A Message from Your Foundation Chairman
Over 250 SNA members and guests attended the 2015 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes on Monday, March 2. The event, which began in 2014 as part of the 50th Anniversary of the School Nutrition Foundation, featured the honoring of five extraordinary school nutrition professionals who are making a difference in their schools, school districts and communities. Click here to learn about the heroes and to see the videos that were shared at the Celebration.

We want to thank the sponsors of the 2015 Celebration. A special word of appreciation goes to AdvancePierre Foods for taking the lead as Premier Sponsor. Click here to see the list of sponsors. The numbers are not final, but we estimate net income from the Celebration will exceed $45,000.

Save the date—Monday, February 29, 2016—for the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, which will be held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C.

Begin thinking about the SNA members who go above and beyond their responsibilities to make a difference in the lives of others. Plan on nominating one of them as a 2016 School Nutrition Hero. The call for nominations will go out in late summer.

Scott Swogger
Chairman, School Nutrition Foundation


July 12-15, 2015
Annual National Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah

December 1, 2015
Giving Tuesday

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

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News & Updates

Annual Fund 2014
In December, the 2014 Annual Fund closed after an exciting 50th Anniversary year for the Foundation. As the Foundation celebrated its five decades of work to enhance the school nutrition profession through education and professional development, research, and scholarships, SNA members joined in support of the Annual Fund in record numbers. Not only were the total dollars increased, but the number of SNA members who gave grew, as many made personal contributions to the Annual Fund for the first time. For a list of supporters, click here.

Giving Tuesday 2014
Thanksgiving is the day set aside for counting our blessings. The next day is Black Friday and the following Monday is Cyber Monday, both of which focus on shopping. Now, on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we celebrate the joy of giving. On December 2, 2014, Giving Tuesday provided an opportunity for SNA members to give and to tell others why they supported the School Nutrition Foundation. The day was the capstone for a year of giving at new levels. To learn more, click here.

Annual Fund 2015
The 2015 Annual Fund will feature a new dimension this year—competition between states for the title of “Giving Champion” by having the highest percentage participation in the Individual Giving Campaign. Any individual who makes a contribution of $10 or more for the 2015 Annual Fund will be counted as participating. Three winners will be named, one from each of the SNA member divisions. Those who contributed to the Annual Fund in the winning state will be entered in a drawing for two reserved seats for the entertainment event at the Annual National Conference (ANC) in 2016. To learn more, click here.

Create Your Own Fundraising Page
Would you like to assist the School Nutrition Foundation in securing funds for the 2015 Annual Fund, “Individual Giving Campaign: Lighting the Way”? Consider setting up a personal fundraising page! You can personalize the page, tell others why you support the School Nutrition Foundation, and ask them to join you in support of the Foundation to provide education and professional development for school nutrition professionals. Remember, SNA members are not the only ones interested in supporting us as we provide healthy meals for school children. Reach out broadly to those who care about healthy children. We will provide the tools you need to reach out to others! If you are interested in setting up your own fundraising page, contact SNF Director of Development Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org for the link to get started.

Scholarships for 2015-16
Members of SNA have been applying for educational scholarships and equipment grants. As the application period for each type of scholarship closes, the School Nutrition Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews the submitted materials, including the answers to essay questions on how the scholarship will assist them in their position. By early May, those receiving scholarships will be notified. To learn more about scholarships, click here.

Breakfast in the Classroom
The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom are actively working in seven states: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The states have different timelines for implementation and are in various stages of the process. The Partners, including the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), the Food and Research Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF) and the National Education Association’s Health Information Network (NEA-HIN) are in the third phase of the project that began in 2010 and are continuing to reach out to stakeholders in eligible school districts in the seven states and to identify districts and specific schools to participate in the program. The Partners are drafting agreements, distributing funds and assisting the school districts with webinars and support materials, as well as consultation. For blog posts and updates on the program, check out the recently updated website http://breakfastintheclassroom.org!

New SNF Annual Fund Scholarship
The School Nutrition Foundation has designated that the donations from SNA members to the 2014 Annual Fund be used for educational scholarships for 2015-16. Multiple scholarships of up to $2,500 each will be awarded to SNA members this year. A total of $25,000, representing the total donated by SNA members in 2014, is available for funding these new scholarships.

Article in School Nutrition magazine
The April 2015 issue of School Nutrition magazine includes an article on ways to give, highlighting the potential for income tax savings. In addition, the importance of individual giving is explained, noting a study that indicates 72% of all philanthropic support comes from individuals. Information on the School Nutrition Legacy Circle accompanies the “Foundation Fundamentals” article.

School Nutrition Legacy Circle
The School Nutrition Legacy Circle is a recognition program for those who have made a provision for the School Nutrition Foundation in their will, through a retirement plan or insurance policy, or through another type of gift plan. Foundation Board members Marcia Smith, PhD, SNS, and Sandra Ford, SNS, both of whom are SNA Past Presidents, are co-chairing the Planned Giving Committee. To learn more, click here.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Josephine Martin
Congratulations to Dr. Josephine Martin, who received the 2015 Gertrude Applebaum Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Dinner at the School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) in January. A mini-campaign garnered the support of a number of individuals, who made contributions to the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship Fund in honor of Dr. Martin for receiving the award and for her birthday in February.

2015 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow
Julie Martin, a school and community services manager with Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools, was selected as the winner of the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship for 2015. The fellowship enables an SNA member to attend the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C. Martin, who is the third recipient of the fellowship, traveled to the nation’s capital in February to participate in the 43rd LAC.

Announcements & Reminders

Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
If you took photos at the 2015 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, please send them to Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org. To see photos from the event, click here.

In Memory of Thelma Becker
We were saddened to learn that SNA Past President Thelma Becker passed away in February. Our sympathy goes out to her family and friends. A number of Past Presidents made contributions to the School Nutrition Foundation in memory of Thelma, who served as SNA President in 1986-87. To make a gift in memory of Thelma Becker, 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 by providing education and professional development, research, and scholarships. 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 will have a booth in the SNA Marketplace (near SNA Member Services Booth) at the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Salt Lake in July. During ANC, attendees will be encouraged to stop by and make contributions to the 2015 Annual Fund. Would you be willing to help for a couple of hours? You would have the opportunity to ask your friends to join you in participating in the "Individual Giving Campaign: Lighting the Way.” You can encourage SNA members in your state to get on board. If you are interested in helping, please contact Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org.

Did You Know?
72% of all philanthropic giving in the United States came from individual donors in 2013. If you add bequests, which also come from individuals, that total rises to 80%.

In 2013, individual giving increased by 4.2% while giving by corporations declined 1.9%.

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