NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK WHO LOVES #NSLW? WE DO! No matter how you dice it, SNA has the tools (www.schoolnutrition.org/nslw) you need to show off your program’s “Recipes for Success” during National School Lunch Week (NSLW), October 9-13, 2017. Did you procrastinate? One of the easiest things you can do at this late date to promote NSLW is take advantage of SNA’s fun #NSLW-themed shareable content (seen here) for your social media tweets and posts. Find artwork at bitly.com/SNAShareableContent and a Social Media Tip Sheet at www.schoolnutrition.org/nslw, click on “Marketing & PR Resources.” Don’t forget to use the #NSLW hashtag! School Nutrition wants to see how your NSLW activities showcased your creative cafeteria teams and engaged students, parents and the whole school community. Send photos and captions to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, and you may see your smiling, happy faces in an upcoming issue! And remember, even after NSLW has passed, don’t lose momentum with your cafeteria marketing efforts. The real “Recipe for Success” lies in how well and how often you put your program in a positive spotlight. SNA PLANNER OCT. 9-13, 2017 National School Lunch Week JAN. 21-23, 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference New Orleans, La. MAR. 4-6, 2018 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MAR. 5-9, 2018 National School Breakfast Week APR. 26-28, 2018 National Leadership Conference Long Beach, Calif. MAY 4, 2018 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 9-12, 2018 Annual National Conference Las Vegas SCHOOL NUTRITION INDUSTRY CONFERENCE Find Your Missing Piece at SNIC 2018 There’s one thing you can say of those who embrace a career in the K-12 school nutrition segment—whether as an operator or an industry partner—you relish a good challenge! That’s because school nutrition is arguably the most complex foodservice business and the variety of factors at play are reminiscent of a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. What do YOU need to solve your own school nutrition puzzles? SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), January 21-23, 2018 in New Orleans, is designed to help you identify the missing pieces. This high-level meeting offers three days of unparalleled learning and networking. Program highlights include: » Cutting-edge, inspiring General Session speakers who will help you fine-tune your leadership, marketing and team-building skills. » A host of education sessions—many delivered in fresh, new formats designed to engage your imagination and participation in ways that lead to “a-ha” moments and invaluable takeaways. » Topics selected to build on the fundamental “corner pieces” of the K-12 procurement puzzle, from understanding and addressing ethical dilemmas to uncovering best practices for GPOs and co-ops to readying for the new procurement requirements of the Administrative Review. » Innovative Solution Sessions that encourage face-to-face, small-group discussions, hosted by industry, to explore new innovations while exchanging ideas. Whether you want to focus on big-picture visioning and benchmarking or find practical, ready-to-implement solutions to specific problems, SNIC is your source to puzzling out the answers you need. To register, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snic. PERSONAL WELLNESS STEP up to the Plate! Will you STEP up to the (healthy!) plate with November’s challenge? Next month, “Say Yes to Veggies!” in the personal wellness program created exclusively for SNA members by SNA, with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store. Each time you choose greenery over bakery throughout the month of November, reward yourself with one point per serving. Veggies are not just a side dish! They work in main courses, as complete snacks and even as breakfast items! Tuck tomatoes into a fluffy frittata; mix carrots and peppers into some tasty hummus dip; blend sweet potato and chard into a sunny egg scramble; go bold with a new recipe like spinach enchiladas; or spring for a simple, fresh entrée salad. If you haven’t tried SNA’s STEPS Challenge yet, what’s holding you back from taking a small step toward living a healthier lifestyle? In addition to helping you make healthier choices, participating also means that you’ll be entered for a chance to win special health and wellness-themed prizes. (Remember STEP-ers: Did you Fall for Fruit this month? Submit your points for the October challenge by November 4.) Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps to get started today. SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION SNF SCHOLARSHIPS BENEFIT YOU! EACH YEAR, SNA’S PHILANTHROPIC SISTER ORGANIZATION, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), offers a variety of scholarship programs to benefit Association members. Last year, more than 90 individual awards helped members at all job levels pursue their education, training and professional development goals. Would you take advantage of an upcoming conference, a culinary course, a graduate program or other opportunity if you had some help to defray related costs? Take a look at the opportunities available: » SNA Conference Scholarships—Want to attend one of SNA’s lauded national meetings? Scholarships are available to help you get to January’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) in New Orleans, the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in March in Washington, D.C., and the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas next summer. SNIC applications are currently available. » With the support of a gift from AccuTemp, SNF is offering 15 individual $500 First-Timer Scholarships for SNA members who have never attended a national conference. » Professional Development Scholarships—With contributions from Schwan’s Food Service and SNA, SNF is offering scholarships (up to $2,500 each) for national members who are enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a degree or certificate program that falls into one or more of the USDA Professional Standards subject areas. » SNF has grants available to help operators upgrade school kitchen equipment through a generous gift from Winston Industries. » SNF also offers scholarships and awards in memory of/in honor of special SNA members: the Kathleen Stitt Award (for participation in the School Nutrition Showcase at ANC); the Nancy Curry Scholarship and the Sandy Booker Scholarship (for continuing education); and the Josephine Martin National Fellow Award (for LAC). Visit the SNF scholarship webpage atwww.schoolnutrition.org/scholarships for detailed information about eligibility and deadlines.
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