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2014 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow Winner Announced

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February 14, 2014 – SNA and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) are pleased to announce that Janet Dunmyer has been selected as the 2014 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow.

Dunmyer is the Food Service Operations Manager for Zionsville (Ind.) Community Schools (ZCS). She has been an active member of the SNA and the Indiana School Nutrition Association (ISNA) for the past 10 years. She currently sits on the Executive Board of the ISNA and has served on the ISNA Public Policy & Legislation Committee.  

The award, established in honor of school nutrition pioneer and advocate Dr. Josephine Martin, enables an SNA member to attend the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) for the first time. It is a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin’s passion for child nutrition and ensures that the voices of nutrition professionals will continue to be heard by legislators and policy makers at the local, state and national level.

When asked why she would like to attend LAC, Dunmyer said “The ability to bring back first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and share that with front-line school nutrition staff at ZCS would be invaluable.”

Dunmyer will be recognized during the first general session at LAC on Sunday, March 2. 

Funding for the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow is made possible by the Josephine Martin Endowment Fund at SNF. The Endowment is still accepting contributions to reach its $75,000 goal. To date, the Endowment has raised approximately $22,000. 

Kevin Woods, SNA Industry Representative, Resigns from Board

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February 14, 2014 – On February 13, 2014, SNA Industry Representative Kevin Woods, SNS, announced he is resigning from the Board of Directors, effective March 5, 2014. Following SNA bylaw protocol, Gary Vonck, vice president of education at KeyImpact Sales & Systems, will replace Woods as Industry Representative.

“Although we are sad to have Kevin leave the board, we certainly understand and thank him for his service,” says SNA President Leah Schmidt, SNS. “We are pleased to have another dedicated Industry Representative willing to serve in Gary Vonck, and we welcome him back to the Board.  

At the time of SNA elections, Woods’ position focused on the K-12 segment; since that time, he has begun working at another company in a new role with responsibilities that do not focus on the school nutrition industry, “Resulting in no longer having the focus on the segment and my finger on its pulse and its nuances,” Woods writes in his final column for SNA e-newsletter, Industry Insider. “All of these aspects are required of the Industry Representative, so it would be unfair to my fellow industry members and SNA for me to continue in this role and not provide the attention it requires.”

In the event of a Board resignation and vacancy, SNA’s bylaws require giving first consideration to the other candidate who ran for the position during the election. By following these procedures, the Board of Directors has voted and appointed Vonck to the position for the remainder of the term. Vonck was also appointed to hold this position on the 2012-2013 Board of Directors when the previous industry representative resigned.

Both Woods and Vonck will attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) from March 2 to 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C., and Globe Food Equipment Company, where Woods is the vice president of sales and marketing, continues as an SNA member. Vonck’s appointment is effective March 5, the closing day of LAC.

Initial NSLP and SBP Participation Trends for 2013-14 School Year

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February 13, 2014 – With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA has been monitoring data from USDA to understand national participation trends for lunch and breakfast programs.

National School Lunch Program
Initial participation data for this school year indicates a continued decrease in the average number of students participating in the National School Lunch Program. As implementation of the new meal pattern requirements for this program begins its second year, 30.5 million students participated on an average day so far in the 2013-14 school year (September–November 2013). This is a 1.94% decrease when compared to the same time frame last school year (2012-13) and a 4.89% decrease when compared to the same time frame in school year 2011-12. While the average number of students receiving a free meal increased from the past two previous years, there were fewer students on average participating in the paid and reduced-price categories.

School Breakfast Program
Average participation in the School Breakfast Program indicates a continued increase in participation in this program even as new meal pattern requirements are implemented this school year. An average of 13.6 million students participated in the School Breakfast Program, so far, in the 2013-14 school year (September – November 2013). This is a 3.38% increase in the average number of students participating when compared to the same time frame last school year and a 6.19% increase when compared to the 2011-12 school year. Increases were driven by growth in the number of students receiving a free breakfast.

As updated data is made available from USDA, SNA will continue to track this participation information.

To view the Participation Charts, visit the SNA Resource Center or click here.


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