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School Nutrition Explores Managing Transitions

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May 7, 2013 – Change is never easy, including in school nutrition. The May issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, explores how directors across the country have managed transitions and how they are looking forward while demonstrating that attitude is the real key to success. The issue also takes a look back at the highlights from March’s Legislative Action Conference, as well as at some whole-grain gains being enjoyed in both large and small districts as operators and industry work to add whole grains to recipes and products while still garnering kid acceptance.

For most school districts, even those ahead of the curve, implementation of the new federal meal pattern for school lunch was a difficult transition. Despite some enormous challenges, school nutrition operators are looking forward with enthusiasm. “Never a Dull Moment” profiles some directors who are successfully managing change and reveals their accomplishments and advice.

Bitter winds gusted across the nation’s capital just days after bitter words were exchanged on Capitol Hill following yet another failure of bipartisan compromise regarding the nation’s debt woes. However, neither snow nor sequester could slow the momentum of school nutrition professionals advocating for practical changes to school meal regulations at SNA’s 41st Legislative Action Conference. Take a look at the highlights of this March event in “Our Work Continues.”

Operators and industry make strides in adding whole grains to recipes and products without sacrificing kid appeal. Check out “Winning the Whole-Grain Campaign” for some of the whole-grain gains being enjoyed in both large and small districts. Bonus Web Content: Some of the operators interviewed for this article offer their recipes for such student favorites as Squash Macaroni and Cheese and whole-wheat dinner rolls.

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SNA’s Regional and National Award Winners Announced!

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May 7, 2013 – School Nutrition Employee Week is all about recognizing the outstanding work of our school lunch superheroes. During this special week, SNA is honored to announce the Regional and National Winners for the following SNA awards.

  • The Louise Sublette Award of Excellence in School Nutrition is given to school nutrition managers and child care managers who have taken a special idea, developed it into a goal and used that goal to help the school’s nutrition program grow.
  • The Heart of the Program Award recognizes exemplary non-management school nutrition staff.
  • The Outstanding Director of the Year Award showcases phenomenal school nutrition directors at the district level.

Please join us in congratulating all of our amazing award winners!

The Regional Winners include:

Louise Sublette Award of Leadership Excellence in School Nutrition

Mideast Region: Beth Freeman, Maryland
Midwest Region: Nancy Heinicke, Nebraska
Northeast Region: Denise Nedeau, New Hampshire
Southeast Region: Debra Petty, Georgia
Southwest Region: Atonia Isenhower, Oklahoma
West Region: Pam Johnson, Utah

Heart of the Program Award

Midwest Region: Dawn Lehmann, Missouri
Northeast Region: Rhonda Caron, New Hampshire
Southeast Region: Patricia Morris, Tennessee
Southwest Region: Deborah Willhite, Kansas
West Region: Toni Chaffee, California

Outstanding Director of the Year Award

Mideast Region: Lorrayne Corley, West Virginia
Midwest Region: Roxanne Williams, SNS, Minnesota
Northeast Region: Jeanne Reilly, SNS, Maine
Northwest Region: Charlotte Cook, Washington
Southeast Region: Susan Johnson, Tennessee
Southwest Region: Tammie Rempe, Colorado
West Region: Angela Haney, SNS, New Mexico

The national winner of the Louise Sublette Award of Leadership Excellence in School Nutrition will be announced at SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC).

The national winner of the Heart of the Program award is Dawn Lehmann.

The national winner of the Outstanding Director of the Year award is Angela Haney, SNS.

All winners will be recognized at ANC 2013 during the Awards Ceremony on July 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, in the Music Hall at Kansas City Convention Center.

Congratulations again to all winners!

ANC 2013: Early-Bird Registration Expires Friday

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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!

This Friday, May 10, marks the end of early bird registration, which offers comes with a discounted rate. After Friday, registration rates increase to the regular rate through May 31. Then, beginning June 1, all registrations must be done onsite in Kansas City.

Don’t forget: Multiple members registering from the same school district get a discount! Gather a group of coworkers and travel together for the top school nutrition event of the year.

Once you arrive in Kansas City, hop on the SNA-sponsored airport shuttle, which will take you to your hotel. The shuttle is less expensive than other forms of public transportation and exclusively for SNA members. Make your reservation online today! Return trips are available from the Kansas City Convention Center on Wednesday, July 17, and from all ANC hotels on Thursday, July 18. During conference days, SNA has also arranged for shuttle service from the Sheraton and Westin hotels to the Convention Center. Plus, Kansas City has its own convenient public bus system. Ride in style on the MAX (Metro Area Express) for just $1.50 each way or $3 for a day pass. Learn more at

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