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Mimi Ford Named SNA Individual Industry Member of the Year

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Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext. 124

Mimi Ford Named SNA Individual Industry Member of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 13, 2007 – Mimi Ford, National School Foodservice Sales Manager for J&J Snack Foods Corporation, was named the fifth recipient of the School Nutrition Association”s (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award. Ford, who has been involved in child nutrition programs for 25 years, was nominated by SNA past president Penny McConnell, SNS; Maryland SNA President Carolyn Thompson; and SNA Virginia President Becky Domokos-Bays, SNS for her “willingness to learn” and her ability to “work tirelessly” on behalf of the Association and school nutrition.

Since becoming an SNA member in 2002, Ford has supported the efforts of school nutrition professionals in countless ways, both individually and in her position with J&J Snack Foods.  Ford’s leadership has resulted in J&J Snack Foods’ proactive role in developing a wide variety of snack food items that meet local, state, and federal regulations, satisfying the demands of school nutrition professionals.  She is also active in supporting the mission of both the School Nutrition Foundation and the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), educating GCNF delegates by hosting a tour of a J&J Snack Foods manufacturing plant.  Ford has directly participated in national nutrition standards discussions, as well as advocated on behalf the of the federal child nutrition programs.

Ford is an active SNA industry member and has held several leadership roles, including:

  • Co-chair, Child Nutrition Industry Conference 2007-2008
  • Member, SNA Industry Advisory Board 2006-2008
  • Member, SNA VA Industry Advisory Board 2006-2008
  • Member, Child Nutrition Foundation
  • Member & Presenter, Industry Taskforce on the Effect of Whole Grains in the Child Nutrition program
  • Member & Presenter, Industry Taskforce on National Nutrition Standards / Time and Place Rule

She is a regular attendee at SNA’s Annual National Conference, Child Nutrition Industry Conference, and Legislative Action Conference, as well as many state conferences.

In nominating Ford for the award, Domokos-Bays wrote that Ford is “a true professional who works diligently on behalf of child nutrition,” constantly learning about the programs in order to assist the mission of SNA and provide better nutrition for all children.

Join SNA members in congratulating Mimi Ford when the 2007 Individual Industry Member of the Year Award is presented during SNA’s 61st Annual National Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, July 16, 2007.  Ford, along with the 2007 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, will also be honored at the Child Nutrition Foundation’s “A Possible Dream” Gala on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in Washington, DC.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA), 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.  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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