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School Nutrition Professionals to Raise Awareness about Childhood Hunger with Grassroots Student Drive

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School Nutrition Professionals to Raise Awareness about Childhood Hunger with Grassroots Student Drive

SNA Announces Global Child Nutrition Month to Take Place April 2008

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (December 21, 2007) - This spring, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and its members invite students nationwide to bring some extra change to school with them.  In conjunction with the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), school nutrition professionals are encouraged to take one day, one week or all month in April 2008 to partner with students and teachers in raising funds for the fight against global hunger.

As part of SNA’s first-ever Global Child Nutrition Month in April, the grassroots fundraising goal is to collect coins from schools across the country to total a one million dollar donation.  The donation will be used by GCNF or other local and international hunger organizations to raise awareness about the ravages of hunger among children worldwide and here in the United States and to help fund solutions to global hunger and poverty.

As many as 300 million of the world’s children are trapped in the grinding cycle of poverty and hunger.  According to the World Food Programme, 170 million of these children attend school, but most do not receive meals there.  Because a hungry child cannot learn or thrive, a society whose children live in hunger will never prosper. GCNF works to help nations build and sustain school feeding programs to nurture and educate children - the most effective means of breaking the cycle of poverty.

Whether helping with fundraising or with efforts to raise awareness, school nutrition professionals are taking important steps toward ending childhood hunger in the US and abroad.  SNA industry members are also taking action to be part of the solution to global hunger.  Schwan’s Food Service Inc. has developed the “Change Our World” program to promote students’ awareness of global hunger. During designated days and weeks, students will have numerous giving opportunities, including the invitation to bring 25 cents to school to give to GCNF.  With the new “Change Our World” Web site, www.changeourworldonline.org, students and staff will be able to track their success and compete with other schools in their area and around the US.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (www.gcnf.org) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission and vision are to help the nations of the world nurture young bodies and advance young minds through the time-tested practice of school-based nutrition.  The School Nutrition Association (www.schoolnutrition.org) 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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