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Delegates from Seventeen Countries Meet to Discuss Global School Feeding Efforts

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Delegates from Seventeen Countries Meet to Discuss Global School Feeding Efforts

LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2006) – Twenty-three international delegates representing 17 nations will convene in Los Angeles, California from July 13 to 16, 2006, for the 8th Global Child Nutrition Forum. On the agenda at the Forum: combating childhood malnutrition, hunger and obesity. The Child Nutrition Foundation (CNF) in partnership with the School Nutrition Association hosts the Forum to examine the barriers and successes to global school feeding. 

Delegates scheduled to attend represent: Argentina, Canada, China, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Paraguay, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia.

The participants represent countries developing new programs, or seeking to improve existing school feeding programs. Upon returning home they serve as a resource in their countries and often for neighboring nations developing feeding programs. GCNF will unite over a dozen school nutrition professionals from diverse school districts in the United States with international participants, allowing an exchange of information on school foodservice programs and all aspects of child nutrition, food preparation, food safety and foodservice management.

GCNF seeks to build and support a global network of child nutrition advocates committed to expanding access to school and community-based nutrition programs. GCNF illustrates SNA and the Child Nutrition Foundation’s commitment to “advance good nutrition for all children.” Reaching out to children and schools in all countries is consistent with this mission of helping children reach their life potential through good nutrition. The school foodservice industry is critical to the success of GCNF. The following organizations are integral partners in bringing together global school feeding professionals: Sponsors include A Possible Dream Gala, Child Nutrition Foundation, PepsiCo Foodservice, Rich Products, School Nutrition Association, Schwan's Food Service, Winston Industries. Friends include the Animal Krackers Alliance, Florida School Nutrition Association, Anne Gennings, Georgia School Nutrition Association, Kentucky School Nutrition Association, Joanne Kinsey, Land O’Lakes, M & B Products, Beulah Milbrath, Mary Owens, Pennsylvania School Nutrition Association, Polk County School Food Service Association, Real Time Solutions, SFSPac Foodservice Sanitation System, J.M. Smuckers, South Whidbey Kiwanis Club, Tree Top Foodservice and Gene White.

The Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA.) SNA 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.

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