A Message from Chair of the School Nutrition Foundation
As I begin my term as Chair of the School Nutrition Foundation, I want to acknowledge and give a heartfelt thank you to Scott Swogger who served as Chair of the Foundation for the past three years. Scott led the Foundation through its 50th Anniversary year in 2014 and helped to establish the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, an event that has become the hallmark annual event for the Foundation. Scott also guided the Board of Directors through a period of reflection and significant change that will prepare the Foundation for meeting the needs that lie ahead for the school nutrition profession.

Beginning 2013-14, SNF was part of the discussions with the School Nutrition Association as they developed their Strategic Plan. The Plan called for increased synergy of the School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Foundation. A joint meeting of the Boards of SNA and SNF was held in July 2014, which marked the start of the two sister organizations working together to determine how to maximize their relationship and to better align the work of both organizations to the SNA Strategic Plan. That collaboration resulted in significant changes in the Board of Directors of the School Nutrition Foundation. In summer 2015, the SNF Board of Directors accepted a new set of responsibilities and approved a new structure for the Board.

The Board of Directors of SNF has six new members, which represents two-thirds of the current Board, and has four additional at-large positions that we hope to fill with persons who share the mission of the organizations, but may be from allied organizations. Our goal is to to bring a new perspective to the Board as we strive to enhance the funding available for programs that benefit school nutrition programs and the children of the nation who are nourished through school meals.

I look forward to the opportunity to lead the newly restructured Board of Directors of the Foundation. With the new members of the Board, the School Nutrition Foundation will continue to advance the school nutrition profession and the members we serve.

Sandra Ford
Chair, School Nutrition Foundation


Federal employees can contribute to the School Nutrition Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
CFC code: 22373

October 23, 2015
Deadline for 2016 School Nutrition Heroes Nominations

November 16, 2015
Deadline for 2016 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship Applications

December 1, 2015
Giving Tuesday

February 29, 2016
Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
Washington, D.C.

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News & Updates

Election of Chair and Vice-Chair of the SNF Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the School Nutrition Foundation has elected Sandra Ford, SNS, as Chair of the SNF Board, and Mary Begalle, PhD, RDN, SNS, as Vice Chair of the Board for 2015-16.

To learn more about Ford and Begalle, click here.

Welcome to New Members of the SNF Board of Directors
Following a process of restructuring the SNF Board of Directors, six new members are joining the Foundation Board this fall.

To view the new members, click here.

2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
We have started planning for the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. The event will be held Monday, February 29th at the Marriott Marquis during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C.

AdvancePierre Foods has agreed to generously support the event as the PREMIER Sponsor again in 2016. As of October 1, six companies have made commitments as LEADERS and four have signed up as SUPPORTERS. A Celebration Corporate Committee is contacting others to enlist their support as Sponsors of the 2016 Celebration. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Nominations of Heroes
Do you know a school nutrition professional who goes above and beyond their day-to-day activities to make a difference in the lives of those in their schools, in their communities, and beyond? Please consider nominating that person for School Nutrition Hero in 2016. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, October 23, 2015. To learn more, click here.

For more information, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroesCelebration

Annual Fund 2015
The 2015 Annual Fund has started strong and with less than 100 days left in the year, the competition between states for the title of “Giving Champion” is heating up! As of September 9, 2015, leading the State Associations with 1,001+ members is Florida with 1.4% participation, followed by three State Associations with 0.7% participation – Georgia, Mississippi, and Virginia. To check out your state’s standing in the competition, click here.

Giving Tuesday 2015
Get ready for Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015! Consider getting SNA members and others in your state involved. Encourage them to post “UNselfies” and to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. For more ideas, click here.

Scholarships for 2015-16
A total of 72 SNA members have received scholarships totaling $75,000 for 2015-16 for attendance at conferences and for educational pursuits.

PepsiCo Foodservice provided funding for scholarships for SNA members who attended their first Annual National Conference in 2015.
Schwan’s Food Service has provided scholarships totaling more than $1.5 million over the past three decades for SNA members who are working on degrees. Since 1998, over 750 scholarships, including 41 for 2015-16 have been awarded through the generosity of Schwan’s.

In 2015, the School Nutrition Foundation also offered $25,000 in Annual Fund Scholarships from the 2014 Annual Fund Campaign during SNF’s 50th Anniversary. These scholarships were awarded to 30 SNA members for 2015-16. Other scholarships include SNF Professional Growth Scholarships, the Nancy Curry Award, and the Sandi Brooker Award.

2016 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow
Members of SNA who are interested in receiving the 2016 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship are submitting their applications. The fellowship enables an SNA member to attend the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C., for the first time. The 2016 recipient will be the fourth SNA member to be named a Policy Fellow and will travel to the nation’s capital in February 2016 to participate in LAC. Applications must be submitted by Monday, November 16, 2015.

Kathleen Stitt Award
The Kathleen Stitt Award gives one participant of the School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase, held annually at the Annual National Conference (ANC), $500 to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend the conference. The 2015 winner was Lacy Stephens from Bozeman, Montana. Stephens traveled to Salt Lake City in July, where she presented her work, entitled, “Outcomes of the Montana Cook Fresh Culinary Workshop.” She was also selected as the winner of the poster research award.

Equipment Awards
In addition to grants for scholarships, the School Nutrition Foundation awards two equipment grants annually, one from Baxter Equipment Company and the second from Winston Industries.

• The Baxter Equipment for Education Grant provided a Mini Rotating Rack Convection Oven for Lincoln Elementary School in Grand Island Public Schools in Grand Island, Nebraska. Kristi Spellman, Director of Nutrition Services in Grand Island, was unable to attend the Annual National Conference (ANC), but her assistant director, Lisa Moss, attended ANC and was on hand for a presentation at Baxter’s exhibit booth. In addition to the equipment, Baxter provided $500 for Moss to use toward registration and travel expenses for ANC.
• Ten pieces of equipment were offered in the Winston Industries Equipment Grant. The recipient was determined through a competitive grant process and the equipment was awarded to the Henry County School District in Collinsville, Virginia, where Marci Lexa is Director of School Nutrition Programs.

To learn more about these equipment awards, click here.

School Nutrition Legacy Circle
From time to time, we need to review our financial plans for the future and update our wills. When that time comes, you can include a provision for the School Nutrition Foundation and the other organizations that are important to you. But you don’t have to prepare a new will to make a lasting legacy at the Foundation. You can create a codicil to your existing will or you can also make the Foundation one of the beneficiaries of your retirement plan or an existing life insurance policy.

To learn more, click here.

Breakfast in the Classroom
The School Nutrition Foundation in collaboration with the Food and Research Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF) and the National Education Association (NEA) Healthy Futures continues to assist school districts in implementing Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC). The four organizations, which form the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, are actively working in seven states: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. To date, in this phase of the project, the Partners have awarded over $1.4 million to 61 schools in the seven states for equipment and for other expenses involved in beginning a BIC program.

Check out the recently updated website http://breakfastintheclassroom.org for blog posts and updates on the program!

Announcements & Reminders

School Nutrition Heroes in School Nutrition magazine
The School Nutrition magazine reported in its May 2015 issue on the 2015 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. The two pages featured photos from the evening, the names of those recognized as School Nutrition Heroes, and the names of the Corporate Sponsors who made the event successful in raising dollars for scholarships for SNA members.

Jill Kidd, MS, RD, SNS, who was recognized as a School Nutrition Hero in 2015, was one of the SNA members whose profiles appeared in the June/July 2015 issue of the magazine.

The August 2015 issue of the magazine included an article, “Being the Change They Want to See,” by Mark Ward, Sr. PhD, that highlighted three School Nutrition Heroes. Those featured were Sandy Kramer from Yankton, S.D., who was recognized at the 2014 Celebration, and Nancy Younglove from Wolcott, N.Y., and Cathy Potter from Maryville, Tenn., who were honored in 2015 as School Nutrition Heroes.

Federal Employees Can Support School Nutrition Foundation
Do you know anyone who works for the federal government, is in the military, or works for the postal service? If so, let them know that the School Nutrition Foundation is an approved charity for the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the workplace giving program for federal employees. Provide them with SNF’s five-digit CFC code, 22373, and ask them to designate all or part of their CFC contribution to SNF. Tell them why you support SNF and let them know how SNF helps SNA members provide millions of high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the nation every day. To learn more, click here.

In Memory of Jane Wynn
We were saddened to learn that SNA Past President Jane Wynn passed away on May 6, 2015, in Pompano Beach, Florida. Wynn was a champion for the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship Fund, which she and other past presidents established in 2012 in honor of Dr. Josephine Martin. At her request, the family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship.

Contributions may be made online. To learn more about the Josephine Martin Fund, click here.

2015 Annual Fund
Please consider participating in the 2015 Annual Fund today. The dollars raised through the Annual Fund are used to support SNA and its members. The theme for the SNA member campaign is “Lighting the Way,” as the Annual Fund lights the way to education and professional development, research to validate best practices, and scholarships for members to continue their education. As an SNA member, you can help your state become the “Giving Champion” for 2015, but more importantly, you can make a difference in the lives of your colleagues and in the lives of the children whose lives they touch each day. GIVE TODAY!

Online/Recurring Giving
When you make an online contribution to the School Nutrition Foundation, you will have the option of a one-time gift or a recurring gift. Making a monthly gift is easy and may make it possible for you to give more than you can with a one-time gift. Consider the convenience of a monthly gift when you make your contribution. Click here to make your contribution.

Annual National Conference
The School Nutrition Foundation’s booth at the 2015 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Salt Lake City in July was an exciting place! Bells were ringing and members were adding their names to a colorful list of names and states as they made contributions to the Annual Fund. A total of 91 contributions were made totaling $3,282 for an increase in number of gifts of 167.6% as compared to contributions at ANC 2014. The increase in total was 69.6% compared to the prior year at ANC. The average gift was $37.06.

We extend a special “thank you” to the 50 individuals who worked at the SNF Booth during ANC. To view the names of the volunteers, click here.

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