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Lisa Ling Inspires, Captivates at ANC 2013

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July 17, 2013 – Yesterday, broadcast journalist Lisa Ling received a standing ovation from the audience at the second General Session at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., after a riveting speech focusing on thinking about the consequences of actions, as well as taking the time to get to know the story of the people around you. 

Ling, who said her career was influenced by other broadcast journalists such as Connie Chung, offered a number of anecdotes about children, including boys armed with machine guns in Afghanistan. It was experiences like these that evolved her career goal from “a desire to be on TV to have a better life to wanting to tell these stories,” she said.

Although Ling’s talk mostly focused on her adventures as an international journalist, she touched on the importance of the work of SNA members. “I truly applaud all of you for being here and taking the health of our children so seriously.” During a question-and-answer segment, Ling also admitted that her favorite school lunch foods growing up were the least-healthy options, such as sloppy Joes. “It just goes to show how things have changed enormously,” she added.

As for Oprah, with whom Ling works closely, as she show appears on the Oprah Winfrey Network, “Oprah is cool,” Ling said, getting the question out the way early in the speech. “Oprah said to me once, because you have the welfare of so many kids in your hands, ‘Now that you know, you can't pretend that you don't,” she said.

But it wasn’t just Ling who gripped the SNA membership -- Janey Thorton, USDA FNS deputy under secretary, provided a USDA update, during which she both acknowledged the challenges of the evolving regulations and praised school foodservice professionals. “Thank to your hard work … our reputation has changed, not just nationally, but internationally,” Thornton said. She cited that as of the end of April, three-quarters of school districts had applied for 6 Cent Certification, while 50 percent were certified. She gave a special call-out to Colorado, which achieved 100 percent certification.

ANC wraps up today, Wednesday, July 17, with the Closing General Session, featuring keynote speaker Jarrett J. Krosoczka, the installation of the 2013-14 SNA president and board of directors and the final event, featuring country-rock singer Darius Rucker.

Can’t get enough ANC excitement? Join SNA on Facebook and @SchoolLunch on Twitter to be part of the conference buzz—or simply add hashtag #ANC13 to your tweets and be part of the conference Twitter stream.

Temporary Closing – SNA Headquarters Office

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There is currently a major water main break in Prince Georges County where the SNA Headquarters office is located. The repairs are underway but are affecting hundreds of thousands of residents, in addition to hotels, restaurants, hospitals and offices.

Unfortunately, the county estimates it may take as long as four days to complete the repairs. During this time, the SNA office will be closed because the water supply has been shut down.

We will post an announcement as soon as the office reopens. Many SNA staff are still at ANC in Kansas City but you can reach them and other staff at their SNA email address. You can also leave a message on the main telephone number, 800-877-8822, and staff will return your call when the office reopens.

Thank you.

“A Fresh Start for School Breakfast:” New Menu Planning Resource from SNA and Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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July 16, 2013 – School nutrition professionals now have a new resource to help plan school breakfast menus that meet new meal pattern requirements. SNA and Alliance for a Healthier Generation have teamed up to create “A Fresh Start for School Breakfast,” a menu planning guide featuring suggested two-week cycle menus for breakfast in the classroom, grab and go, and traditional cafeteria breakfast programs. Nutrient analysis for all menus is included.

The new meal pattern requirements for school breakfast are being phased in over the course of two school years. These menus meet the upcoming school year goals (phase-in year 1) in addition to the 2014-15 school year goals. Schools must follow a food-based menu planning approach, meet calorie ranges, eliminate trans-fat and ensure half of all grains offered with breakfast are whole grain rich. “A Fresh Start for School Breakfast” helps ease the transition for school menu planners by providing student-friendly menu ideas that can fit into any style of breakfast operation.

On Tuesday, July 16, at 8:45 am, representatives from SNA and the Alliance presented the new menus and answered questions during an education session featuring the new guide at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo. Click here to download this new resource.


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