March 14, 2014 – Grow your district’s summer feeding operation with new tools and resources from SNA!
Whether you’re planning your first-ever summer feeding program, or would like to expand your existing program through increased promotion and marketing, SNA’s summer feeding resources are designed to help you reach your goals.
Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/summer to access downloadable tools like:
Downloaded the updated tools today to make your summer feeding operation a success. For many of your students who rely on school meals, summer can be a time of uncertainty about where and when they’ll have access to healthy food – but your program can help bridge the gap! Check out www.schoolnutrition.org/summer to get started.
March 14, 2014 – The deadline to submit your school nutrition best practices and research abstracts for this year’s School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase, which will take place during SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston, July 14-15, 2014, has been extended. The new deadline date is March 24, 2014. There are two poster categories:
For details about how to submit a poster abstract and the poster abstract review process, please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snshowcase.
For additional information or questions about the School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase, please contact the SNA Service Center.
School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase
ANC 2014 Boston
March 13, 2014 – Interested in reading about the experiences and observations of other school nutrition operators? Be sure to check out The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, SNA’s peer-reviewed research journal published twice a year. The exclusively digital publication features research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs.
One of the articles from the Fall 2013 issue, “Administering School Lunch Participation and Non-Participation Based Surveys to Middle School Students” by Keith Rushing, PhD, RD, takes a look at two surveys developed to assess middle school students’ participation and non-participation in the National School Lunch Program. The surveys were designed to identify why students choose not to eat school lunch, as well as students’ perceptions and satisfaction with their school nutrition program.
To view this article, click here. To read the entire Fall 2013 issue, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm.
“Administering School Lunch Participation and Non-Participation Based Surveys to Middle School Students”
The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
March 11, 2014 – Approximately 900 child nutrition professionals came to Washington for a fantastic 42nd Legislative Action Conference (LAC)!
Pre-Conference SessionIt was a packed room for the LAC Pre-Con focusing on Dream Kitchens. The panelists – Michael Rosenberger, Shelly Copeland, Jon Dickl, Jim Klimt, and Alice Stipe – provided operator and industry perspectives on how to design and rebuild cafeterias, as well as a wide variety of tips, techniques and helpful hints! Attendees also shared their own ideas including co-ops for equipment purchases, how to best utilize your dollars with a limited budget, and other ideas on how to streamline service and food preparation. The collaborative discussion and exchange made this a very successful session and SNA will explore opportunities to provide additional opportunities on this topic in the future.
Breakout SessionsOn Sunday morning, LAC served up a diverse menu of breakout sessions, offering attendees the chance to delve into hot topics like Community Eligibility Provision and regional indexing, while learning from their colleagues’ experience in launching supper programs, managing student food allergies and more. Even if you weren’t able to attend LAC, you don’t have to miss out on what all these sessions had to offer. Session presentations will be posted at www.schoolnutrition.org/LAC. Below is a complete list of LAC 2014 breakout sessions:
Kathleen Parker Provides Unique Insights into DC PoliticsThis year’s Keynote Speaker was Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post. Arriving immediately from her appearances on the Sunday Morning news programs, Parker engaged SNA members with insights on the current state of Congress, the upcoming Presidential election, and thoughts on the situation in the Ukraine. Her comments were met with laughter and applause and provided LAC attendees with a better understanding of the political landscape in Washington, D.C.
General SessionsGeneral Sessions included:
Closing General Session on Competitive Foods A stellar panel of speakers tackled competitive foods and walked attendees through a myriad of perspectives from state agency to industry to school districts on how best to get prepared for the July 1 start date on the implementation of competitive foods in schools. The panel included Dr. Howell Wechsler, Gary Vonck, Chris Kamradt, Katie Millett, Sara Gasiorowski. The panel was moderated by Wendy Weyer and covered tools, available resources, collaborative ideas, industry and operator challenges and new opportunities for compliance and implementation.
SNA PACSNA’s PAC raised $5,960 during LAC. A meet, eat and greet reception was hosted in appreciation of SNA’s Statesmen and Ambassadors immediately prior to SNF Celebration! For those who may have missed the reception, it’s not too late to donate to the SNA PAC. If you have questions or want more info, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/PAC.
Special Events!On Monday, March 3, from 7:00-9:00 pm, attendees celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the School Nutrition Foundation! The evening highlighted five School Nutrition “Heroes” who were recognized by their actions and giving hearts. Tearful and heartfelt congrats were bestowed on the School Nutrition Heroes honored for the many ways they impact children and how they engage with their communities through various selfless acts of kindness both in and outside of the school setting.
On Tuesday, March 4, a standing-room-only reception was held in the Rayburn Cafeteria for House and Senate members, Congressional staff and LAC attendees. Following a long day of “Charging the Hill,” the LAC attendees were able to continue their Hill discussions in a much more relaxed atmosphere. Topping off the evening were comments made to the crowd by Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL).
Kicking off the Hill reception with remarks from Congressman Rodney Davis! Supports our programs and increasing flexibilities in operations. "Let's require state dinners at the White House to meet school nutrition standards!"
Senator Boozman addresses the reception and thanks everyone for the work they do every school day 'Never underestimate the power of meeting with Congress to share your stories, said Sen. Boozman.
Social Media Engagement@SchoolLunch tweeted on Tuesday to Senate Members on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, as well as House Members on the House Committee on Education & the Workforce Committee – the Subcommittee on Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, as well as the House Committee on Agriculture Appropriations. As a result a handful of Members of Congress reached out with great pictures of meetings in their offices! Check out our storify for a Twitter recap and some great pics of members on the Hill!
Make plans to join us next year! Pencil in March 1-4, 2015 for next year’s LAC!
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