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Fall 2013 Journal Features Article on BackPack Programs

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December 17, 2013 – Have you made time to check out the latest issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management? SNA’s peer-reviewed research journal published twice a year is an exclusively digital publication and features research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs.

One of the articles from the Fall 2013 issue, “The BackPack Food Program’s Effects on U.S. Elementary Students’ Hunger and On-task Behavior” by Meghan E. Ecker, MA, and Sarah K. Sifers, PhD, LP, examines a study conducted to evaluate the BackPack Food Program’s effectiveness in combating students’ hunger over the weekends and school breaks, as well as analyzing the program’s effects on students’ on-task behavior in the classroom. The study also took a look at program satisfaction from students, parents and teachers.

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SNA VP Earns Exciting Promotion

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December 17, 2013 – In Fall 2013, SNA Vice President Jean Ronnei, SNS, announced she had been promoted in her Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Schools district to the position of chief operating officer. In her new role, Ronnei will continue to oversee the district’s child nutrition program, but not retain day-to-day management responsibilities. Her promotion in a high-profile major city district is a positive reflection on the school nutrition profession and the Board extends its congratulations to her for this achievement.

A key aspect of SNA’s leadership structure is to elect a vice president who will begin a three-year term that includes succession to the roles of Association president-elect and president. Professional role changes do not in and of themselves automatically preclude the eligibility of a dutifully elected officer from participating in the full leadership cycle.

SNA leaders have fielded some inquiries from SNA members regarding Ronnei’s continued eligibility to continue to serve as a member of the organization’s Executive Team. A review of SNA bylaws by the Association’s legal counsel clearly affirms her eligibility, in keeping with similar situations by other SNA past presidents, including those employed by state agencies. In addition, Ronnei’s superintendent in Saint Paul fully supports her involvement in SNA as a benefit to the school district, as well as her own professional development. If you have any questions, contact

SNA Hosts Professional Standards Webinar for Members

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December 16, 2013 – Given that training and education requirements from USDA are on the horizon, SNA hosted an informational webinar about professional standards on December 12th. The webinar, which boasted more than 1,000 registrants, featured Jan Barrett, Senior Nutritionist with the USDA, as a speaker.

While USDA hasn’t yet released the proposed rule regarding professional standards for school nutrition employees, Barrett provided insight about the upcoming rule and answered attendees’ questions about how the requirements will be communicated and implemented.

To access the archived webinar, click here. Members earn 1 CEU for attending the live webinar or watching the archived recording.

Don’t forget, achieving SNA certification or the SNS credential is a great way to get a head start on preparing for the professional standards. To learn more and get started, visit

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