1:45 pm-2:45 pm
Opening General Session

The 2013 Legislative Action Conference is officially kicked off as this session will provide a reflection on 2012 General Election and predictions for the 113th Congress. Plus, get an insider's look at Washington from Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and chief White House correspondent and the host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC. To learn more about this year’s keynote speaker, click here.

2:45 pm–3:45 pm
First General Session

SNA PAC and SNA’s presentation of SNA’s 2013 Legislative Issue Paper.


8:30 am–10:00 am
Second General Session

USDA officials will present an in-depth overview on the recently released Competitive Foods Proposed Regulation. Ample opportunity will be provided for Q&A. An update on USDA Foods will also be provided.

10:30 am–12:00 pm
Third General Session

New and compelling research continues to be released affecting our children and the state of child nutrition programs and operations. Come and hear about the latest studies concerning the link between school breakfast and peak performance. In addition, this session will exclusively reveal the topline results of the “KITS” Study, which studied the types of equipment, training and infrastructure resources needed for schools and kitchens to successfully meet USDA’s new nutrition standards.

2:00 pm–4:30 pm
Fourth General Session

2013 Legislative Issues and more.
Charge to the Hill!


8:30 am–11:30 am
Breakfast and Closing General Session

This session will bring together Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to reflect on the recent election and expectations for the 113th Congress. This roundtable will solicit their thoughts and perspective of what progress Congress will make on a wide variety of issues, including school nutrition and childhood hunger. We will also hear their view on any White House initiatives and steps to working on bipartisan agreements in this area. More importantly, with the current focus on budget cuts, this roundtable will allow for SNA members to hear from the people who make the decisions on program cuts or increases, as well as listening to you impart the importance of continuing to support school nutrition programs.

Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND)

Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH)


SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 9:45 am-10:45 am

First-Timers Session/Maximizing Your Hill Visits
A primer for LAC 2013 and your Hill visits. Learn about the legislative process, lobbying and your role as an advocate for federal child nutrition programs.

Best Practices: Maintaining and Increasing Participation
Are participation numbers getting you down? From menu modifications to serving line switch-ups, glean tips from peers who have successfully increased participation, even in the midst of industry challenges.

Physical Activity and Nutrition: Partnering for Healthier Kids

Industry Thought Exchange: Competitive Foods (industry only)
With the recent release of the proposed competitive foods rule, this session will provide an opportunity for industry partners to voice their concerns, challenges and issues with the proposal.

Meal Pattern Success Stories
Make the most of the new meal pattern by learning from strategies that have worked in districts across the country. We’re all in this together—share your success stories, too!

State Agency Section Meeting (state agency directors/staff)
This session will provide an update and overview on child nutrition activities from USDA officials, as well as the latest news on the continuing implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Sourcing Locally to Meet Vegetable Subgroups
Learn to utilize local foods to meet the vegetable subgroup requirements in the meal pattern. Participants will hear from two directors who are successfully expanding menu offerings by working with local growers.

Successful Methods to Encourage Students to Try New Menu Items
Learn about a variety of tools to encourage kids to try new menu items. Hear how you can utilize such programs as taste tests, farm to school and school gardens to get kids excited about what’s on the menu.

You’ve Got a Story to Tell: How to Market Your Programs and Menus
Do your customers think school food is the same old story? Get new ideas from marketing pros about how to spice up your menus, generate buzz around your program and spread the word to parents.

Industry Thought Exchange: Competitive Foods (repeat) (industry only)
See description above.

Meal Pattern Success Stories (repeat)
See description above.

State Agency Section Meeting (cont’d) (state agency directors/staff)
See description above.

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