labadieville, LA
5. Patricia Lazzaroni of Aurora, CO
6. Lorie Williams of Union, KY
7. Rosalind Reams of Little Rock, AR
8. Pam Henry of Winston, GA
9. Betsy Kelley of Forest Lake, MN
10. Jennifer Caporali of Franklin, TN
11. Sarah Maver of Fairfield, CT
12. Karen Ghiardi of Morgantown, WV
13. Kennie Ryan of Carlsbad, NM
14. Michele Hepner of Geneso, IL
15. Jeanne Shumann of Cross Plains, WI
16. Kathy Watkins of Fayette, AL
17. Amy Richards of Tucson, AZ
18. Kelly Sheehey of St. Paul, MN
19. Dorey Isetts of Lone Jack, MO
20. Genna Cockerham of Monroe, VA
21. Patricia Fredrickson of Kennesburg, CO
22. Carolyn Huston of Cartersville, GA
23. Andrea Murray of Lawrenceville, GA
24. Beth Todd of Palmersville, TN
25. Nancy Latiolais of Saint Martinsville, LA

Thank you to all participants for watching the episode and supporting the school chefs! “Chopped” is one of Food Network’s top-rated shows, and the school chefs episode helped spread awareness about hardworking, creative, passionate school nutrition professionals.

To view bonus footage of the “Chopped” contestants’ trip to Washington, D.C., and the White House garden, click here.

NSLW 2012 Kicks Off with Presidential Proclamation

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October 15, 2012 – National School Lunch Week (NSLW) has arrived. Check out the official Presidential Proclamation, issued by the White House!

Don’t forget, there are plenty of resources to make your NSLW celebration come alive at On the site you can access a toolkit full of ideas, handouts for both students and parents, and much more.

Share your celebration with SNA! Send photos and a brief description of your NSLW promotion to or mail it to NSLW Wrap-Up, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. You may be featured in School Nutrition magazine.

If you email photos to SNA this week, you may be featured on the SNA Facebook page!

Have a fantastic NSLW. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been cooking up!

Cast Your Vote in the 2012 SNA Election

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October 15, 2012 – It’s that time of year again—the time when you get to help decide who serve on SNA’s 2013-15 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Who will be the voice for your interests and concerns in the coming years? The decision is in your hands! Be sure to cast your vote between October 15 and November 15, 2012.

This year, the election features 22 candidates from around the country who share a common interest: a passion for child nutrition. For the full list of candidates and their biographies, log on to You can also learn more about the two candidates running for Vice President by opening to pages 44-45 of your October issue of School Nutrition magazine. When elected, this person begins a four-year cycle that includes the positions of president-elect, president and School Nutrition Foundation president. The newly elected officers and Nominating Committee representatives will be announced in late November and officers will be installed in July 2013 at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

How to Vote
In order to vote, your SNA membership must have been valid and current as of May 31, 2012. You will NOT be eligible to vote if you became a member or reinstated your membership after this date. Members in the Affiliate, Other or Student membership category are not eligible to vote. The slate of candidates that you are eligible to vote for is based on your membership section and the SNA region you work in.

To cast your vote, go to and click on “Vote Now.” You will be prompted to enter your SNA username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be directed to the voting site where you will then vote. Prompts will guide you through the online voting process, but to save time, please make all of your selections in advance. The “polls” will be open from October 15 to November 15, 2012.

It is critical that you participate in this annual voting process and have your voice heard. This responsibility is significant to the Association and to the overall future of school nutrition programs nationwide. For questions about the SNA Election, please contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822.

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