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SNA Awards: Celebrate an Unsung Hero!

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November 26, 2013 – SNA awards season is getting underway! Have you started thinking about your recent accomplishments? Or perhaps you know a school nutrition colleague whose hard work deserves to be recognized?

The SNA Awards Program highlights the outstanding achievements of school nutrition employees, managers and directors who work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success! There are SNA awards for every member type, including:

All nominees must be SNA members who are SNA certified or credentialed throughout the entire awards application and selection process. Award entries are due to the State President by March 1, 2014. Managers must also complete and submit a Letter of Intent to the State President by December 1, 2013.

SNA award winners will be recognized on the SNA website, in the pages of School Nutrition magazine and during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston. Winners also receive prizes to honor their accomplishments.

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Don’t Just Survive; Prepare to Thrive at SNIC 2014

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November 26, 2013 – In the school nutrition profession, it’s not enough to simply survive the day-to-day challenges—it’s time for you to start thriving! At the 2014 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), get the tools you need to build, maintain or improve a successful school foodservice program. This year’s conference will take place in sunny Florida, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The Regular Rate registration deadline, December 6, is coming up quickly, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of discounted rates.

SNIC 2014 homes in on three key components of a successful school nutrition operation or business: the customer, the product and marketing. Each day’s presentations will focus on one of these topics, showcasing General Session speakers considered to be experts in each respective field. These include Jim Knight, former senior director of training and development for Hard Rock International, marketing mastermind John Moore and branding and marketing expert Ira Blumenthal. Dr. Douglas McCabe of Georgetown University will serve as the conference facilitator.

One of SNIC’s key draws is the opportunity for operators and industry representatives to network together and discuss their shared challenges and solutions. Many of the latter will be introduced through the annual Innovation Station breakout presentations, a terrific preview of many of the most innovative foodservice products on the market today. This face-time together makes SNIC a valuable conference for all partners working to our shared goals.

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SNF Webinar Wednesdays: The Financial Sense of Breakfast

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December 11, 2013, 2:00-3:15 pm EST (1:00 pm Central, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific)

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with the National Dairy Council (NDC), will host a FREE webinar about the financial considerations to make when starting or expanding a breakfast program.

Are you looking at the whole financial picture when it comes to your breakfast program? Increasing participation and your bottom line are doable, but in order to make it work, you must have a firm knowledge of your costs.

Join us as we breakdown different breakfast models for programs of different sizes and help you discover simple ways to better understand how breakfast can make a positive impact on your bottom line.

Time will be devoted to Q&A, so please come with your questions. Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

Can’t make it to the live event? The webinar will be archived following the live presentation.

The webinar objectives are to provide participants with a better understanding of: how to identify data indicators to track for breakfast; the impact and investment of different delivery models; what data to collect to measure effectiveness of breakfast programs; and what variables exist and how to account for them.

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