Your Strength, Our Success Anew year at SNA has commenced. With SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, at the helm, we have officially launched the Association’s 2012-13 Plan of Work, which builds upon the Strategic Framework developed last winter by your leaders in this organization. Five “pillars” provide the structure for our strategic direction. Let’s turn our focus now to the third pillar: Advocacy. The expectations for the Advocacy Pillar are succinct: “SNA will be recognized as a leader in advocacy, building relationships with strategic partners in order to strengthen and unify our voice on policy issues regarding school nutrition.” From this, four specific outcomes have been identified: ■ Solidify SNA’s position as the voice of child nutrition among the general public, policy makers and the media, about the critical role SNA plays in advancing nutrition, education and lifelong wellness. ■ Foster relationships with policy makers and seek support of SNA’s vision, mission and values among allied groups. ■ Engage all SNA members in advocacy efforts to ensure that the Association speaks with one voice. ■ Ensure SNA is in the forefront of shaping regulation, legislation and policy affecting school nutrition programs. This pillar is built on a very strong foundation; SNA has a long history of success in our grassroots advocacy on Capitol Hill. And as a co-chair of the Child Nutrition Forum, we are considered the leading voice when it comes to protecting and advancing school nutrition programs. In the months to come, we will continue to broaden and strengthen our partnerships with various stakeholder groups. Another priority is to improve the ways we engage all members in our advocacy efforts. For example, we have become more proactive in issuing alerts when the Federal Register publishes requests for comments on related regulations and guidance. We encourage members to participate in a “Take Your Congressman to Lunch” initiative during National School Lunch Week in October. And when the U.S. Department of Agriculture issues an interim or proposed rule regarding nutrition standards for competitive foods— we have a representative task force of leaders already named who will review the specifics and draft our formal comments. A look back at the attendance figures for SNA’s Legislative Action Conference is very telling; each year, we break a new registration record. Active involvement in public policy and advocacy is exceedingly important to the members of this Association, and SNA leaders and its legislative team know the value of your passionate commitment. You are the key to our ongoing success in this area, and we look forward to tapping your strength in our work this year.
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