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Leah Schmidt Named 2013-2014 President of the School Nutrition Association

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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.

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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.

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Three School Nutrition Professionals Recognized for Extraordinary Achievements at ANC

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Three School Nutrition Professionals Recognized for Extraordinary Achievements at ANC

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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.

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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.

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School Nutrition Professionals to Taste-Test Foods, Preview Equipment & Share Best Practices

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School Nutrition Professionals to Taste-Test Foods, Preview Equipment & Share Best Practices

School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference 2013 to feature nation's largest exhibit of healthy trends in school meals
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KANSAS CITY, MO (July 12, 2013) - On Monday, July 15, school nutrition professionals from across the country will sample healthy foods and beverages and preview equipment and service options to help school cafeterias prepare meals and snacks that meet new federal nutrition standards.

Nearly 6,500 school nutrition professionals are gathering at the Kansas City Convention Center for School Nutrition Association's (SNA) 67th Annual National Conference (ANC).  The largest exhibit floor in school nutrition features nearly 850 exhibit booths showcasing a range of healthy, tasty, kid-friendly and energy-efficient products.

Six interactive Culinary Demonstrations will highlight creative, nutritious recipes with student appeal.  The Cutting-Edge Complex will feature new equipment to help school cafeterias lower energy costs and more efficiently prepare healthier meals. Attendees will find a number of exciting trends on display, including:

  • Kid-Friendly Fruit and Veggie Trends: Exhibitors will offer recipes and serving ideas that entice students to eat their fruits and veggies. Attendees will also find single-serve produce options to help them meet new nutrition standards for school vending machines and a la carte lines.
  • Asian Themed Low-Sodium Dishes: Ethnic foods are a student-favorite, and exhibitors will deliver with recipes such as Lemongrass Chicken as well as ingredients including low-sodium teriyaki, katsu and hoisin sauces that meet nutrition standards.
  • Whole Grain Rich Foods: By Fall 2014, all grains offered in school meals must be whole grain rich. Attendees will sample everything from whole grain breads and crackers to whole wheat pancakes and waffles, and pick up recipes using brown rice and barley.
  • Allergen Alternatives: Exhibitors will offer resources for managing food allergies in schools and serve samples of allergy-free alternatives including sunflower seed and soy butter spreads, lactose-free and soy milks, gluten-free entrees and snacks.
  • Low-Fat and Fat-Free Yogurt: Traditional and Greek yogurts are hot trends for breakfast, lunch and snack-time too.  Attendees will also find smoothies, parfaits and dips that pair yogurt with produce servings.
  • Equipment, products and services that increase efficiency, sustainability and food safety: Attendees will find energy-efficient ovens and steamers; breakfast carts, milk coolers, salad bars and sneeze guards; biodegradable lunch trays; online meal payment systems; nutrition education resources and more.
  • Seafood Selections: Exhibitors are offering a variety of seafood selections for school menus from Baja Fish Tacos to tuna salads and whole grain breaded, baked Po-Boys.

Attendees will peruse the popular Produce Row, Dairy Way, USDA Lane and the eco-friendly Green Aisle.  In the Wellness Village, attendees will gather health tips and undergo screenings from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and other organizations.

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. 

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Thousands Gather in Kansas City for the School Nutrition Industry’s Largest Event

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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:

  • The largest exhibit hall in the school foodservice industry: 849 booths from 381 companies, on approximately 180,000 square feet of space. Exhibitors include suppliers of food, beverages, equipment, software/hardware technology and nutrition education resources. On display will be a wide variety of whole grain products, low fat and low sodium items, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy foods, nutritious snacks and much more.
  • Six culinary demonstrations featuring innovative school recipes like Watermelon & Citrus Herb Chicken.
  • Education sessions on topics including: new nutrition standards for school breakfast, reducing sodium, Farm to School, food allergies, food safety, nutrition education, managing costs and more.
  • General session speakers include: Al Roker, NBC’s Today Show Co-host; Lisa Ling, journalist, executive producer and host of Our America; Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady graphic novel series and founder of School Lunch Superhero Day. National awards of excellence in school nutrition will also be presented.

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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.

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SNA Retains New Legislative Counsel

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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. 

About 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.


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