LAC 2016 Speak up for School Nutrition! How will the 2016 presidential and congressional elections affect your school nutrition operation? SNA’s 44th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is only a few months away, and it’s the perfect occasion to learn more about how policies established in Washington impact the school meals you serve—as well as understand the role you can play in helping to shape those policies. In fact, during LAC, you have the opportunity to meet with federal lawmakers to share your stories. The conference will take place February 28-March 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C., in the capital’s newest and largest hotel: the Marriott Marquis. This modern, beautifully appointed, four-star hotel will be a brand-new setting for LAC veterans, but still centrally located for access to hot restaurants, area attractions and your most important conference destination: Capitol Hill! LAC attendees also will enjoy a new, streamlined conference agenda, featuring keynote speaker Amy Walter, one of the nation’s top political forecasters, as well as a special performance by the highly touted satirical group, the Capitol Steps! We’ve left plenty of time for you to make your annual “Charge to the Hill,” ensuring that your voice is heard in the halls of Congress. Plus, you won’t want to miss the School Nutrition Foundation’s third annual celebration and recognition of School Nutrition Heroes, taking place Monday evening, February 29, 2016. The early bird registration deadline for LAC 2016 is January 20, 2016. To learn more about the conference, invited speakers and hotel accommodations, visit www. schoolnutrition.org/LAC2016. SNF Celebration Heroes Sparkle & Shine Are you planning to attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.? Be sure you reserve a spot in your busy schedule for the School Nutrition Foundation’s Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. On Monday, February 29, 2016, hundreds of school nutrition professionals will gather to honor five extraordinary school nutrition professionals going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. This year’s festivities will include plated dinner service and feature several inspiring stories. Mark your calendar now to honor the best and the brightest in school nutrition, while also supporting the Foundation’s efforts to provide scholarships that will allow SNA members to pursue professional development and formal educational goals. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snheroescelebration to learn more and to secure a ticket for an evening to remember. At press time, the 2016 class of School Nutrition Heroes was expected to be revealed early this month. Publications Research Matters Perhaps you want to try something new in your school nutrition program. After all, it seems like a great idea, and you know other school nutrition peers who have successfully put a similar initiative into action. However, before you tap your supervisor for permission and support to implement your big idea, be sure you know the many facets that will be affected by that decision. More than likely, this means doing a little research to obtain the facts you need to support your goals and intentions. SNA’s The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCN&M) is the exclusive source for research findings in this profession, and it features a variety of studies in the following four categories: Commentary, Current Issues, Research in Action and Practical Solutions. Published twice a year, this peer-reviewed research journal is available free of charge, online only, at www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. The Fall 2015 issue of JCN&M is now available. It features 10+ articles that report the results of studies exploring a wide range of school nutrition topics, including: • middle school cafeteria food choice and waste prior to the implementation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requirements; • milk and yogurt selection in an urban universal school breakfast program; • associations between the format and placement of school salad bars and other fruit and vegetable selections; and • comparisons between a mushroom-soy-beef burger and an all-beef burger served in school cafeterias. The issue also features a summary of research initiatives from the Institute of Child Nutrition (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute) and abstracts from the 2015 School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase held at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Salt Lake City. For more information on the current issue, as well as contributor guidelines and archives, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. SNA Emporium SN Swag According to the dictionary, an “emporium” is a large retail store selling a wide variety of goods. Aptly named, SNA’s Emporium is your one-stop shop for a plethora of great school nutrition merchandise—aka SN swag! And whether you’re looking to show off your professional pride (think swag-ger!), or you would like something special to add to an event or a present for a special visitor to your school cafeteria—the online SNA Emporium is the place to go for the perfect items. Visit emporium.schoolnutrition.org for the largest array of school nutrition-related merchandise on the market. You’ll find T-shirts, aprons and socks; bags, balloons and (teddy) bears; pins, pens and posters—and much more! Plus, throughout December you’ll enjoy special closeout prices on select items. National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11, 2016) will be here before you know it. Make a point to take a look at the “Wake Up to School Breakfast” themed items designed to help you and your cafeteria team get into the spirit. Get your SN swag on! Navigate to emporium.schoolnutrition.org to take advantage of the great deals. SNA Membership SDM: Membership Made Easy Did you know that SNA offers a valuable membership option called School District-Owned Membership, or SDM for short? SDM is an alternative to standard individual memberships, as it is owned by a school district (or a state agency) in the name of an individual and is transferable to another employee if the original assignee leaves or retires. School nutrition directors are encouraged to take a look at the many benefits of this option. The goal of the SDM is to make it easier for your school district to pay for and centrally manage memberships, while allowing your entire school nutrition team to enjoy the many benefits of SNA membership without interruption. Specific advantages of SDM include the ability to: • transfer memberships; • align all of your district’s memberships to expire the same month; • receive a single group invoice for your memberships; and • allow a designated main contact to log into her/his online SNA account and view the entire SDM roster. As an incentive, SNA is currently offering a number of free memberships for districts new to the SDM option. For every five new employee members, you will receive one new free employee membership. And for every five new managers, you will receive one new free manager membership. SDM makes it easy to keep track of your school district’s memberships and ensure that no one on your team misses a minute of the resources and benefits you count on from SNA, including School Nutrition ! For more information about SDM or to get started, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/sdm or contact SNA at firstname.lastname@example.org. SNA Meetings & Events JANUARY 17-19, 2016 School Nutrition Industry Conference San Diego FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1, 2016 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 7-11, 2016 National School Breakfast Week APRIL 21-23, 2016 National Leadership Conference Minneapolis MAY 6, 2016 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 10-13, 2016 Annual National Conference San Antonio, Texas OCTOBER 10-14, 2016 National School Lunch Week
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