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SNA Joins the National Restaurant Association and McCormick for Chefs on Kids Recipe Contest

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November 15, 2012 - Last month, the National Restaurant Association and McCormick for Chefs launched its Kids Recipe Challenge, a competition to showcase the restaurant and foodservice industry’s culinary ingenuity for creating healthful menu items for children.  SNA is supporting this exciting new program and encouraging members to submit school meal recipes for consideration.

The contest is designed to recognize the best recipes used on children's menus at restaurants and other foodservice establishments around the country.  The collaboration highlights how organizations can work together to ensure young people have ready access to healthy, nutritious food throughout their communities.

Restaurant and foodservice operators interested in participating in the Kids Recipe Challenge can submit one or more recipes from their children's menus that meet the nutrition guidelines of the NRA's Kids LiveWellSM initiative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate program.  Participants can compete in four categories: independent restaurants or companies with fewer than 20 units; multi-unit company with more than 20 units; contract-managed foodservice; and independent noncommercial foodservice (including school foodservice).  A panel of industry professionals will select the contest's finalists and elementary school students will choose the winners. The deadline for recipe submissions is Jan. 7, 2013. For details on submitting recipes, visit

Winners of the contest will be flown to will be revealed at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 18-21 in Chicago.

The Kids Recipe Challenge is a complement to Kids LiveWell, which the NRA launched in July 2011 in collaboration with Healthy Dining to help parents and children find healthful menu options when dining out. To date, more than 100 brands representing nearly 30,000 restaurants are participating in Kids LiveWell.

One Voice for School Nutrition: SNA’s Annual Membership Campaign

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November 14, 2012 – The adage that reminds us that “there is strength in numbers,” certainly holds true for SNA. When it comes to your national Association, a larger membership leads to greater influence on Capitol Hill, in the media and within individual school communities. But that strength depends on you—not only your own membership, but your recruitment efforts, as well.

While you know well all the benefits of your national membership, SNA has sweetened the pot, so to speak, in appealing to current members to help increase membership ranks. Your Association needs your help to remain strong as the voice of school nutrition. When you recruit five or more new SNA members (between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013), you automatically will be entered into a drawing to win some terrific prizes. These include a grand prize trip for two to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands or one of seven free registrations to SNA’s 2014 Annual National Conference in Boston! The more members you recruit in the One Voice for School Nutrition 2012-13 Annual Membership Campaign, the more chances you have to win.

As a member of the Association, you are SNA’s #1 ambassador! Your ability to spread positive word of mouth is invaluable, and oftentimes it is the most powerful motivator. And SNA’s great members-only benefits should make it even easier for you to get your colleagues—at all levels, from employees to directors—interested in joining.

In addition to the chance to win exciting prizes, recruitment will give you a sense of pride in promoting your own professionalism as a member in the only national association dedicated solely to professional growth in school nutrition.

For additional information on how you can help get the word out, or to view the complete prize drawing rules, visit

CNIC 2013 Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching

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November 14, 2012 – With tight budgets and new nutrition standards, school nutrition professionals face significant challenges. Everyone has to do MORE...with less, and that’s just one reason that continued professional development is more important than ever. SNA’s upcoming 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) in San Antonio will provide the career educational and networking opportunities you need for success. Plus, when you register by the Early Bird registration deadline, November 26, you will save $50 off the regular registration fees. Talk about getting the most out of your education dollar!

This annual event will be held January 13-15, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio and its theme, “Where Partners Create Possibilities,” will focus on the importance of collaboration. You’ll gain new information and ideas from inspiring keynote speakers and presentations from experts on topics including the latest data on the operational impact of the new meal patterns to how the outcome of the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections may affect your operation or business.

One of the highlights of the conference each year, and sure to be a hit at CNIC 2013, is the Innovation Station sessions. This unique learning experience will give you the chance to team up with your peers and preview the latest and most innovative food, beverage, service, supply and equipment offerings on the market today. Innovation Stations also allow industry representatives interested in meeting key decision-makers like you the opportunity to discuss your requirements and obtain your valuable feedback.

With so many takeaways from CNIC, it shouldn’t be hard convincing your supervisor why it’s so important to attend. However, if you need a little help demonstrating the importance; SNA has created a letter template highlighting how your professional development at CNIC is a smart investment for your school nutrition program.

So, don’t delay...register by November 26 and join us in San Antonio for CNIC 2013!

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