Summertime heated up in Georgia’s capital when attendees of SNA’s 71st Annual National Conference took advantage of an abundance of both red-hot topics and ultra-cool connections. The weather may have been…well, sultry (to apply a positive spin to the meteorological conditions), but it did nothing to diminish the enthusiasm of thousands of school nutrition operators, industry representatives and advocates who arrived in “HOTlanta” for several days of solution seeking. And find answers they did, in all the coolest ways imaginable. They found solutions in more than 140 engaging, informative education sessions and in thousands of products displayed by hundreds of vendors. They found motivation in the inspirational words of keynote speakers on the General Sessions’ stage and from favorite education session’s speakers who have a deep understanding of this audience. They found affirmation in the words and presence of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. And they also found what they needed in connections made with their peers, one conversation at a time. Did you attend #ANC17? What did you find to provide yourself with the strategies and encouragement to make this new school year one for the record books? The photos and memories presented on these pages—and online through SNA’s Flickr photostream (www.flickr.com/schoolnutrition)—are a great reminder of why ANC is the school nutrition event of the year and why you should mark your calendars and set your budgets to attend #ANC18 in Las Vegas! » » » ANC BY-THE-NUMBERS » 6,942 attendees, including 712 first-timers, were welcomed by SNA. Unsurprisingly, Georgia, the host-state, was the most represented at the conference. » School nutrition professionals represented 874 districts and 5 school foodservice cooperatives, which collectively serve more than 16.2 million students nationwide! » 465 operators came into Atlanta a day early to kick start their professional development by engaging in one of 13 available pre-conference sessions. Among them were 37 participants in Chapter Leadership Day. » SNA wishes good luck to the 41 individuals who sat for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam! » Over 140 education sessions rounded out the four-day agenda, which included a wide range of topics like food safety, leadership, community partnerships and clean label foods. Many sessions were so popular, they became standing room-only, even when they were repeated sessions! New to ANC this year, 9 pop-up sessions were added attractions, surprising attendees with even more options. » Even in the Exhibit Hall, conference-goers could find education opportunities, attending one or more of 5 informative SPARK sessions and 3 entertaining culinary demos. » Those sessions were a good place to rest one’s feet, as the famed Exhibit Hall boasted a record-setting 922 booths hosted by 405 companies. » When the Hall was closed, attendees could still view 26 tempting offerings from 21 companies highlighted in the display cases of the New Product Showcase. » 250 eager and able participants stretched their way to health during the 6th annual ANC STEPS Challenge Wellness event, hosted by SNA and Jennie-O Turkey Store. » The 27th annual School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase highlighted the insights of 4 research projects and 6 creative best practice initiatives. » Ruby Reader tried her best, but she could not hide forever! 591 School Nutrition readers, a record-breaking number, submitted entries for a chance at 25 Ruby Reader prizes this year. It’s a wonder they were able to do so, considering our June/July issue was the largest ever, at 204 pages! Find out if you were a winner on page 9. » Did you use the new ANC Mobile app? If so, you were one of 3,104 individuals who created profiles—403 more users than in San Antonio last year. » More than $7,000 was raised for the School Nutrition Foundation via 246 separate gifts, the most gifts ever received during an ANC. That amount was obtained with the help of 55 stalwart volunteers, including SNF ambassadors and SNA state association presidents. » SNA’s Political Action Committee also owes thanks to those who donated at ANC, as it was able to raise $2,307 at its booth and $230 from Text-2-Give donations. » All 150 books authored by the Kelly Brothers for sale at the Emporium sold out, due, in no small part, to the extreme charisma of our dual keynote speakers. » » » KEY ANC SPONSORS » AccuTemp Products (First Timer Scholarships, New Connections Reception) » Domino’s (Hotel Key Cards) » Forrest T. Jones and Co. (Wellness Village) » General Mills Foodservice (Star Club Breakfast) » Heartland School Solutions (Badge Lanyards) » Jennie-O Turkey Store (Opening General Session, STEPS Challenge Wellness Event) » JSB Industries/Muffin Town and SFSPac Food Safety and Sanitation System (Learning Journal) » PepsiCo Foodservice & Tyson Foods (Mobile App) » PrimeroEdge (Conference Wi-Fi, Member Section Lounges) » Schwan’s Food Service (SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony) » SunButter (Shuttle Buses) » » » PAYING IT FORWARD Each year, the generous vendors exhibiting at ANC dish out more than colorful displays, bright smiles and delectable samples. They also donate the perishable and shelf-stable items that remain to the local community at the close of the conference. This year, The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) was the lucky recipient organization for all items donated from the ANC exhibitor community. The 405 exhibiting companies at ANC provided 45,218 lbs. of food to ACFB, which is expected to translate into approximately 37,681 meals. With more than 1 in every 4 children in Georgia living in a food insecure household (per the 2014 Hunger in America study), those contributions are numbers SNA and its vendor partners are proud to stand behind. Since 2010, SNA’s industry partners have donated almost 300,000 pounds of food items to local hunger relief organizations following its ANCs in Dallas, Nashville, Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Atlanta. » » » 2016–17 AWARDS Please join School Nutrition in congratulating all of this year’s amazing winners! President’s Award of Excellence » Laura Fails, Kansas—State associations with 1-500 members » Gary Childress, SNS, Maryland—State associations with 501-1,000 members » Lori Shofroth, Indiana—State associations with 1,001+ members Employee of the Year Congratulations to the national winner, Vicky Lafferty from Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland. Regional winners are: » Mideast: Vicky Lafferty, Maryland » Midwest: Krystal Schaetz, Minnesota » Northeast: Christina Hartman, Massachusetts » Southeast: Trish Dawson, Kentucky » Southwest: Marsha Schultz, Kansas » West: Connie Cummings, Utah Manager of the Year (in honor of Louise Sublette) Give a round of applause to Treasa Markle from Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland, this year’s national winner. Regional winners are: » Mideast: Treasa Markle, Maryland » Midwest: Stacey Kindred, Missouri » Northeast: Dianne Ferguson, Massachusetts » Northwest: Kathy Carpenter, Idaho » Southeast: Kathy Harmon, Tennessee » Southwest: Kevin Huffman, Oklahoma » West: DeLona Wuthrich, Utah Director of the Year Kudos to Mark Bordeau, SNS, from Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York. Regional winners are: » Mideast: Debbie Derico, SNS, Marshall County Schools, West Virginia » Midwest: Michael Gasper, Holmen School District, Wisconsin » Northeast: Mark Bordeau, SNS, Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York » Northwest: Carmen Griffith, Orofino Joint School District 171, Idaho » Southeast: Cleta Long, SNS, Bibb County School District, Georgia » Southwest: Deanna Gilbert, Hope School District, Arkansas » West: Brenda Robinson, Bakersfield City School District, California Industry Member of the Year Congratulations to W. Mike Burke, SNS, K-12 Ambassador, Vulcan Food Equipment Group Kathleen Stitt Award The Kathleen Stitt Award gives one participant in the School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase $500 to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend the conference. This year’s honoree was David H. Holben, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, “Farm-to Youth!—A Produce Education Program for Youth and Families in a Rural, Appalachian Mississippi School District,” University of Mississippi, University, Miss. School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase Winners Research: “Are Meals Served During School Field Trips Safe from Listeria and Salmonella? A Simulation Study to Evaluate the Safety of Lunches Stored in Coolers in Extreme School Bus Temperatures,” Tracee Watkins, MBA, Sara Gragg, PhD, Paola Paez, PhD, Randall Phebus, PhD, Nick Sevart, MS and Amanda Wilder; Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas Best Practices: “Farm to School is NEAT!” Taylor Blake, MS, RDN, LD; Gwinnett County Schools, Suwanee, Georgia SNA Membership Recruitment Winners Recruiter of the Year: The 2016-17 Recruiter of the Year is Deborah Wuest from St. Lucie County Public Schools in Florida. Deborah brought in 181 new SNA members! Annual Membership Campaign Winners We are excited to announce the 2016-17 Annual Membership Campaign winners. These individuals recruited 5 or more new members to SNA from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. They have each won a free registration to SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference in Las Vegas! Congratulations to: » Sandra Conradi, SNS, Washington » Amanda Enslinger, Kansas » Deborah Kallio, Washington » Tara Smith, Georgia » Natalie Turner, Indiana ANC 2018 Winner SNA urged attendees to evaluate the education sessions they attended by using the ANC on the Go mobile app to provide valuable feedback regarding the success of sessions in meeting members’ professional development needs. After completing an evaluation, attendees were entered in a random drawing for a free registration to ANC 2018 in Las Vegas. Congratulations to Apryll Womack, Springdale Public Schools, Springdale, Arkansas! We’ll see you in Nevada next summer! Photos by EZ Event Photography. To view and download other photos from SNA’s 71st Annual National Conference, including the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, education sessions, the Exhibit Hall and much more, visit SNA’s Flickr photostream at www.flickr.com/schoolnutrition.
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