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Ruth Jonen, SFNS Named President of SNA

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Ruth Jonen, SFNS Named President of School Nutrition Association

Ruth Jonen, SFNSBALTIMORE, Md., July 20, 2004 – On the final day of the School Nutrition Association (formerly American School Food Service Association) Annual National Conference, in Baltimore, Maryland, 6,000 members and participants welcomed new president of the Association. 

Ruth Jonen, SFNS, Director of Food Service for Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, became the 58th president of the Association. Jonen graduated with her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 1964. She began her District 211 career as director of food service in 1980. Jonen has served in a variety of leadership positions within the child nutrition arena at both the state and national levels, including president of the Illinois School Food Service Association. She is credentialed as a School Foodservice and Nutrition Specialist (SFNS.) Jonen succeeds Karen Johnson, SFNS, and will serve one year as the elected president of the School Nutrition Association.

Jonen was named president at the final session of the SNA conference in Balitmore. Over 5,000 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals attended the conference, participating in over 100 workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers including former Oriole Cal Ripken, Jr.

The School Nutrition Association (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. 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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