April 23, 2014 -- SNA is now collecting information for its School Nutrition Operation Survey. This survey is an important tool SNA uses to represent its members and allows us to stay abreast of market trends, actions and strategic issues. With the many changes occurring, your participation in the survey is very important.
This year's survey can be completed on your computer or it can be printed out and completed by hand. Click on the following link to access the survey and to receive further instructions and information.
2014 Operations Survey
Survey respondents will receive a complimentary electronic copy of the complete report, and be entered in a drawing for a chance to receive one of two free registrations to a SNA conference. Details for the drawing can be found at www.schoolnutrition.org/operations2014drawing.
“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Thomas Jefferson
April 23, 2014 -- You may have seen a lot of recent activity asking you to take action and contact your Members of Congress on behalf of SNA. This is an exciting time for everyone involved in school nutrition! New Meal patterns, Competitive Foods rules, and many more areas of school nutrition are under scrutiny by your government officials. Legislation that will impact your jobs on a daily basis is being formed right now. It is critical that you share your knowledge with your government officials so that the final implemented legislation supports your ability to provide healthy school meals to our nation’s children.
Congress is listening and they care about what you have to say. However, there will always be competing interests and time constraints that impact the attention span of Members and their staff. SNA is working to ensure we create the proper focus and context for your message. This is where Action Alerts come in. You will receive an Action Alert at a time we believe your voice will have optimal impact. It is important that you then follow through to get your message to your representative. We know you are busy, but taking a few moments to send a message helps to secure your future in school nutrition, and the future of the children who depend on school meals.
SNA members are some of the most active and passionate citizens and your advocacy efforts have been noticed. What else can you do? Stay tuned for future Action Alerts, contact your representative to invite them to your school, or visit them at their district offices to keep them informed of your daily successes and challenges. You have the power to make a difference.
To find your elected official, click here. To access a helpful toolkit to help you plan your site visit, click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SNA’s Child Nutrition and Policy Coordinator Nadia Egziabher at firstname.lastname@example.org).
April 22, 2014 -- Recognized as one of America’s great rock ‘n’ roll bands, Huey Lewis and The News will take center stage at the 2014 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston, Mass., when the band performs at the event’s grand finale on Wednesday, July 16.
You don’t want to miss these Grammy Award-winners, when they deliver classic Top 10 hits such as “Power of Love,” “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin,’” just to name a few —the band known for its “heart and soul” will have you singing along and dancing with friends and coworkers.
The good news is that a ticket to the Huey Lewis and The News concert is included in your registration to ANC – so register today! The early-bird deadline – and the discounted conference rate that goes along with it – is just a few weeks away, Friday, May 9. For more information and to register, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.
April 22, 2014 -- As SNA prepares for Child Nutrition Reauthorization in 2015, we are encouraging our members to help promote school nutrition programs to their Members of Congress. One of the simplest ways is to have a Member of Congress visit your cafeterias to truly see the good work SNA members are doing!
As an incentive, TWO randomly selected members will win a trip for two to SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2015 for hosting a cafeteria site visit!
The winners will enjoy free registration, hotel stay, and flights as well as be recognized during the Opening Session. Each time you host a Member of Congress, you may submit an entry and SNA will accept video, news articles, press releases, or photos. Because we know that many SNA members may have already hosted a visit(s), we will accept entries for cafeteria visits that have happened since January 1, 2014. The deadline to enter is November 4, 2014.
You can wrap up your school year with a tour, show off your summer feeding site, or bring them in as you highlight your new fall menus. All Members of Congress love to see what your students are doing so let’s show off our programs and educate them on the importance of school meals!
For more questions, please click here. To submit your entry, contact Nichole Westin, Director of State Legislative Affairs, at email@example.com. Full sweepstakes rules can be located here.
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