ANC 2014 Pitch YOUR Proposals for ANC 2014 Even though SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) has just wrapped up, it’s already time to look forward to—and begin preparing for—next year’s 68th ANC. Mark your calendars now for July 12-16, 2014, in Boston! It may be difficult to believe, but SNA must begin now to plan the education program that will be offered next summer, and the ANC 2014 program planning committee invites you to share your expertise and experience with the school nutrition community. Each year, education sessions, poster presentations, culinary demonstrations, section meetings and pre-conference workshops focus on a wide variety of school nutrition achievements, initiatives, trends and issues. There are many benefits of presenting at ANC, including pre- and post-event promotion to more than 53,000 SNA members, access to SNA members and vendors, contribution to furthering the education and professional development of school nutrition professionals and much more. To submit your presentation for consideration, complete the “Call for Proposals” (CFP), available online only at www.schoolnutrition.org/cfp. Please note, the CFP form only will be accepted through September 30, 2013. For questions, please contact SNA at (800) 877-8822. GCNF GCNF Transition Following an extended period of discernment and negotiation, the SNA Board of Directors voted unanimously to conclude SNA’s formal affiliation with the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), allowing the Affiliation Agreement to expire on August 3, 2013. Many SNA leaders, members and staff have invested their time and talent to support the work of GCNF since the organization was formally established in 2007. However, the sustainability of GCNF has become of increasing concern to the SNA Board. Extensive discussions between SNA and GCNF leaders regarding options for the Foundation’s future did not produce mutually satisfactory outcomes. While SNA has determined it can no longer provide support to GCNF, the Association’s leaders and staff extend a collective appreciation and admiration for the GCNF team, sincerely wishing them well in their future pursuits on behalf of the world’s children. Advocacy Your Voice Counts! Two SNA members have earned a free trip to the Association’s 2014 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C., as a reward for participating in our country’s democratic process. At SNA’s encouragement last spring, they were among more than 240,000 individuals and organizations who submitted formal comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the then-proposed “Smart Snacking” rule setting nutrition standards for “competitive” foods sold in schools. Barbara Griffiths, SNS, of St. Paul, Minn., and Janet Sklar, SNS, of Bay Shore, N.Y., were randomly selected from all SNA members who submitted comments and shared them with the Association’s legislative team. As the winners of SNA’s participation incentive contest, they each receive airfare, hotel and LAC registration to LAC 2014 for themselves and a companion, as well as VIP tables at the conference to their state affiliate delegation. This will be the first time attending LAC for Griffiths, who—along with Sklar, a previous LAC attendee—was excited to learn she had been selected. “I am looking forward to meeting many new people—legislators, government officials, SNA members and industry partners from around the county—so I can share all the wonderful things [my school district] in Minnesota and other school districts in the nation are doing … to help children succeed,” says Griffiths, the food and nutrition supervisor for Independent School District 96 in Eagan, Minn. “I have spent my entire life helping to feed hungry people and want to see the passage of a fair Farm Bill—one that does not further marginalize the families in our community,” Sklar notes. To learn more about attending LAC 2014 next March, stay tuned for details to be posted on www.schoolnutrition.org. Member Recruitment Recruit Members, Win Big! Even though your school is (or very soon will be) back in session, you might be planning your next vacation. SNA is making a very tempting offer to help you “Go Places”—all you need to do is recruit five or more new members before May 31, 2014, and you’ll be entered to win a grandprize trip to Miami, Fla., or one of seven registrations to SNA’s 2015 Annual National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. As School Nutrition readers already know, SNA offers a plethora of rewarding benefits, so recruitment is an easy sell, particularly at the beginning of the school year when your co-workers are likely raring to find all the resources they can to improve their programs and bring new students into the cafeteria. In this year’s Annual Membership Campaign, “Go Places With SNA Membership,” be sure to emphasize not only your positive experiences as a national member, but also many of the valuable perks that members receive, including a free subscription to this magazine! To make explaining all the benefits even easier, SNA has produced a series of new membership videos that you can share in staff trainings and other meetings. These can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ membershipvideo. Once you’re successful in recruiting a new member, make sure she or he writes your name in the referral section of the membership application form. This will ensure that SNA knows your involvement and puts you closer to being eligible for the prize drawing. For more information about this year’s campaign, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/goplaces. Keys to Excellence Does Your District Measure Up? For nearly 20 years, SNA’s Keys to Excellence: Standards of Practice for Nutrition Integrity has helped school nutrition directors assess their operations against national standards for quality programs and establish a process for continuous program review, evaluation and improvement. Last spring, the Association finished a new revision of the program and the completion of Phase 1 of a multi-pronged update project. The revised online publication features a comprehensive update of the Keys content, with additional key achievements, best practices, standards and indicators, plus a new, robust glossary. Terminology used throughout has been updated and clarified. The consultants also provided an extensive list of online resources that are now grouped within each Key Topic. The four core Key Areas have been modified and renamed. The new Key Areas (which also will be reflected in SNA’s certification, credentialing and meetings programming) are: ■ Operations ■ Nutrition, Nutrition Education and Physical Activity ■ Administration ■ Marketing and Communications There have been numerous changes in the K-12 school nutrition business since the last time Keys was updated. SNA intends to see that standards and indicators are now reviewed yearly and updated as necessary. SNA is now beginning the process of updating the Keys Online Assessment Tool and revisiting the District of Excellence recognition program. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/keys.
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