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School Nutrition Offers Disaster Inspiration and Wisdom

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September 5, 2012—Few of us truly anticipate that a natural disaster will happen “here” to “us.” We watch the news reports, send up a prayer, make a donation, volunteer our time and count our blessings to be spared completely or that it wasn’t worse. The September issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, offers inspiration and valuable lessons learned from some school nutrition operators who rose to challenges Mother Nature presented. Also included are an overview of SNA’s Annual National Conference held in Denver in July and a look at some ideas for collaborations between school nutrition operations and a district’s culinary arts training program.

The North American Blizzard of 2009. The 2011 Souris River Flood. The 2011 Virginia Earthquake. These are just some of the recent natural disasters that impacted communities and school nutrition professionals across the country. In “Storm Warning,” operators who experienced these and other disasters provide advice and reflections that demonstrate just how well school nutrition professionals rise and shine. Bonus Web Content: Don’t miss more web-only accounts and additional advice about dealing with disasters, including guidance for talking to children in times of trauma.

Do you remember last year’s “Class Acts” episode of the Food Network reality competition “Chopped”? That airing was so successful that an all-new group of school chefs will appear on the program on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. “Chop, Cheer and Celebrate!” has all the details, as well as an entry form for the “Chopped” Scavenger Hunt that will feature exciting Food Network prizes.

Were you one of the 7,000 attendees who explored the latest in school nutrition at ANC in Denver in July? Whether you were there and want to relive the memories or want to catch up on what you missed, “Summit of Success!” offers a round-up of the highlights.

“The Art of a Culinary Collaboration” takes you beyond the (cook)book for an examination of how a school nutrition operation can enhance the educational opportunities of a district’s culinary arts training program—and vice versa. Bonus Web Content: In school districts that don’t offer formal vocational training in culinary arts, cooking can still be a valuable tool that provides students with benefits in all areas of their lives. Learn about an Arizona district’s middle school “culinary institute.”

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Registration is Open for CNIC 2013 in San Antonio

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September 5, 2012 --Discover how building essential partnerships will bring about the results your operation needs to succeed by joining your fellow school nutrition colleagues and industry representatives for SNA’s upcoming Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), January 13-15, 2013. This annual meeting of operators and industry will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, and its theme, “Where Partners Create Possibilities” will provide the information you need to gain new ideas to transform your school nutrition operation. With timely sessions discussing the latest data on the operational impact of the new meal patterns to how the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election may affect your operation, you’ll leave the conference with the results you need to move your program to the next level!

With an impressive lineup of general session speakers, CNIC 2013 is sure to inspire you to greatness! Comedian and former Emmy-winning TV host, Ross Shafer will offer a fresh approach to the importance of embracing change to allow for growth. The best-selling author of Nobody Moved Your Cheese will inspire you with his enthusiasm and understanding of human behavior, and will leave you motivated to tackle anything. Need help overcoming the changing obstacles that sprout up in your operation or business? Then you don’t want to miss, Jackie Freiberg, leadership expert and best-selling author of NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, as she details how to plan for potential obstacles and even better – how to overcome them!

And if that weren’t enough, the popular Innovation Stations will give CNIC attendees an opportunity to take a first-hand look at the most current innovations in the school nutrition market. These unique 20-minute presentation sessions allow industry representatives to meet with you in small groups to introduce newly released or in development food, beverage, equipment and service solutions designed to streamline your daily operations.

Online registration for CNIC 2013 is open now. And don’t forget to reserve your hotel room at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. To take advantage of the special SNA conference rate, you may make your reservation online, or by calling 888-421-1442. Be sure to mention “SNA/CNIC” when making your reservation.

Don’t miss out on one of the best learning, sharing and networking events—CNIC 2013! For more information, stay tuned to or contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822 with your questions. See you in San Antonio!

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Step Into the FAME Spotlight

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September 6, 2012—Time is running out to nominate school nutrition leaders and innovators for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award. The nomination deadline is September 26, 2012.

This prestigious awards competition recognizes those who raise the school nutrition bar for others to follow. These are individuals who have triumphed over challenges and provide insightful and innovative solutions to the complex issues that are the hallmark of this business. How about you? Your supervisor? A colleague in another district?  Do you hear FAME calling?

Winning a FAME award is a tremendous honor—but so is being nominated! The nominations for this and other school nutrition awards programs frequently are used as leads and resources by School Nutrition, the flagship publication of SNA, and other foodservice media to showcase best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program is a great way to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word to outside communities that school nutrition professionals are experts in contributing to the health and welfare of America’s children.

Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at until September 26. There are six award categories:

● School Nutrition Director of the Year (must have more than 12 years of director experience)
● Leadership Award (12 or fewer years of experience)
● Rising Star Award (five or fewer years of director experience)
● Special Achievement Award (10,000 or fewer enrollment)
● Spirit Award
● Friend of Child Nutrition Award (advocate such as a principal, state association representative or community leader, going above and beyond scope of normal professional duties; child nutrition directors/department heads are not eligible)

The awards are sponsored by Basic American Foods, The Schwan Food Company and Tyson Foods, and they will be presented on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Don’t procrastinate and let FAME pass you by! Send your nomination in before this year’s deadline: September 26, 2012.


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