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  • “A Fresh Start for School Breakfast:” New Menu Planning Resource from SNA and Alliance for a Healthier Generation
    July 16, 2013 – School nutrition professionals now have a new resource to help plan school breakfast menus that meet new meal pattern requirements.
  • “Chopped” Episode Puts the Spotlight on School Nutrition
    September 26, 2012 – Spoiler alert! Did you catch school nutrition professionals on “Chopped” last night? The episode highlighted how school chefs go above and beyond the call of duty by educating students, encouraging healthy lifestyles and making a difference in the community!
  • “The School Food Modernization Act” Aims to Provide Grants for New Kitchen Equipment
    April 9, 2014 - Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Susan Collings (R-MN) introduced legislation that aims to provide grants for new kitchen equipment.
  • 2012 - Legislative Issue Paper
    February 1, 2012 - The School Nutrition Association is proud to announce the 2012 Legislative Issue Paper. The paper, which identifies the Association’s legislative priorities for 2012 can be read here.
  • 2012 LAC Attendees Charged for Change
     March 5, 2012 – “What’s totally different about this Issue Paper—and, in my opinion, courageous on the part of SNA’s Board of Directors and Public Policy and Legislation Committee—is that it presents the issue of resources and funding in a different way than any other.
  • 2012 Legislative Issue Paper
    January 11, 2012 - Each year, SNA develops an action plan which charts the legislative course for the Association. This week during the Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) in Orlando, FL, the Public Policy and Legislation Committee will draft the 2012 Legislative Issue Paper.
  • 2013 ANC Sweepstakes Winners Headed to the Heart of the Nation
    May 14, 2013 – Three lucky SNA members won complimentary registrations to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo.
  • 2013 FAME Award Winners Announced
    November 5, 2012 – Melanie Konarik, MS, SNS, RTSBA, Director of Child Nutrition, Spring Independent School District, Houston, Texas, has been named the 2013 Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year in the annual FAME (Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence) Awards competition. The FAME Awards have been honoring innovative school nutrition professionals and allies for the last 24 years.
  • 2013 LAC Showcases Pragmatic Passion
    March 8, 2013 – Bitter winds gusted across the nation’s capital just days after bitter words were exchanged (again) on Capitol Hill following yet another failure of bipartisan compromise regarding the nation’s debt woes. But at the J.W. Marriott, situated blocks between the Capitol and the White House, a record-breaking number of school nutrition professionals, industry partners and other advocates remained undeterred by either the forecasted snow nor the recent sequester. 
  • 2013 Winston Equipment Grant is Now Open!
    March 18, 2013 – The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and Winston Industries are committed to supporting school foodservice nationwide. Now in its sixth year, the Winston Industries Equipment Award Grant program will award equipment to one (1) school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities through a competitive grant process.
  • 2013-2014 Board of Directors

    Description to go here to come from Janet Chair Scott Swogger President & CEO AccuTemp Products, Inc. Fort Wayne, Indiana Vice Chair Donna Martin, EdS, RD, LD, SNS Director, School Nutrition Programs Burke County, Georgia Treasurer Sandy Ford, SNS Director Manatee County, Florida Board Julia Bauscher, SNS Director of School Community Nutrition Services Jefferson County Public Schools Louisville, Kentucky Mary Begalle, PhD, SNS Sr. Director Channel Business Development Schwan’s Food Service Chaska, Minnesota Ami Childers Senior Education Strategy Manager PepsiCo Foodservice Atlanta, Georgia Constance “Connie” Mueller, MS, RD, SNS Retired Director Bloomington, Illinois Leah Schmidt, SNS Food Service Director Hickman Mills C-1 SD Kansas City, Missouri Marcia Smith, RD, SNS Retired Director Polk County, Florida Danny Seymour* Dean of Education School Nutrition Association National Harbor, Maryland EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Patricia Montague, CAE* Executive Director National Harbor, Maryland Janet Hedrick Director of Development School Nutrition Foundation National Harbor, Maryland 120 Waterfront St., Ste 300 National Harbor, MD 20745 Office: (301) 686-3100 Fax: (301) 686-3115 *Ex-officio

  • 2014 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow Winner Announced
    February 14, 2014 – SNA and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) are pleased to announce that Janet Dunmyer has been selected as the 2014 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow.
  • 2014-15 Annual Membership Campaigns

    Help SNA recruit new members and your reward could be the chance to relax at the spa or attend ANC 2016 in San Antonio, TX.   

  • 4 Out of 5 Moms Believe Healthy Choices at School Should Include Flavored Milk
    May 3, 2012 - A recent Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) release announced the results of a survey of mothers on the availability of flavored milk choices at school.  Conducted by KRC Research, the survey of 1,000 moms found that 80% do not support the removal of chocolate milk from school cafeterias.  Seventy-one percent of participants agreed that chocolate milk is a great way to give kids nutrients they need.
  • 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In!
    Feburary 17, 2012 - Communities across the country are digging in to Farm to Cafeteria programs–in schools, preschools, hospitals, colleges, prisons and other institutions.
  • A Cause for Celebration
    May 31, 2013 – The winter holidays may be six months away, but with School Nutrition’s online 2013-14 promotional calendar at your fingertips, you will find plenty of holidays to celebrate with your students each month.
  • A Message from SNA President Leah Schmidt
    August 9, 2013 – As I begin my year as SNA president, I’d like to tell you how fortunate I feel to be leading the Association, which is fresh from a transformative year under the leadership of Sandra Ford, SNS. Sandy has helped guide me toward the position I now hold, partnering with me to serve the members and advance the mission of SNA.
  • A Second Year of STEPS: Challenges, Competitions, and More
    June 12, 2013 – Are you a fan of the STEPS Challenge, SNA’s personal wellness program? If so, you’re in luck. The program will continue through 2014 and the new monthly challenges begin again in August!
  • A Signed Letter from Michelle Obama Praising the Work of School Nutrition Professionals
    January 27, 2012 - First Lady Michelle Obama expresses gratitude for the tireless efforts school nutrition professionals make to creatively prepare healthful meals for America’s children with tight budgets and limited resources.
  • A Tray Talk Success Story - Ohio Students Ask for More Spinach!

    January 5, 2012 - A Tray Talk Success Story - Ohio Students Ask for More Spinach!

    Sailorway Middle School’s cafeteria in Ohio had been offering fresh fruits or vegetables every day for years, but when Cafeteria Manager Evie Hess realized many of the fourth graders weren’t taking the fresh produce, she knew it was time to mix up the menu!

  • Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House
    April 1, 2013 - Help us in providing healthy school meals each day.  Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor S. 427 or H.R. 1303.
  • Action Alerts: What are They and Why do They Matter to You?
    April 23, 2014 - Legislation that will impact your jobs on a daily basis is being formed right now so it is critical that you share your knowledge with your government officials. Stay tuned for Action Alerts from SNA -- sent to you at the times we believe your voice will have optimal impact.
  • Action for Healthy Kids Grants Due April 19
    March 28, 2013 – Action for Healthy Kids announces grant opportunities for the 2013-14 school year. Around 400 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 with additional in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in the form of people, programs and school breakfast and physical activity expertise.
  • Al Roker, Darius Rucker to Headline ANC 2013
    March 15, 2013 – Have you registered for SNA’s 2013  Annual National Conference (ANC) yet? If not, take advantage of online registration today! Until May 10, you can also take advantage of a special early-bird rate to make your trip to budget-friendly Kansas City, Mo., even more affordable.
  • Allied Organizations List
    The School Nutrition Association works with a wide variety of organizations from the education, nutrition, anti-hunger and foodservice communities.
  • ANC 2012 Countdown! Are You Ready?
    July 9, 2012 – SNA's 2012 Annual National Conference (ANC) in the “Mile High City” starts later this week. Are you one of the thousands of school nutrition professionals ready to immerse themselves in four invigorating days of education and excitement? Before you head out to Denver, here are some additional details to keep in mind.
  • ANC 2012 Denver: Mile High Must Dos
    April 12, 2012 – As SNA shared last week, there are a multitude of reasons why this summer’s 2012 Annual National Conference (ANC), July 15 to 18, is the place to be for professional development… but with a breathtakingly beautiful city at your fingertips, you’re also encouraged to take time to discover some ‘Mile High’ fun while in town.
  • ANC 2012 Presentations Now Available!
    August 8, 2012 – All good things must come to an end and, unfortunately, so did this year’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver. Were you among the 7,000+ school nutrition professionals, industry partners and advocates in attendance? If so, you know that this year’s conference was filled with plenty of fresh and innovative ideas, new and old friends and unmatched learning opportunities—as well as the chance to let loose and have fun in the "Mile High City."
  • ANC 2013 Kicks Off with Al Roker, Award Winners
    July 15, 2013 – The enthusiasm overflowed Sunday, July 14, in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo., as attendees of SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference (ANC) couldn’t contain their jubilation and applause at the start of the Opening General Session.
  • ANC 2013: Early-Bird Registration Expires Friday
    May 6, 2013 – If you’re still thinking about attending the Annual National Conference (ANC) from July 14-17 in Kansas City, Missouri, don’t miss this week’s early-bird deadline!
  • ANC 2014 Online Registration is Now Open!
    February 4, 2014 – Are you ready for a wicked good time in Boston? Well, wait no longer...registration is now open for SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), which will be held July 13-16, 2014, in Boston, Mass. ANC 2014 will bring together the school nutrition community in the historic “Cradle of Liberty” for four days of informative and inspiring sessions, countless exhibits and unmatched networking, and you don’t want to miss out!
  • ANC 2014 Sweepstakes – Last Chance to Enter!
    April 15, 2014 - ANC Boston is around the corner - want to win a complimentary registration to attend?
  • ANC 2014: A Great Value!
    May 19, 2014 - Discover just some of the reasons why attending SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston is such a great value.
  • ANC 2014: Early-Bird Registration Expires Friday
    May 5, 2014 - If you’re still thinking about attending the Annual National Conference (ANC) from July 13-16 in Boston, Mass., don’t miss this week’s early-bird deadline!
  • ANC 2014: Huey Lewis and The News!
    April 22, 2014 - Grammy Award-winners, Huey Lewis and The News take center stage this summer when they perform at ANC’s grand finale. You don’t want to miss it!
  • ANC Denver Not Impacted by the Colorado Wildfires
    June 28, 2012 – SNA has received the following information about the Colorado Wildfires from the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau. They say that “the Denver Metro area is not threatened in any way and our air quality is within normal standards.”
  • ANC Denver: Mile High Must Dos
    April 12, 2012 – As SNA shared last week, there are a multitude of reasons why this summer’s 2012 Annual National Conference (ANC), July 15 to 18, is the place to be for professional development… but with a breathtakingly beautiful city at your disposal, you’re also encouraged to take time to discover some ‘Mile High’ fun while in town.
  • ANC First Timer Scholarship Now Open!
    March 2, 2012 – Did you know that since 2003, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has awarded over $160,000 in scholarships to assist SNA members attending the Annual National Conference (ANC) for the first time? Isn’t about time you took advantage of such scholarships to help further your professional development and advance your career in the school nutrition profession?
  • ANC Regular Rate Deadline Extended to June 29
    June 6, 2012 – Great news...there is still time to register at the Regular Rate for “The School Nutrition Event of the Year”—SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), July 15-18, 2012, in Denver, Colo. So, if you haven’t yet registered for ANC, this is your opportunity to take advantage of the extended Regular Rate registration deadline.
  • ANC Wraps Up with Author Jarrett J. Kroscozka, Performance by Darius Rucker
    July 18, 2013 – The final day of SNA’s Annual National Conference 2013 began with powerful Closing General Session, during which the 2013-2014 SNA Board of Directors – including new President Leah Schmidt – were installed and keynote speaker Jarrett J. Kroscozka presented a fascinating look at the world of School Lunch Superheroes.
  • Announcing Winner of Rachel Ray's Yum-o! Healthy School Lunch Contest
    October 24, 2012 - (NEW YORK) October 16, 2012 – In celebration of October’s National School Lunch Week, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Alliance), the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the Yum-o! organization have announced Donnie Barclift from Oakland Unified School District as the winner of Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! Healthy School Lunch Contest with his recipe for Pozole con Pescado.
  • Annual Fund

    SNF was founded in 1964 to provide financial support to offer education, research and scholarship for members of the School Nutrition Association. 

  • Answer the Call: Submit Your Proposal to Present at ANC 2013
    July 24, 2012 – SNA’s 2012 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver has just recently come to a close and yet it’s already time to start thinking about next year’s conference in Kansas City, Missouri! Mark your calendars now for July 14-17, 2013!
  • Application for Fuel Up to Play 60 Funds Due January 15, 2013
    December 6, 2012—Schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program are eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year to help jumpstart and sustain health, nutrition and physical activity improvements.
  • Applications for Fuel Up to Play 60’s Funding Initiative Due February 1, 2012
    January 3, 2012—Fuel Up to Play 60 is now accepting applications for its nationwide funding initiative for K-12 schools enrolled in the in-school wellness program.
  • Applications for Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grants Due July 26, 2013
    June 19, 2013 – The application period for Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grants from General Mills Foodservice and the National Dairy Council is now open. The grants are designed to help K-12 schools improve their breakfast programs and increase participation.
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  • Are You Connected with SNA?
    March 20, 2012 – Do we have your correct e-mail address? SNA is currently looking to improve our ability to communicate with members on timely school nutrition-related news, trends, legislative updates, upcoming meetings and other essential resources. To do so, we need your help in making sure we have your correct e-mail address in our records.
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