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Leah Schmidt Named 2013-2014 President of the School Nutrition Association
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KANSAS CITY, MO (July 17, 2013) — Leah Schmidt, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Hickman Mills C-1 School District (Missouri), has become the 66th President of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. SNA members welcomed Schmidt to her new role during the closing session of SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference in Kansas City, MO.
In her 22 years with Hickman Mills, Leah Schmidt has worked her way up from Cafeteria Manager, to Field Supervisor, to her promotion as Director in 1998. Her meal program serves 5,000 lunches and 3,200 breakfasts each school day. In a community hard-hit by economic troubles, Schmidt has stepped up to ensure her students have access to healthy meals when school is out. Her summer program serves 1,500 breakfasts and lunches daily, and she recently launched a supper program serving approximately 800 after-school meals at 10 locations each school day.
Throughout her career, Leah Schmidt has held numerous leadership roles with SNA national and Missouri SNA, and has frequently been recognized for her achievements. Notably, in 2003 she earned the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Silver Rising Star Award. She also received USDA Best Practices Awards in 1998 and 2007.
Schmidt earned her Bachelor's Degree in dietetics from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, KS and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education from University of St. Mary. Schmidt has also worked part time teaching culinary skills at the Culinary Center of Kansas City.
About the School Nutrition Association: The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information about ANC, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.
Three School Nutrition Professionals Recognized for Extraordinary Achievements at ANC
Kansas City, MO (July 14, 2013) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) recognized three of its own today at the 67th Annual National Conference, in Kansas City, MO. In addition to state and regional award winners, three SNA members received national recognition for their superior accomplishments in the school nutrition arena:
The National Louise Sublette Award of Excellence in School Nutrition was awarded to Beth Freeman, Cafeteria Manager for C. Milton High School in Harford County Public Schools, MD. Realizing that most students ride the bus to school and arrive with only 20 minutes to spare before the first period begins, Freeman revamped her breakfast program to center around speed. She added a "Grab & Go" line to make sure students were not missing breakfast because of time constraints. Then to generate “buzz” about the revamped program, Freeman offered sample tastings and implemented a "Red Carpet Academy Award" theme for breakfast, complete with costumes, decorations and fun games like "guess the movie quote." Freeman’s efforts significantly increased her school’s breakfast participation.
The 2013 National Outstanding Director of the Year is Angela Haney, SNS, Director of Student Nutrition from Los Lunas Schools in Los Lunas, NM. Angela Haney has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of her entire community. Within Los Lunas Schools, she added 15 sites for Summer Feeding programs, expanded the After School Snack program, and developed and helped pass Breakfast After the Bell legislation that allows breakfast to be served in the classroom during instructional time to ensure that every single student has access to breakfast. She also ensures that her staff has every opportunity to learn more about their craft and advance their skill set. Within the larger community, Angela is an avid supporter of farm-to-school initiatives to support local farmers and serves on the governor’s Child Hunger Task Force.
This year’s National Heart of the Program Award goes to Dawn Lehmann of Seckman Middle School in Imperial, MO. Lehmann embodies the passion and commitment of school nutrition professionals. Dawn regularly volunteers her time to assist nighttime events at her school - from Chili Suppers and Trivia Night to community events to raise money for worthy causes. Recognizing that many students and families in her community don’t know the fundamentals of cooking, Dawn joined a colleague in creating a class designed to teach the art and love of cooking and promote a healthier way of eating. On Thursdays after wrapping up her work in the school kitchen, Dawn heads to the elementary school to teach the two hour class for 4th-6th graders.
School Nutrition Professionals to Taste-Test Foods, Preview Equipment & Share Best Practices
Thousands Gather in Kansas City for the School Nutrition Industry’s Largest Event
SNA’s Annual National Conference 2013, July 14-17 in Kansas City, to feature healthy trends in school meals
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (July 11, 2013) – Next week, nearly 6,500 school nutrition professionals will meet at School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Annual National Conference to taste test healthy new foods and recipes for school menus and pick up tips for strengthening meal programs from colleagues and experts across the country.
SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference (ANC) is scheduled for July 14-17 in Kansas City, MO. ANC 2013 will offer more than 90 education breakout sessions, networking opportunities and the largest exhibit hall in school nutrition, featuring booths packed with nutritious foods and beverages, services, equipment and technology.
ANC 2013 offers an opportunity to understand trends and challenges facing school nutrition programs nationwide:
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SNA Retains New Legislative Counsel
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (July 2, 2013) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) announced that it has retained the services of Barnes & Thornburg LLP for its advocacy and legislative services. The change is effective immediately.
“In light of the historic regulatory challenges facing school nutrition professionals and with Child Nutrition Reauthorization on the horizon, SNA’s Board of Directors agreed that it was an ideal time for SNA to reflect on its advocacy strategies,” said SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS. Last year, USDA issued the first update to school meal pattern regulations in more than 15 years, and last month, the department released the first-ever regulations for competitive foods sold in school vending machines and a la carte lines.
At the request of the Board, SNA issued a Request for Proposals for legislative services and considered several proposals from leading Washington, DC based advocacy firms. A selection committee comprised of SNA Board members, SNA’s CEO and Staff Vice President of Child Nutrition and Policy reviewed each proposal, conducted interviews with prospective firms, and determined that Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s vision offers the best match for SNA’s advocacy goals at this time.
SNA was previously represented by Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. “School Nutrition Association extends our deepest thanks and appreciation to Marshall Matz for more than 30 years of dedicated service to SNA and its members,” said SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS. “Marshall’s work on behalf of SNA has strengthened school nutrition programs for the millions of children who rely on healthy school meals.”
Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the nation’s 100 largest full-service law firms with offices in 12 cities. The Washington, D.C. office specializes in government relations. Partners from the firm will attend SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, MO July 14-17 to meet SNA members, participate in conference events, and engage in legislative planning discussions with SNA’s Board of Directors and the Public Policy and Legislation Committee.
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The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.
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