VIRTUAL EXPO CALLING ALL SN PROS TO SNA’s NEW VIRTUAL EXPO Have you wished you could attend the hottest new school nutrition conference, but simply can’t afford or get approval to be out of the office? With SNA’s new Virtual Expo, now you can! This unique online experience launches on January 31, 2017, and will run until April 30, 2017. The Expo is free for SNA members and offers you the opportunity to research new products and services, expand your professional development and network with other school nutrition operators—all from the comfort of your home or office. The first three days of the Expo, January 31-February 2, 2017, are “live days,” during which exhibitors will be available to answer your questions in real time through the live chat feature. SNA’s Virtual Expo offers so much to see and do that once you register, you’ll have access to the conference content 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This will allow you plenty of time to explore the Expo at your own pace, so you don’t miss a single highlight of this one-of-a-kind virtual experience: • Virtual Exhibit Hall: Explore products and services from up to 50 exhibitors. • Networking Lounge: Meet and chat with other attendees. • Learning Center: Earn CEUs/training hours with on-demand education sessions. • Briefcase Feature: Save information (helpful documents, videos, web links, etc.) from the Expo for future reference. • Incentives: One attendee per month (February, March, April) will be randomly selected to win a free registration to ANC 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia! Registration for the Virtual Expo begins November 15. Check SchoolNutrition.org for details. SNA PLANNER JAN. 22-24, 2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference Orlando, Fla. MAR. 6-10, 2017 National School Breakfast Week APR. 2-4, 2017 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MAY 4-6, 2017 National Leadership Conference Baltimore, Md. MAY 5, 2017 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 9-12, 2017 Annual National Conference Atlanta, Ga. OCT. 9-13, 2017 National School Lunch Week OPERATIONS Join the SCrAP Project to Limit Food Waste Did you know that roughly 40% of the food produced in America is thrown away? Food is your business—and you can help to address the food waste problem by participating in the newly launched School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP). Developed by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation, and in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation, SCrAP aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias. The project offers three easy ways to participate, ranging from completing a questionnaire about waste management practices to measuring waste. It’s a great opportunity to involve environmental teams, science clubs, student governments, PTA/PTOs and other school groups. To learn more about the SCrAP program or sign up to participate at the level that best suits your availability and interest, visit https://erefdn.org/school-cafeteria-waste. Participants will receive waste-related educational materials for your classroom, customized snapshot results for your school (Blue and Gold level) and the chance to win funds to support your school. RESEARCH SN OPERATIONS EXAMINED IN NEW REPORT Has your school board asked how your lunch prices compare to other districts? Are you trying to make the case for adding a salad bar to your elementary cafeteria? Has a reporter inquired about national trends in banning foods containing certain allergens? Need support for breakfast-after-the-bell legislation in your state? These are just a handful of ways that you can put new research from SNA to work for you. This fall, SNA issued its biennial report examining trends and changes in school nutrition operations. Topic areas covered in School Nutrition Operations Report: The State of School Nutrition 2016 include program participation, food and beverage trends, service models, meal prices, unpaid meal charges, payment systems, equipment and construction and purchasing. The findings are based on responses from nearly 1,000 school nutrition directors nationwide. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free to SNA members and the full report may be purchased on SNA’s Bookstore. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Publications/Bookstore for the details. NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK How Did Your School Lunch Spirit Shine? NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK took place last month (October 10-14, 2016) and we were thrilled to monitor social media and witness the creative ways cafeteria teams across the country made this year’s theme, “Show Your Spirit,” come to life. Many of you shared pictures and details using the hashtag #NSLW16 to bring more awareness to this national weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. But we want to hear from everyone! How did your school lunch spirit shine? Please send SN your high-resolution photos and brief recaps via firstname.lastname@example.org. You just may see your celebrations featured in the NSLW 2016 photo essay in an upcoming issue of School Nutrition. steps challenge • personal wellness program from SNA • PERSONAL WELLNESS Put the Happy in Happy Holidays! For many, the winter holidays—beginning with Thanksgiving and ending after the new year—can be a long, stressful few months. So, how can you put the “happy” back in “Happy Holidays”? That’s where SNA’s STEPS Challenge comes in, as December’s mission tasks you to destress your holidays. And who couldn’t use a little less stress!? You’ll earn five points for every occasion where you take a little “me” time. Start thinking about ways that you can enjoy personal relaxation. Ideas include reading a book, creating a holiday playlist, meditating, going for a walk…whatever works for you to relax and recharge while navigating the highs and lows of the hectic time of year. Make it a very merry holiday season! The STEPS Challenge is SNA’s personal wellness program, made available with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS for tools and tips to get started. RESOURCES Putting the Procurement Pieces Together Few would argue that K-12 school foodservice procurement is one of the most complicated aspects of administering the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and other school-based nutrition programs. School nutrition operators and industry alike have expressed frustration and concern about the lack of knowledge and proficiency—by all parties—with the processes that are involved. It is immensely complicated to get the right product at the right time in the right amount to the child’s plate. To better understand and quantify the current state of procurement, SNA convened a Task Force in Fall 2015 to explore the issue. The outcome of the group’s meetings is Solving the Procurement Puzzle: Managing the Complexities of Doing Business in K-12 School Foodservice. This 40+-page white paper report documents the state of procurement, identifies potential strategies to address education and compliance and encourages the implementation of best practices. The report is a must-read for school nutrition directors, district business officials and procurement officers, manufacturers, distributors and state agency personnel. It is available as a free, downloadable PDF on SchoolNutrition.org. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/procurementreport to access. LAC 2017 LOOK OUT FOR LAC...IN APRIL! The national elections are over, and we have a new president and a new Congress taking office in January. 2017 will mean many changes in Washington, D.C., which is why you need to make attending SNA’s 45th Legislative Action Conference (LAC) a top priority this spring. Mark your calendars now to join other school nutrition advocates April 2-4, 2017, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. At this premier gathering, you’ll hear from Washington insiders and compelling keynote speakers, including presidential historian and Pulitzer prize-winning author Jon Meacham. On Tuesday, April 4, “charge” Capitol Hill and meet with lawmakers to educate them about the importance of school meals. Also, be sure to make plans to pay tribute to this year’s honorees of the School Nutrition Foundation’s 4th annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. Please note that LAC 2017 takes place in April—a month later than has been customary—so be sure to mark these dates on your calendar now. Stay connected to www.schoolnutrition.org/LAC to learn more about the conference, invited speakers and information about registration and hotel accommodations. SNA FAQs How do I earn CEUs online using School Nutrition’s monthly “To Your Credit” CEU tests? Step-by-step instructions on taking the online version of the “To Your Credit” tests follow: • Decide which month’s article you would like to read prior to taking the exam. You will need to be an SNA member and/or registered user of SchoolNutrition.org to access articles. • Place an “order” for the test and pay for it through SNA’s Shopping Cart before you start answering the questions. • Once you have paid for the test, you will be taken to a page to select the specific month’s test that you would like to complete. • Follow the instructions for payment and for completing the test page. Once you submit your answers, you will receive an email acknowledgement immediately. CEUs will be recorded on MyAccount once you have passed the test. To pass the test, you must earn a grade of 80% or higher. SNA Service Center staff will inform you if you do not pass the test. • Once you place your order, you will not be able to cancel it and start again. Please be prepared to take the test at the time you place your order and make your payment. If the test page is idle for 20 minutes without refreshing the web page, members will be logged out and redirected to the SNA homepage. There will be no refunds. How many of the “To Your Credit” articles in School Nutrition am I permitted to use to renew my SNA Certificate? You can use a maximum of three passing “To Your Credit” tests to renew your certificate each year. The passing grade is 80%. Each article is worth 1 CEU in a key area. The tests can be completed online at www.schoolnutrition.org/PDA. Note that these tests can only be used to renew your certificate; they cannot be used to earn a certificate or move up a level.
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