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School Nutrition Association Announces CEO’s Departure

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
301-686-3124 Ext.
media@schoolnutrition.org

School Nutrition Association Announces CEO’s Departure

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (November 20, 2012) — The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has announced that Chief Executive Officer Frank DiPasquale has left his position, effective November 19, 2012, to pursue other opportunities.  DiPasquale was hired in June, 2011 following the retirement of long time CEO Barbara Belmont. 

Chief Operating Officer Patricia Montague will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer until the Board of Directors makes a decision on a new search process.

SNA President Sandra Ford, Director, Food and Nutrition Program, Manatee County Public Schools,  Florida said, ”We appreciate the work Frank has done to help us increase our advocacy efforts and for all of his work on behalf of SNA members.”

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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GCNF to Honor Arlene Mitchell with Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

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Contact: Erica Davies, Global Child Nutrition Foundation
301.686.3104 Ext.
gcnf@schoolnutrition.org

GCNF to Honor Arlene Mitchell with Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

National Harbor, MD (Nov. 13, 2012) – The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) has selected Arlene Mitchell as recipient of the 2013 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition.
 
Ms. Mitchell, Deputy Director in the Agricultural Development Access and Markets team, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and former Chief of School Feeding for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will receive the award during GCNF’s annual “A Possible Dream” gala. The gala will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Over 500 executives and high level government and NGO officials are expected to attend.
 
The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition is presented each year to an individual whose work has made significant strides toward helping the world’s poorest children receive adequate nutrition so they may thrive and reach their full potential. During her 30 years of work in international program development and management, Ms. Mitchell has helped strengthen and expand school feeding programs and the local agricultural markets that supply them. She is both a champion and mentor for school feeding leaders around the globe.
 
As the first Chief of School Feeding for WFP, Ms. Mitchell led a successful effort to re-establish school feeding as a flagship program both within WFP and the greater humanitarian and development communities. During her tenure, the number of children benefiting from WFP school feeding programs increased from just under 12 million to over 20 million. Ms. Mitchell oversaw notable achievements including the initiation of a regional school feeding network for Latin America, and a de-worming effort linked to school meals which benefited over 1 million children. She also helped expand WPF’s “Walk the World” benefit for child hunger programs, from 40,000 participants in 73 countries to 800,000 participants in 118 countries.
 
More recently, as Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms. Mitchell supported the Partnership for Child Development to strengthen nationally-owned school feeding programs linked to local agriculture and to expand the knowledge base around successfully planning and scaling such programs.
 
Ms. Mitchell joins a prestigious group of Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, including the late Senator George McGovern (D-SD), Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Bob Dole (R-KS), the Honorable Catherine Bertini, and the Honorable Dan Glickman.
 
The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), established in 2006 as the international arm of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to helping developing countries build sustainable, country-owned and operated school feeding programs by sharing best practices, providing technical assistance and education, applying research, developing policy and organizing annual Global Forums on school feeding programs. GCNF’s work is organized in three areas: technical assistance and training; research and special studies; and communications and network building.
 

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