By Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS, SNA President 2017-05-01 03:12:18
A Bouquet of May Messages and Memories It is early April and I have just returned from a fantastic three-day Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C. (See page 46 for a photo recap of the event.) It culminated with nearly 950 SNA members heading to Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on why block grants are bad for schools and kids and to remind them that we still need some flexibility when it comes to standards for whole grains and sodium. I know your stories, dedication and passion made a resounding impression on Congress! Personal stories stick with us. I attended a meeting recently where a young student had great courage to tell her story. Her father was deployed in the military and mom lacked the ability to be an effective parent. The student relied on school meals for her daily nourishment. Once her dad returned home, her environment improved, but she relayed that she had to “learn how to use a fork and knife,” because she was so accustomed to eating grab ‘n’ go, packaged convenience food items. What an illustration that what we do matters every single day in the lives of children. As we wind down one school year and begin planning for the next, I hope you will consider a spectacular opportunity for professional learning, networking and new product ideas: SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC). Where else is one able to tap into more than 120 options for continuing education tailored to the hot topics facing our profession? Or discover hundreds of cool food, equipment and technology solutions under one roof? I always come home with a few ideas to share and put into practice right away. I encourage you to register now for the hottest event in school nutrition, and join more than 6,500 of your peers in Atlanta, July 9-12. I could not close this May column without paying tribute to all the women who have influenced my life, especially my mom. She has been an example of hard work, dedication and service. She has always encouraged me to be unafraid of trying something new. Like all mothers, she made sacrifices for her children. No matter one’s age, we all need our moms. Whether yours is with you, of if she is looking down upon you, take a moment to say “thanks,” especially on May 14.
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