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SNA Recognizes Three Professionals for Accomplishments in School Nutrition

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Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext. 124
www.schoolnutrition.org

SNA Recognizes Three Professionals for Accomplishments in School Nutrition

BALTIMORE, Md., July 18, 2005 – The School Nutrition Association (formerly American School Food Service Association) recognized three of its own today at the 59th Annual National Conference, in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to state award winners, three SNA members received national recognition on Sunday, July 17, 2005, for their superior accomplishments in the school nutrition arena.

Outstanding School Foodservice Director of the Year was awarded to Demetrious Giovas, Student Nutrition Director for Gadsden Independent Schools in Anthony, New Mex.  An SNA member for over 12 years, Giovas oversees the school nutrition program in this rural district of 20 schools.

With over 13,898 students enrolled, 94% of the students eat school meals daily. He utilizes innovative programs that promote healthy eating habits among students, such as a farm to school initiative, breakfast in the classroom, fresh fruit and vegetable snack program, classroom based nutrition education and a Five-A-Day program. In addition to his emphasis on nutritious meals, Giovas’s program is well-regarded among students and the community and consistently is managed well financially.

Louis Sublette Award of Excellence went to Esther Huffman, foodservice manager at Searcy McRae Elementary in Searcy School District, Ar. Huffman was recognized for increasing school breakfast participation by 35% in a severe need school with 51% of students qualifying for free or reduced meals. Through a poster contest, classroom presentations and a “February Breakfast Bash” special event she introduced many students and parents to the most important meal of the day.  

Heart of the Program was awarded to Sharon Sheffield, food assistant at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School in Bulloch County School District. Sheffield was recognized for going well beyond the call of duty. In addition to the special attention she pays the student, she has taken a leadership role in preparing for special events and presentations at the school. Her creativity and enthusiasm is matching by her willingness to go the extra effort with regard to training and work duties.

The SNA Annual National Conference, July 17 – 20, 2005, features over 5,000 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals 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), 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.

Fourteen Countries Represented at GCNF

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Paul Alberghine, ext. 126
www.schoolnutrition.org

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.

Ruth Jonen, SFNS Named President of SNA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext. 124
www.schoolnutrition.org

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), 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.

Music to Your Mouth: NSLW is October 10 – 14, 2005

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Erik Peterson, ext. 124
www.schoolnutrition.org

Music to Your Mouth: National School Lunch Week is October 10 – 14, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 11, 2005 - What do the National School Lunch Program and music have in common? During National School Lunch Week this October 10 – 14, 2005, the answer is everything! School nutrition professionals nationwide are planning a week-long celebration around the theme School Lunch: It’s Instrumental! And because a nutritious school lunch is instrumental to learning, playing, being active and having fun, the whole family is invited to the cafeteria to join the festivities. So break out the harmonica and prepare to celebrate!

The School Nutrition Association and Otis Spunkmeyer® are again teaming up to help schools celebrate 2005 National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in harmony. Free event-planning tools and resources are available online to all interested in promoting school lunch and celebrating NSLW.

The website at www.schoolnutrition.org/nslw includes:

  • Menus and recipes that reflect the 2005 NSLW theme like Saxophone Salad and Cool Carrot Sticks & Bebop Broccoli
  • A promotional toolkit, including an event planning timeline and tips for working with the media
  • Templates for crafting press releases, public service announcements and fact sheets
  • Two activity sheets for children of all ages
  • A NSLW brochure for parents and students
  • Logos for the theme School Lunch: It’s Instrumental!
  • A sample proclamation making the Week official

The NSLW brochure will also be available to order online through the SNA Emporium, along with T-shirts, balloons, aprons, pencils, stickers and more items to help make the week festive. National School Lunch Week was established in 1963 by a proclamation from President John F. Kennedy. It is designed to help raise awareness for the important role that school nutrition programs play in the lives of America’s children 

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.

Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc., a Northern California-based baked goods manufacturer, is a trusted brand name in the food and snack industry. With the #1 selling cookie dough in foodservice, and a leading muffin brand at retail, consumers have come to recognize the Otis Spunkmeyer brand as synonymous with quality baked goods. Otis Spunkmeyer frozen cookie dough, prebaked muffins and cookies, pastries and other quality baked goods can be found in foodservice and retail outlets throughout the country. For more information about Otis Spunkmeyer products, contact your local sales representative at 1-888-ASK-OTIS or visit www.spunkmeyer.com.

Healthy School Meals Take Center Stage at Baltimore Conference

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Contact: Erik Peterson
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Healthy School Meals Take Center Stage at Baltimore Conference

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 13, 2005 – What will be on the menu at more than 99,000 school cafeterias this fall? Healthy school lunches and cold milk – and you can check them out in Baltimore next week. Over 6,000 participants are expected at the School Nutrition Association’s 59th Annual National Conference in Baltimore, Md. from July 17-20, 2005.

School nutrition professionals from all 50 states and 14 countries will meet to discuss healthy cooking techniques, food safety efforts, nutrition standards for vended and a la carte foods and beverages, food allergies and more.

Highlights of the four-day conference include:

  • Local School Wellness Policies. Every school district is now required by federal law to develop and implement a Local Wellness Policy by the start of the 2006-2007 school year. A seminar and several education sessions will walk participants through the requirement and highlight best practices and sample guidelines.
  • Healthy Edge: Building Healthy School Meals. This online course will be launched at ANC and satisfies program requirements outlined in USDA's School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children. The course covers preparation of nutritious and appealing meals that satisfy the dietary needs and food preferences of children.
  • School Food Safety. The recently launched Food Safe Schools Action Guide will be highlighted at the conference and several education sessions will address the new federal requirement that schools implement a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system.
  • Global Child Nutrition Forum. Prior to the conference, the Global Child Nutrition Forum (July 14 – 17, 2005) will be held, featuring school feeding experts from 14 countries discussing global child nutrition programs.

The world’s largest gathering of school nutrition professionals also includes over 100 accredited educational breakout sessions on food safety and security, managing finances, program regulations, networking, wellness and nutrition, human resources and leadership. Over 400 exhibitors will display innovative new food and beverage items, equipment and technology, that contribute to healthy school meal programs. Members of the press are welcome to attend.

Contact Erik Peterson for information on scheduling interviews with SNA leaders and for free press registration: 703-739-3900 ext. 124.

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.

Tami Cline Named SNA Industry Member of the Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext 124
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Tami Cline Named SNA Industry Member of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 7, 2005 – Tami Cline, owner and consultant, Cline Consulting, LLC, was named the third recipient of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award.

Cline, who has been involved in child nutrition programs for twenty-two years, was nominated by SNA past president Gertrude Applebaum for the important contributions she has made in all aspects of her career. Her wide range of experiences and leadership roles has had an undeniable impact on the child nutrition industry.  

Cline began her career in child nutrition in 1983 and has served in the public sector with the Massachusetts Department of Education, Boston Public Schools and Brookline Public Schools; the non-profit sector, with the School Nutrition Association and the National Dairy Council; the private sector with Schwan’s Food Service and School-Link Technologies and most recently as the owner and consultant of Cline Consulting. Cline has been an active SNA member her entire career and has held several leadership roles, including:

  • State President, Massachusetts School Nutrition Association (1989)
  • Member and Chair, SNA Nutrition Committee (1989-1990)
  • Member, Child Nutrition Foundation Board (2000-2001)
  • Member and Chair, Marketing Advisory Board (2001-2004)
  • Member, Member Services Committee (2004-2005)
  • Co-Chair, Keys to Excellence Task Force (2002-2003)
  • Chair, A Possible Dream Gala (2004)

She has attended SNA’s Annual National Conference every year since 1985.

Cline is currently completing a doctorate degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional management from Iowa State University in order to better assist her clients and help elevate the professionalism of the child nutrition industry. This past spring she returned to SNA headquarters to assist with planning of the 2005 Legislative Action Conference.

Cline’s career has been devoted to the advancement of child nutrition. In nominating Cline for the award, Applebaum wrote, “To come face to face with Tami Cline is to know a person that is passionate, committed and positive in every endeavor she undertakes.” 

Join SNA members in congratulating Tami when the 2005 Individual Industry Member of the Year Award is presented during SNA’s 59th Annual National Conference in Baltimore on Monday, July 18, 2005. Tami Cline, along with the 2005 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, will also be recognized at the Child Nutrition Foundation’s “A Possible Dream” Gala on Monday, March 13, 2005, at the National Building Museum 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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