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.
School Nutrition – May 2013
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.
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, MarylandMidwest Region: Nancy Heinicke, NebraskaNortheast Region: Denise Nedeau, New Hampshire Southeast Region: Debra Petty, GeorgiaSouthwest Region: Atonia Isenhower, OklahomaWest 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, WashingtonSoutheast Region: Susan Johnson, TennesseeSouthwest Region: Tammie Rempe, ColoradoWest 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!
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 www.kcata.org.
For more information about ANC 2013, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC.
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