Scott Swogger is the CEO and President of AccuTemp Products. Swogger is the former chair of the Foundation Board and also served on the SNF Task Force for restructuring of the SNF Board. As chair of the SNF Board, he led the effort to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation in 2014 and was instrumental in launching the signature event for the Foundation, the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, that year. He was also named the 2016 SNA Industry Member of the Year and was recently profiled in the October 2016 issue of School Nutrition magazine.
Welcome to New Members of the SNF Board of Directors
Following the election process over the summer, five new members joined the SNF Board this fall. New members include:
• Debbi Beauvais, New York
• Scott Benne, Ohio
• Shirley Brown, California
• Mike Burke, Missouri
• Joanne Kinsey, Virginia
2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
We have started planning for the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. The date is Monday, April 3, 2017, at the JW Marriott during the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C.
AdvancePierre Foods has agreed to generously support the event as the PREMIER Sponsor again in 2017. As of October 3, five companies have made commitments as LEADERS, two as CHAMPIONS, and five as SUPPORTERS. A Celebration Corporate Committee is contacting others to enlist their support as Sponsors of the 2017 Celebration. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Nominations of Heroes – Deadline Extended
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 as a 2017 School Nutrition Hero. The deadline for nominations has been extended. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, October 28, 2016. Visit the SNA website to review the Nomination Criteria and Nomination Form.
SNF State Ambassadors
In the past, the Foundation had representatives in each state. To renew that program and to spread the word about the Foundation and its programs, the SNF State Ambassador program was launched in 2016. As of October 12, forty-three states have SNF Ambassadors. The ambassadors have helped at ANC, have set up tables, and have made presentations at state conferences and meetings. The impact is a positive one! The 2016 Annual Fund is ahead of 2015 by 49% as of September 1. View the name of your State Ambassador.
Annual Fund 2016
The 2016 Annual Fund has started strong and with less than 100 days left in the year, now is the time to make your online contribution! The theme for this year’s 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.
The state affiliates are hard at work to meet the goals required to get dollars back for scholarships for members in their respective states. Here’s an update on their progress:
• States with 1-500 members: West Virginia has surpassed the 3% mark with 3.7%. South Dakota is approaching the mark with 2.3% to date.
• States with 501-1,000+ members: Illinois leads all states with 5.8% and New York has topped 3% with 3.4% participation.
• States with 1,000+ members: This division has higher totals to reach these benchmarks but are continuing to make progress.
In addition to reaching the percentage participation goals, the states also need to meet minimum dollar goals to receive dollars back. The dollar amounts vary according to the size of the state affiliate. To make a contribution through your state’s fundraising page, click here, or to see who in your state has already contributed, click here.
Giving Tuesday 2016
Get ready for Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016! Consider getting SNA members and others in your state involved. Encourage them to post “UNselfies” and to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Visit the Giving Tuesday page for more ideas!
Challenge for Giving Tuesday
AccuTemp and its employees have supported Giving Tuesday since 2014 and is continuing its generosity in 2016. To encourage participation on Giving Tuesday, AccuTemp and its employees will donate $20 for every new donor who makes a contribution on Giving Tuesday. If you have not made a contribution in 2014 or 2015, and make a contribution of $10 or more on Giving Tuesday, November 29, your gift will mean an additional $20 for the Foundation. To make a gift online, visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/SNF.
Scholarships in 2016
Fifty-four (54) scholarships totaling $45,500 have been awarded to SNA members in 2016 for attendance at conferences and for educational pursuits. View the names of the 2015-16 scholarship recipients here.
PepsiCo Foodservice provided funding for scholarships for SNA members who attended their first Annual National Conference in 2016.
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 24 for 2016-17 have been awarded through the generosity of Schwan’s.
Other scholarships include SNF Professional Growth Scholarships, the Nancy Curry Award, and the Sandi Brooker Award.
Kathleen Stitt Award
The recipient of the 2016 Kathleen Stitt Award was Tracee Watkins. She is a doctoral student in Hospitality & Dietetics Administration at Kansas State University (KSU) and her School Nutrition Showcase poster session was titled, “Time and Temperature Control of Foods in the Summer Food Service Program.” As principal investigator on this project, Watkins worked with several others at the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs at KSU to conduct the research.
In addition to grants for scholarships, the Foundation awards two equipment grants annually, one from Winston Industries and the second from Baxter Equipment Company. Within hours of announcing each of the equipment grants, the first 50 applications to be considered for each award were received. After a competitive grant process, both equipment grants were awarded to Lori Drenth, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition Service in Hernando County, Fla. The Winston Industries Equipment Grant provided ten pieces of equipment and the Baxter Equipment for Education Grant provided a Mini Rotating Rack Convection Oven and $500 to use toward registration and travel expenses for ANC.
2017 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow
Members of SNA who are interested in receiving the 2017 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 recipient in 2017 will be the fifth SNA member to be named a Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow and will travel to the nation’s capital in April 2017 to participate in LAC. Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2016.
Make an Impact: Join the 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 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 SNF. 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. Those who include SNF in their wills or a codicil or make SNF one of the beneficiaries of a retirement plan or life insurance are recognized as members of the School Nutrition Legacy Circle.
Fight to Reduce Food Waste
The Foundation is partnering with the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) to conduct a school cafeteria waste study in 2016-17. The School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) was developed to quantify both food waste and related wastes (such as recyclables) generated in cafeterias at K-12 schools nationally. The Foundation is requesting the help of elementary, middle and high schools, as well as private K-12 institutions, across the United States to gather data that could aid in significantly reducing waste in schools. To register your school, please visit www.erefdn.org or send an e-mail to SCRAP@erefdn.org.
Breakfast in the Classroom
The Foundation in collaboration with the Food 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 have announced Cycle 4 of the project, which is a three-year expansion of the program which began in 2010 with support from the Walmart Foundation.
The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant is available to high-need schools and districts in Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah to cover the upfront costs associated with the startup and implementation of breakfast in the classroom, such as purchasing equipment, outreach efforts to parents, program promotion, and other related expenses.
Visit http://breakfastintheclassroom.org/grants for more information on grant criteria and how to apply for funding. If you have any questions about the grant, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afterschool Meals/Supper Programs
Working with Share Our Strength, the Foundation assisted in a study of various afterschool meals/supper programs across the nation. The findings of the study included that afterschool meals/supper programs are often offered in the community by organizations that do not have the skills that a school nutrition foodservice department has to provide healthy meals at reasonable costs. A resource guide was developed to help school districts who wish to begin or expand these programs, and is available on the SNA website.
Announcements & Reminders
School Nutrition Heroes in School Nutrition Magazine
The May 2016 issue of School Nutrition magazine included a report on the 2016 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.
Federal Employees Can Support SNF
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 Foundation is an approved charity for the 2016 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. In 2015, SNF received over $1,000 through the CFC Campaign.
When you make an online contribution to the 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.
Highlights of ANC 2016
The Foundation’s booth at the 2016 Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio provided excitement again in 2016. Volunteers invited SNA members from their respective states to stop by and make a contribution. 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 204 contributions were made totaling $8,182 for an increase in number of gifts of 124% as compared to contributions at ANC 2015. The increase in total was 149% compared to the prior year at ANC. The average gift was over $40 compared to $37 in 2015.