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Fourteen Countries Represented at GCNF

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Fourteen Countries Represented at Global School Feeding Gathering

BALTIMORE, Md., July 14, 2005 – Around the world school feeding programs are providing nutritious meals to children, and seeking to combat childhood malnutrition, hunger and obesity. Twenty international delegates representing 14 nations will convene in Baltimore, Md., from July 14 to 17,2005, for the 7th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF).

The Child Nutrition Foundation (CNF) in partnership with the School Nutrition Association (formerly American School Food Service Association), will host the Forum that will examine the barriers and successes to global school feeding. Delegates will represent:

  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

The four-day meeting will take place prior to the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 59th Annual National Conference (ANC) in Baltimore, Md.

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. This year’s forum will focus on preventing foodborne illness and networking between nations and groups.

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:

  • Animal Krackers Alliance
  • Florida School Nutrition Association
  • Indiana School Nutrition Association
  • Mississippi School Food Service Association
  • Rich Products
  • School Nutrition Association
  • Schreiber Foods
  • Schwan's Food Service
  • SFSPac Foodservice Sanitation System
  • Tetra Pak
  • Tree Top Foodservice
  • School Nutrition Association of Virginia
  • World Food Programme
  • SNA members

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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