Allied Organizations SNA Shows Support for No Kid Hungry In acknowledgement that childhood hunger remains as much of a crisis as childhood obesity, SNA’s Board of Directors signed Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Statement of Support earlier this year. The No Kid Hungry campaign aims to eliminate childhood hunger across the United States through a variety of tactics, including providing access to effective nutrition programs, educating low-income families about healthy meals and increasing awareness of the problem of hunger. In its statement of support, SNA affirms, “No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.” SNA joins other organizations—among them the American Association of School Administrators, the National Education Association and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development—as allies in pledging a commitment to eliminating childhood hunger in America. “The SNA Board of Directors is always looking for partners who have a shared mission,” says SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS. “Share Our Strength allows us to champion against hunger with others. We are all about feeding children, many of whom are very hungry.” This initiative is just the latest in a growing partnership between the two advocacy organizations— Share Our Strength is a key member in the coalition for Chefs Move to School campaign, which is committed to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. The hunger-relief advocate also played a significant role in SNA’s 2013 Legislative Action Conference in March. To learn more about the scope of hunger and poverty in America today, check out School Nutrition’s February 2012 issue. For more about the No Kid Hungry campaign, visit www.nokidhungry.org. School Nutrition Employee Week All Hail the School Lunch Superheroes! It’s not easy to meet stringent nutrition standards while still satisfying a child’s appetite—and juggling all the other complex requirements of K-12 school nutrition. In fact, it’s downright heroic! While cafeteria crusaders deserve to be celebrated every day, School Nutrition Employee Week (SNEW)—May 6-10, 2013—offers you a special opportunity to recognize the efforts of your staff and coworkers and highlight the veritable superheroes that are our nation’s school nutrition employees. This year, SNA has partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series of graphic novels aimed at elementary students (see page 95), and with publishing giant Random House to kick off SNEW with a very special promotional event: School Lunch Superhero Day on May 3. The initiative aims to showcase the many ways that school nutrition professionals make a difference to each and every child who comes through the cafeteria. How can you participate? Start by calling on all students and parents and asking them to share their own tributes to the school nutrition professionals in their communities. They might complete special “Lunch Lady” notecards or “School Lunch Superhero” certificates downloaded from the School Lunch Superhero Day website. Additional tactics to celebrate school lunch superheroes could include decorating aprons or chef hats, scheduling a Lunch Lady book reading, recognizing your cafeteria team members during morning announcements, writing class letters to a beloved school lunch superhero, creating a bulletin board to show student appreciation or having the principal or teachers take over serving lunch one day. Directors and school administrators also can take an extra step during SNEW and reward staff members who aren’t currently part of SNA with the gift of an annual membership. After all, membership in SNA is the ultimate way to thank those school nutrition superheroes in your program! For more information or tools about SNEW, visit the website at www.schoolnutrition.org/SNEW, where you can also find a special video message from Jarrett Krosoczka and a link to the School Lunch Superhero Day website. ANC 2013 Be an Early Bird, Register Now for ANC! Mere months remain until SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), scheduled for July 14-17 in Kansas City, Mo., and the early-bird registration deadline of May 10 will be here before you know it! This is one conference you really don’t want to miss—with nearly 90 informative education sessions, a half-dozen engaging pre-conference sessions and a whole bunch of networking, training and development opportunities, ANC 2013 is sure to be one of the most personally and professionally enriching activities of the year! We shouldn’t name-drop, but there are some exciting celebrities scheduled to appear at this year’s ANC. Perhaps you’ve heard of Keynote speaker and “Today” show co-host Al Roker? Or Lisa Ling, a journalist you might have seen multiple times on “Oprah” or when she co-hosted “The View”? Plus famed country singer Darius Rucker, who formerly fronted the pop band Hootie and the Blowfish? That’s right, they will all be headlining events at ANC this year, along with children’s book author Jarrett J. Krosoczka (see pages 58 and 95). To get the best value for your money, don’t miss registering by the early-bird deadline: May 10. You can find registration details online at www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC or in the special insert in the March issue of School Nutrition. Kansas City, the heart of America, is home to toe-tapping jazz clubs, mouthwatering barbecue restaurants—and, in July, it’s the place for ANC 2013, where school nutrition professionals will learn, be inspired and grow. SNF Equipment Grant Available You know more than anyone how valuable updated equipment is to meeting the challenges of serving school meals that comply with new nutrition standards. The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and Winston Industries want to help. Now in its sixth year, the Winston Industries Equipment Award Grant program will award 10 pieces of equipment to one school district in need of improving its school kitchen facilities. Equipment includes holding cabinets, holding drawers and thermalizers. The award is made through a competitive grant process. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. To learn more details, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/scholarships or contact SNF at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 686-3100, ext. 133. STEPS Challenge SNA Members Leap Into STEPS One small step by SNA members leads to one giant leap for healthier communities everywhere! Each month, the STEPS Challenge calls on participants to make small changes to improve their health, and in return, they’re entered to win healthy, fun prizes. Best yet, they serve as positive role models to their student customers and others. The December challenge, Manage Holiday Stress, was a particular favorite among STEPS Challenge members. Participants awarded themselves points for taking a time-out to relax and de-stress, and five lucky members won Bath & Body Works aromatherapy gift sets. In January, STEPS Challenge participants kicked off 2013 by participating in the Make Time for Fitness challenge. Members earned points for hitting the gym or exercising at home— including bonus points for trying a brand-new exercise! Five participants won The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook. In February, members made the switch to whole grains for a chance to win a pedometer and a copy of Ali Vincent’s book, Believe It, Be It, while March honored National School Breakfast Week as STEPS participants collected points when they started each day with a healthy breakfast. Five prize winners won a one-year subscription to Cooking Light magazine. What’s next for the STEPS Challenge? There are two more monthly challenges. This month, April, make the switch to leaner protein options, such as chicken, turkey, fish or tofu. Then, in May, STEPS participants will be called on to minimize “screen time” by swapping out TV, tablet or computer time with a healthier activity, such as walking. This year’s monthly challenges end in May, but Year Two of the STEPS Challenge launches at ANC 2013. Learn more about the STEPS initiative at www.schoolnutrition.org/ STEPS. SNA Meetings & Events APRIL 1-30, 2013 Global Child Nutrition Month APRIL 18-20, 2013 National Leadership Conference Savannah, Ga. MAY 3, 2013 School Lunch Superhero Day MAY 6-10, 2013 School Nutrition Employee Week MAY 15-16, 2013 Industry Boot Camp National Harbor, Md. JULY 14-17, 2013 Annual National Conference Kansas City, Mo. OCTOBER 14-18, 2013 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 12-14, 2014 Child Nutrition Industry Conference Miami, Fla. MARCH 2-5, 2014 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 3-7, 2014 National School Breakfast Week Member Recruitment Making the Case for Membership With the introduction of SNA’s Membership Toolbox, it’s never been easier for SNA state affiliates and local chapters to promote and grow membership. With this innovative resource developed by SNA’s Member Services Committee and SNA Headquarters staff, you can get resources you need to display, present and distribute at your next state or chapter event delivered on a simple computer flash drive. This electronic toolbox includes two PowerPoint presentations outlining the benefits of belonging to SNA and membership recruitment and retention ideas; a video with firsthand testimonials about the benefits of School District-Owned Membership; an upbeat, fun song detailing the various rewards of individual membership; and a brochure template that allows you to easily add state images and relevant contact information. Additionally, you will receive flyers about various SNA programs and events, as well as information about the STEPS Challenge, the personal wellness program designed specifically for SNA members. Plus, along with the flash drive, the Toolbox includes a table-top banner and how-to checklist to help you create a membership booth/table display at your next event. Need more information on innovative ways to use these resources and other recruitment tools (including two new brochures)? SNA’s Member Services Committee will present an education session, “The Membership Toolbox,” this summer at the Annual National Conference in Kansas City. For questions about obtaining these and other helpful recruitment resources, contact SNA Marketing Specialist Emily Mannel via e-mail at email@example.com. Education & Development SNA Hosts Education Summit In February, representatives from SNA, the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) came together for a first-of-its-kind Education Summit, which was hosted by SNA at its Headquarters in National Harbor, Md. Together, the three organizations looked to identify specific strategies for productive collaboration toward development and training initiatives for school nutrition professionals at all levels. The meeting marked the beginning of what promises to be an ongoing process of building upon each organization’s unique strengths, competencies and focus areas in an effort to deliver the most efficient and effective training possible. Among the 20 attendees at the Summit were SNA Past Presidents Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, USDA deputy under secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS, NFSMI executive director. SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, and the rest of SNA’s Executive Team also participated. “By coming together, we can use our collective expertise and resources to improve school meal programs nationwide and strengthen the health and well-being of our nation’s children. Together, we will also be better positioned to address and navigate the challenges of today’s school nutrition profession,” noted Ford, voicing the enthusiasm felt by all during the event. Initial action items and next steps were set. These included the establishment of a partnership Steering Committee to oversee the collaborative effort going forward and identification of priority areas for collaboration, each aimed at improving professional development and training awareness, quality and access. The group hopes that its work together will lead to a dynamic synergy, reduced duplication of efforts and materials and a stronger reliance on the individual capabilities and strengths of each partner.
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