SNA ELECTION THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN Members of SNA have spoken, casting their ballots in the annual election for the Association’s top leadership positions. The winning candidates for the Association’s Board of Directors will be installed this summer during SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta, Ga. The elected Leadership Development Committee members will serve a two-year term, which began on March 1. The Industry Advisory Council Chair will serve a two-year term beginning August 1. SNA congratulates the following candidates, and thanks all of those who agreed to stand for election for their enthusiasm and commitment to serve the national Association. SNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mideast Regional Director Tamara Earl, SNS, Mason City Schools, Ohio Midwest Regional Director Sandi Kramer, Yankton School District, South Dakota Southwest Regional Director Monica Deines-Henderson, SNS, Falcon School District, Colorado At-Large Director Stephanie Dillard, SNS, Geneva County Schools, Alabama SNA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Northeast Regional Representative Judy White, Wrentham Public Schools, Massachusetts Northwest Regional Representative Ariane Shanley, South Kitsap Schools, Washington Southwest Region Representative Kevin Ponce, SNS, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma SNA INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL Industry Advisory Council Chair Michael Miller, SMART Temps, Indiana SNA PLANNER 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 JAN. 21-23, 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference New Orleans, La. MAR. 5-9, 2018 National School Breakfast Week SNF New SNF Executive Director Named THE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF SNA AND ITS PHILANTHROPIC SISTER ORGANIZATION, THE SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION (SNF), have determined that each organization would be better served by hiring a full-time executive director to oversee SNF operations. The creation of the new position increases senior staff leadership resources to support SNF’s strategic goals. After an extensive search, the SNF Board of Directors has named Jane Mell Balek to the new executive director position. Balek brings impressive credentials to this role. As deputy executive director with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and CEO/executive director of the Give A Note Foundation, Balek was instrumental in spearheading six national awareness campaigns and raising millions of dollars to support and strengthen music education programs in communities across the United States. Her accomplishments were recognized June 2016, when she was honored as one of the year’s five prestigious Lowell Mason Fellows by NAfME, a distinction that is one of music education’s most important honors. In her new position with SNF, Balek will be responsible for directing the fundraising work of the Foundation, implementing strategic and business plans approved by the SNF Board and managing the day to day operations. Balek will work closely with Patricia Montague, CAE, who will serve as CEO of both SNA and SNF, and Janet Hedrick, SNF director of development, to grow such initiatives as the Annual Campaign, the School Nutrition Heroes Awards, the SNF Legacy Program and the State Ambassadors Program. PUBLIC AWARENESS Your Apron Is Your Cape! In last month’s column, we asked you what Batman, Superman and a Lunch Lady have in common—they are all superheroes, of course! Because when you think about it, an apron is just a cape on backwards. All superheroes deserve to be recognized with their own special day. For those who work in America’s school cafeterias, that day is just a few weeks away: Friday, May 5, is School Lunch Hero Day (SLHD)! How will you celebrate the women and men who make a difference in your school meal operation? The sky’s the limit! Check “Justice Is Served,” in the September 2016 issue of School Nutrition, for inspiring examples from last year’s event. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SLHD for more suggestions, downloadable activity sheets and cards that students can complete, a sample press release and more. Themed merchandise (aprons, balloons, t-shirts, etc.) from the SNA Emporium (www.emporium.schoolnutrition. org) make great gifts for these hardworking team members, as does the best gift of all: SNA membership! ANC17 LESSON PLANS annual national conference school nutrition event of the year in hot-LANTA july 9-12, 2017 • atlanta, georgia SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) offers you a peek at hundreds of the hottest products on the market, as well as opportunities to make the coolest connections with old friends and new. But it’s the incredible range of educational offerings that makes this the singular, don’tmiss event of the year! At ANC, there is something for everyone. The 130+ sessions on the agenda in Atlanta this summer fall into the four Key Areas of the Association’s Certificate and Credentialing Programs and USDA’s Professional Standards rule. The following examples are just a fraction of what’s being planned. • NUTRITION “Get the Facts About Food Allergies,” “Gluten-Free Basics & School Meals,” “Top 10 Culinary and Consumer Trends for Savvy Students,” “Chef Support From Kitchen to Classroom,” “Serving Vegan Entrees: Success and Challenge,” “Build Customer Satisfaction With Flavor Stations” • OPERATIONS “Unscrambling Offer vs Serve,” “Staying in the Black,” “Procurement and the Law,” “Creating a Culture of Food Safety,” “Starting Non-Traditional Feeding Programs,” “Developing Effective and Efficient Bids,” “Getting the Products You Want: Cooperative Purchasing & the Supply Chain” • ADMINISTRATION “If You Only Knew What Your Supervisor Thinks,” “Food Waste Reduction Strategies and Methods,” “Take Charge of Your Charging Policy,” “Best Practices for Preparing for Your Administrative Review,” “Make Staff Training Stick,” “Simple Solutions for Dealing With Difficult People” • COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING “Avoiding Customer Service Traps,” “Trends in the K-12 Market,” “You Can Be an Effective Public Speaker,” “An Insight Into Understanding Poverty,” “Make Your Lunchroom Even Smarter,” “Hanging Out With Generation Z,” “High Schools, A la Carte Sales and Mobile Ordering: A Case Study” Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC to easily plan your personal education agenda. You can filter sessions by date, key area, member type and topic. www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC STEPS CHALLENGE H2...O, Really? You have probably heard it over and over again: “Stay hydrated.” Why? Simply put, your body depends on water to survive. Every tissue, organ and cell needs water to function properly. Just like oil and gas are needed to keep your car’s engine running and get you to where you are going, your body needs water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and even lubricate joints. But your body loses water every day when you sweat and go to the bathroom and even when you breathe. This is why you need a steady intake of fluids—and simple water is best. How much water should you drink every day to keep your motor running? Some health experts recommend as much as 64 ounces (eight 8-oz. glasses). This month’s STEPS Challenge is a very good way to work toward this goal! Give yourself two points for each day you consume 50+ ounces (6 or more glasses) of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverages in April. Tally your points and submit them to www.schoolnutrition.org.steps by May 4 to be entered in the grand prize drawing, where you could win an all-expense-paid trip to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference this summer in Atlanta. Made available with support from Jennie-O-Turkey Store, the STEPS Challenge is SNA’s personal wellness program, designed especially for Association members. April is the last monthly challenge for 2016-17, but these will return in September. Keep up the healthy habits you learned this year: Make time for exercise, make good choices when at the grocery store and restaurants, take moments to de-stress and drink plenty of water! Visit www.schoolnutrition. org/Resources/STEPS/Home/ for more information about the program. VIRTUAL EXPO NO VIRTUAL REALITY GOGGLES REQUIRED! The countdown has begun. You have just one more month to learn about the latest products available to K-12 school foodservice through SNA’s inaugural Virtual Expo. Fortunately, you don’t have to book a flight or hotel, because this tradeshow is available from the comfort of your workspace or home computer. Thousands of SNA members have already explored this exciting new way to learn, communicate and connect since it debuted in January. They’ve “walked” the aisles of the Exhibit Hall, gathering information about new products, and have even chatted live with industry representatives, earned CEUs toward Professional Standards with six on-demand education sessions and connected with colleagues and industry partners in the online network lounge. Don’t miss your chance to check out these unique opportunities, available for free through April 30. Plus, be sure to visit all the booths in the Exhibit Hall for a chance to win one of three free 2017 ANC registrations (winners will be drawn at the close of the Virtual Expo). So, travel—through cyberspace—today to SNA’s Virtual Expo! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/virtualexpo. PUBLICATIONS Big Resource, Bigger Value! Whether you want to get a new employee up to speed, help explain school nutrition issues to your district’s superintendent, support legislative initiatives in your state house or take a refresher course yourself, SNA’s Little Big Fact Book: The Essential Guide to School Nutrition offers everything you need to know about the fundamentals of school nutrition. Hot off the presses, the 2017 edition of Little Big is a comprehensive overview, overflowing with facts and figures about federal regulations, USDA Foods, school district demographics and the hottest topics being discussed today. This 36-page resource is a must-have for anyone and everyone working in and with school nutrition programs, but it’s particularly useful for new foodservice directors and managers, school administrators, manufacturer marketing and sales teams, state and national legislators and media representatives. Purchase your copy online today for just $18 at www.schoolnutri tion.org/bookstore. Additional savings are available for bulk orders. The K-12 school nutrition profession is easily misunderstood and underestimated. Help others to understand just how complex this business is by purchasing your copies of SNA’s Little Big Fact Book. ANC ANC Exhibit Hall Excellence If you’ve attended an SNA Annual National Conference (ANC) in the last decade, you know and appreciate the incredible scope and variety of its Exhibit Hall. It’s not just school nutrition professionals who are impressed! The ANC Exhibit Hall has earned the 2016 Fastest 50 Award from Tradeshow Executive Magazine and was ranked #194 the 2016 Trade Show News Network’s Top 250 Trade Show List. The Fastest 50 Award honors the fastest-growing tradeshows held in the United States during the previous year. Fifty winners are selected based on the percentage of growth in each of the three categories. SNA was recognized for its 2016 ANC in San Antonio in all three of the award categories: total attendance (7,042), net square feet of exhibit space (920 booths) and number of exhibiting companies (412). Congratulations to Exhibit Sales Manager Crystal Harper-Pierre and the rest of SNA’s Meetings team for this well-deserved recognition. ADVOCACY SNA 2017 Position Paper SNA has released its 2017 Position Paper, outlining the Association’s legislative priorities. It will serve as the centerpiece for this month’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) and other grassroots advocacy efforts. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/PositionPaper to access talking points for each position, a printable version and a downloadable infographic. Every school day, school nutrition programs contribute to the health, well-being and achievement of more than 30 million students across America. To sustain this success, school meal programs require greater support. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) represents 57,000 professionals who serve students nutritious meals while being responsible stewards of federal funds. SNA urges Congress and the Administration to bolster historically under-funded school meal programs that are struggling to manage increased food and operating costs. While school meals should continue to meet robust federal nutrition standards, requirements must be streamlined to ease regulatory burdens and preserve the financial sustainability of school meal programs. Given the reality of the federal deficit and the absence of a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, SNA requests that Congress: • Oppose any effort to block grant school meals programs. Block grants will cut funds and eliminate federal nutrition standards for school meals. Block grant funding caps will prevent schools from serving additional at-risk students when local economic downturns or rising enrollments increase the number of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned that block grants could “eliminate access to nutrition programs for some children and reduce it for others.” • Support schools, U.S. farmers and students in the next Farm Bill by providing 6 cents in USDA Foods for every school breakfast served. Currently, commodity support is only provided for school lunch. Expanding USDA Foods to support the School Breakfast Program will allow more students to benefit from a nutritious school breakfast, help schools cover rising costs and advance USDA’s mission of supporting America’s farmers. • Provide schools practical flexibility under federal nutrition standards to prepare healthy, appealing meals. Overly prescriptive regulations have resulted in unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, higher costs and food waste. Federal nutrition standards should be modified to help school menu planners manage these challenges and prepare nutritious meals that appeal to diverse student tastes. In particular, USDA should: • Maintain the Target 1 sodium levels and eliminate future targets. The Institute of Medicine warned that “reducing the sodium content of school meals as specified and in a way that is well accepted by students will present major challenges and may not be possible.” (School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children) • Restore the initial requirement that at least half of grains offered through school lunch and breakfast programs be whole grain-rich. The current mandate that all grains offered be whole grain-rich has increased waste and costs, while contributing to the decline in student lunch participation. Students are eating more whole grain breads and rolls, but schools are struggling with limited availability of specialty whole grain items and meeting students’ regional and cultural preferences for certain refined grains, such as white rice, pasta, grits, bagels or tortillas. • Simplify regulations to improve efficiencies and provide $1 million to conduct an independent study of the federal Child Nutrition Programs. Program complexities add to school nutrition costs. Duplicative and overly burdensome administrative mandates divert school nutrition professionals’ attention from their mission of nourishing students.
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