March 2013
SNF Recognizes First Recipient of the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is pleased to announce the first Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow, Sandi Walter, SNS, from Maryville City (Tenn.) Schools.

Walter has 20 years of school nutrition experience and is the cafeteria manager of Coulter Grove Intermediate School in Maryville. She is a certified SNA trainer and currently serves as the president of the Maryville Chapter of the Tennessee School Nutrition Association.

The award established in July 2012 in honor of school nutrition pioneer and advocate Dr. Josephine Martin, enables an SNA member to attend the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) for the first time.

It is a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin's passion for child nutrition and ensures that the voices of nutrition professionals will continue to be heard by legislators and policy makers at the local, state and national levels.

In a recent interview, Ms. Walter said, "Attending LAC offered me an opportunity to network with school nutrition leaders and learn about the important issues facing our industry. Child nutrition is where I want to be and is a field that allows for creativity and innovation, as well as providing me an opportunity to serve my community." Walter was recognized during the first general session at LAC on Sunday, March 3rd.

Funding for the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow is made possible by the Josephine Martin Endowment Fund at SNF. The Endowment is still accepting contributions to reach its $75,000 goal. To date, the Endowment has raised approximately $22,000.

To learn more about the fund, make a contribution and chart the progress as we reach our goal, visit An in-depth interview with both Dr. Martin and Walter can be found here.

SNF Scholarships for 2013-14

Are you thinking about going back to school or are currently taking classes and need some financial assistance? SNF is now accepting scholarship applications for the following scholarships:

4-in-1 Scholarship
The four scholarships included in the 4-in-1 scholarship are:
• SNF Professional Growth
• Schwan's Food Service
• Winston/SNF Build Your Future
• Nancy Curry Scholarship

Awards are up to $2,500. Eligible applicants must be SNA members for one year (as of February 1, 2012) who are enrolled or will be enrolled in a degree program at a vocational/technical, undergraduate, graduate or post graduate level in the United States. Application deadline is April 9, 2013.

ANC First-Timer Scholarship
Are you headed to Kansas City, Mo., in July for SNA's 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC)? Be sure to check out the ANC First Timer Scholarship. This $500 scholarship may be used to cover registration and travel expenses associated with attending ANC. Only SNA members from the employee or manager category attending ANC for the first time are eligible for this scholarship. They must be nominated by their district director, who also must be attending the conference. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis and there are multiple scholarships available. Funding for the ANC First Timer Scholarship is made possible by Winston Industries. Application deadline is May 10, 2013.

Winston Equipment Award Grant
Since 2007, Winston Industries has demonstrated its commitment to foodservice by awarding one school district the Winston Industries Equipment Award Grant. Ten pieces of Winston equipment are given to the school foodservice program. Through a competitive grant process, a recipient is chosen based on its implementation plan and impact the new equipment will have in the district. Application deadline is April 30, 2013.

Visit to view all eligibility requirements for all of the scholarships.

UPDATE: Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom

As of February 2013, we have exceeded our School Year (SY) 2012-13 goal of feeding an additional 20,000 students through the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC) project!

This partnership with three other national organizations, FRAC, National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation and National Education Association Health Information Network and funded by the Walmart Foundation, has made a significant investment in expanding universal breakfast in the classroom in eight school districts this year.

Each district has been working with local stakeholders to ensure more students have access to breakfast. Using a variety of delivery methods (direct delivery, grab and go, kiosks), each of the schools in the pilot program developed a customized plan for serving breakfast after the first bell.

Implementing BIC is not a one size fits all approach. Involving teachers, principals, education support staff, school administrators, custodial staff and foodservice ensures that everyone has a stake in the success of the program. At many schools, we have seen breakfast participation jump from 20% to over 85% reinforcing that when breakfast moves to the classroom after the first bell, everyone benefits.

Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools reached and surpassed its increase in breakfast goal by 700 additional students. Several principals not participating in the PBIC program have requested to start BIC at their schools based on the success they have seen with the program.

Follow the progress of all the districts on our blog, available at
For breakfast resources, visit

SY2012-13 Districts
Charleston County School District, South Carolina
Denver Public Schools, Colorado
Des Moines Schools, Iowa
Elgin U-46, Illinois
Guilford County Schools, North Carolina
Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky
Kansas City Schools, Kansas
Knox County Schools, Tennessee

SY2012-13 Districts Overall Comparison
Change in breakfasts being served once BIC had been implemented in classrooms

Webinar Wednesdays

SNF has had a very busy webinar schedule this year. Check the webinar page to view some that you may have missed and earn CEUs for SNA certification.

To learn more, visit

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