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Pat McCoy Named SNA Industry Member of the Year

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Pat McCoy Named SNA Industry Member of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 29, 2006 – Pat McCoy SFNS, Vice President of School Foodservice Sales for Schwan’s Foodservice, was named the fourth recipient of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award. McCoy, who has been involved in child nutrition programs for twenty years, was nominated by SNA past presidents Marilyn Hurt SFNS, Penny McConnell SFNS and Gertrude Applebaum for his “personal commitment, energy and selflessness” to his work on behalf of the Association and school nutrition.

Since becoming an SNA member in 1986, McCoy has supported the efforts of school nutrition professionals in a wide variety of ways, both individually and in his positions with Schwan’s Foodservice. His leadership efforts have resulted in Schwan’s continued support of college scholarships for SNA members and support for the Global Child Nutrition Forum and international school feeding efforts. He has directly been involved in aiding school nutrition labeling efforts, advocacy on behalf of the federal child nutrition programs and responding to the need by school nutrition professionals for reformulated, low-fat entree items.

McCoy has been an active SNA industry member and has held several leadership roles, including:

  • Board member, Child Nutrition Foundation, 2003-2006
  • Co-chair, “A Possible Dream” Gala, 2006
  • Co-chair, Child Nutrition Industry Conference 2004-2005
  • Member, SNA Industry Advisory Board, 2002-2004 and 1993-1995
  • Member, SNA Marketing Advisory Board 1996-1997
  • Member, SNA Member Services Committee, 1996-1997
  • Members, Strategic Planning Committee, 1994-1995
  • Member, Minnesota Commodity Pilot Committee

He is a regular attendee at SNA’s Annual national Conference, Child Nutrition Industry Conference and Legislative Action Conference.

In nominating McCoy for the award, McConnell wrote, he does everything in his power both personally and professionally to assist SNA meet its mission and be the nutrition voice for all children in the United States.

Join SNA members in congratulating Pat McCoy when the 2006 Individual Industry Member of the Year Award is presented during SNA’s 60th Annual National Conference in Los Angeles, California on Monday, July 17, 2006. McCoy, along with the 2006 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, will also be recognized at the Child Nutrition Foundation’s “A Possible Dream” Gala on Monday, March 5, 2007, in Washington, DC.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA), www.schoolnutrition.org, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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Complimentary Full Press Registration Now Available for School Nutrition Association 2006 Annual National Conference

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Complimentary Full Press Registration Now Available for School Nutrition Association 2006 Annual National Conference

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 8, 2006) – After 60 years, come see how much school lunch has improved. School lunch today is all about nutritious foods and beverages, local school wellness policies and school food safety. Join thousands of school nutrition professionals as they tackle the challenging issues in child nutrition in Los Angeles, California, at the School Nutrition Association’s 60th Annual National Conference, July 16-19, 2006. Complimentary press registration is now available to attend the Annual National Conference (ANC) the world’s largest gathering of child nutrition professionals. The conference includes over 85 accredited educational breakout sessions, and the largest exhibit hall in the school foodservice industry, featuring over 830 exhibit booths. The pre-registration deadline for press is June 30, 2006. ANC 2006 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

ANC 2006 provides members of the media an opportunity to take the pulse of the nation’s school nutrition programs:

  • Thousands of child nutrition professionals will participate in quality education sessions on the commodity program, leadership skills, managing resources, marketing, safety and security and wellness.
  • The largest exhibit hall in the school foodservice industry will include all of the major suppliers of food, equipment and software/hardware technology for school nutrition programs. Exhibitors will be featuring innovative products that contribute to healthy school meal programs. Cameras and interviews permitted in the hall with permission.
  • Kick-off of “Vote for School Lunch” – the campaign to drive awareness of healthy school meals and get kids to elect the nation's favorite school lunch!
  • General session speakers include Dr. Bob Arnot, Amanda Gore, Jackie Pflug and Jeff Dunham. National awards of excellence in school nutrition will be presented.
  • The Global Child Nutrition Forum (July 13 – 16, 2005) features school feeding experts from over 12 countries discussing global child nutrition programs. On July 18, 2006, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation will be launched.

Contact Erik Peterson for information on scheduling interviews with SNA leaders and for press registration: 703-739-3900 ext. 124.

SNA, (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) the School Nutrition Association, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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School Lunch at Sixty: Promoting Healthy Eating Habits

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School Lunch at Sixty: Promoting Healthy Eating Habits

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 5, 2006) – This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the National School Lunch Program and the School Nutrition Association. Both began in 1946 and share the goal of ensuring that America’s school children receive healthy school meals.

When the National School Lunch Act was signed into law by president Harry Truman on June 4, 1946, Truman remarked, "no nation is any healthier than its children." In a later speech on the same subject, Truman said "The well nourished school child is a better student. He is healthier and more alert. He is developing good food habits that will benefit him for the rest of his life. In short, he is a better asset for his country in every way." That same year the National School Cafeteria Association and the Conference of Food Service Directors merged to become the School Food Service Association. In 2004 the Association changed its name to the School Nutrition Association.

Sixty years later the 55,000 members of the School Nutrition Association remain committed to President Truman’s promise to our nation’s children. Every school day over 37 million school breakfasts and lunches are served to America’s school children. Provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, these nutritious, balanced meals are provided in age-appropriate serving sizes.
 
Several recent studies, including those of the U.S. General Accounting Office and Dr. Alice Jo Rainville of Eastern Michigan University, found that the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides children with twice the servings of fruits and vegetables and greater amounts of grains and dairy than children who eat lunch brought from home or who leave school to eat lunch. Dr. Rainville’s study concluded that students who eat school lunches consume less calories from fat and twice as many servings of fruits and vegetables than students who eat a bag lunch.

In a letter to Members of Congress marking the anniversary of the National School Lunch Act, SNA President Ruth Jonen, SFNS wrote, “When President Truman signed the NSLP into law on June 4, 1946, it was to address the under nutrition of children.  Now, the program is on the front lines in the fight against obesity.  Today’s school lunches meet federal nutrition requirements that limit calories from fat and saturated fat, while providing the fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein and grains that children need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.”

The nutritious school meals of 2006 include entrée salads, shaker salads and salad bars that may feature locally grown produce; yogurt parfaits and multigrain rolls; reduced fat versions of old favorites; healthy cooking techniques like baking; cafeteria and classroom nutrition education; and much more. This year SNA members will continue to play leadership roles in the development of local school wellness policies that promote nutritious foods and beverages on the entire school campus, not just in the lunchroom. While school nutrition professionals face both new challenges like over-nutrition and ones similar to those of 1946, like under-nutrition, they remain passionate and dedicated to advancing good nutrition for all children.

The School Nutrition Association (formerly ASFSA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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