By Leah Schmidt, SNS, SNA President 2014-03-27 09:45:41
Déjà Vu? I know the experts remind us that change is a constant, but we have had a huge amount of change in this profession during the past few years, haven’t we? Meal pattern regulations for breakfast and lunch, Smart Snacks, professional standards, wellness.... Whew, it seems like there’s something new every time we turn around, doesn’t it? When writing my column for this month, I happened to come across the April 2003 issue of this magazine and couldn’t believe the similarities between the message penned by then-SNA President Gaye Lynn MacDonald, SNS, and what I wanted to convey today, 11 years later. She referenced the theme for that year’s Plan of Action: “Enriching Lives Through Association.” (How appropriate, as I was serving as president of Missouri SNA at the time!) Her observation that this theme “challenges each one of us to discover diverse, creative connections and then use these to enrich lives and enhance associations” is so much like SNA’s theme this year: “Positive Partnerships for Healthy Results”! Wow—I guess it really is true that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Further proof that that statement is true, at least for me? Alaska, Reauthorization and allied partners—each of these were mentioned in Gaye Lynn’s April 2003 message. Both of us had the pleasure of visiting Alaska, “The Great Land” state, during our presidential year—and in my case, it topped off my bucket list goal to visit all 50 states! (And what a great way to do it—experiencing a fantastic conference organized by Alaska SNA.) In 2003, SNA’s legislative team was busy working toward Child Nutrition Reauthorization, just as we are in 2014. Then and now, we are partnering with our state agencies, industry friends and allied organizations to focus on what regulatory changes are necessary for ensuring that our operations can serve all students. For example, throughout 2013-14, SNA has hosted quarterly Partner Summits in an effort to present our positions on child nutrition issues with and gain support among new friends in industry, education, hunger-relief and other related areas. Of course, some things haven’t changed all that much over the years. Among them, school nutrition operators still coordinate fantastic, fun and creative promotions for National School Lunch and Breakfast Weeks! Check out this issue to learn more about the upcoming themes for SY 2014-15: “Get in the Game With School Lunch” and “Make the Grade With School Breakfast.” They may be some months off, but now is the time to start thinking about how you will celebrate these occasions and how you will use them to share the message with your school community (as well as parents and the media) that school meals give students the nutrition and energy they need to succeed and perform their best—now and a decade from now!
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