A Message from the Chair of the School Nutrition Foundation
As we begin looking forward to the 2016 Annual National Conference in San Antonio, I want to share with you some of the exciting things that are happening at the Foundation.

Let me begin by thanking everyone who attended the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. We recognized five extraordinary SNA members and we raised more than $130,000! The net revenue exceeded the amount raised in either of the previous two years and was more than twice the amount netted in 2015. We had a total of 315 attendees, which was the largest attendance in the three years of the event. Be sure to save the date of Monday, April 3, 2017, for the fourth annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes. You can begin nominating those extraordinary people who go above and beyond their school nutrition responsibilities to make a difference in their schools and community. Nominations are due in October, but you are welcome to submit your nominations now.

The School Nutrition Foundation is pleased to welcome its State Ambassadors for 2016. These state representatives will be promoting the Foundation and its programs in their respective states. They will also be encouraging support of the Annual Fund. The Ambassadors will be spearheading the competition among the states to attain goals that will qualify the states for funding from the Foundation for scholarships for professional development and for first-time attendance at SNA conferences.

A number of new programs are being reviewed and considered by the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Over the rest of 2015-16 and throughout 2016-17, the School Nutrition Foundation will be determining the feasibility of these concepts and will be seeking funding in collaboration with other organizations that share our interest in school nutrition.

I hope to see you at ANC! Be sure and enjoy the educational program planned for the conference and take time to enjoy San Antonio. Thank you for your continued support of the School Nutrition Foundation as we strive to advance the school nutrition profession and to nourish the children of our nation.

Sandra Ford
Chair, School Nutrition Foundation


In late 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established a goal to divert 50% of food waste from landfills by 2030.

July 8-13, 2016
SNA Annual National Conference: School Nutrition Foundation Booth in the Marketplace
San Antonio, Texas

October 21, 2016
Deadline for 2017 School Nutrition Heroes Nominations

November 28, 2016
Giving Tuesday

April 3, 2017
Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
Washington, D.C.

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News & Updates

Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
The third annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, which was held on Monday, February 29, was the most successful to date with net revenue surpassing $130,000, more than twice the net revenue of the prior year’s event, and an attendance of 315 individuals. The event is the only fundraising event for the School Nutrition Foundation and raises funds for scholarships for SNA members.

The date for the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes is Monday, April 3, 2017, at the J.W. Marriott during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC).

SNF and Share Our Strength Project on Afterschool Meals/Supper Programs Update
The project has included in-depth interviews with representatives from ten school districts that currently offer afterschool meals/supper programs and one conference call with representatives of the ten districts to review the trends emerging from the interviews. The School Nutrition Foundation and Share Our Strength, who have conducted these interviews and the conference call together, are in the final stages of developing A Guide to Starting and Improving Your Afterschool Meals Program. The guide will be co-branded and will be introduced at the Annual National Conference in July along with a session that will provide attendees with the key findings of the project.

A secondary result of the project is a discussion of other collaborative opportunities for the School Nutrition Foundation and Share Our Strength in the coming year.

Breakfast in the Classroom Update
The Walmart Foundation has approved a 3-year $7.5 million grant to support the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom [School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), National Education Association (NEA), and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)] for 2016-18. Much of the funding will be distributed in grants to school districts in the ten states on which Cycle 4 is focused: Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The grant represents the fourth award to the Partners since the project began in 2010.

At a roundtable session at the Annual National Conference in San Antonio, four short videos will be unveiled. The videos, which are designed to obtain assistance from various stakeholders for Breakfast in the Classroom, were funded through the Cycle 3 Walmart Grant. See www.breakfastintheclassroom.org for more details about Breakfast in the Classroom.

SNF State Ambassadors
The Board of Directors of the School Nutrition Foundation suggested having state representatives for the Foundation in 2016. The representatives, called State Ambassadors, have the role of educating the members of their respective states about the Foundation and its resources and programs, as well as to encourage support of the Annual Fund. As of Friday, June 3, only eight states had not named their State Ambassadors for 2016. To learn more, click here.

State Incentive for Annual Fund 2016
The Board of Directors of the School Nutrition Foundation has approved a State Incentive plan for the 2016 Annual Fund. State affiliates who have 3% participation and meet specific dollar goals based on the size of the affiliate will have 20% of the total contributed available for scholarships for SNA members in that state. If the state affiliate reaches 5% participation and a specific dollar goal, the percentage available for scholarships increases to 25%. To learn more, click here.

Volunteer at ANC
After the success of last year in recruiting volunteers to assist at the SNF Booth at the Annual National Conference, the Foundation is once again seeking help. Prior to last year, the SNF Booth had always been assisted by members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Past Presidents. In total, fifty individuals assisted in 2015 telling visitors to the booth about the Foundation and encouraging them to support the Annual Fund. Donors added their name and state to a flip chart and rang a bell when gifts were made. The group of volunteers had some fun while helping to promote the Foundation. This year, the booth is bigger and we have a bigger bell! To sign up and join in on the fun, click here.

Announcements & Reminders

Nominations of School Nutrition Heroes for 2017
The nomination process for 2017 School Nutrition Heroes is open. The heroes are those individuals who go far beyond their responsibilities to have an impact in their schools and their communities. Unlike Director, Manager, or Employee of the Year, the School Nutrition Heroes are the men and women who distinguish themselves by their involvement beyond their jobs to make a difference in the lives of others in the school and in the community where they serve.

To review the criteria for the 2017 School Nutrition Heroes and to learn more about the 2016 and 2015 awardees, click here. To access the Nominations Form for 2017, click here. While nominations are not due until Friday, October 21, consider submitting your nomination now.

Sponsors for the 2017 Celebration for School Nutrition Heroes
The success of the 2016 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes is directly related to the level of corporate support which the event received. These sponsors were listed in the May 2016 issue of School Nutrition magazine and are listed on the School Nutrition Foundation section of SchoolNutrition.org. To see the names of sponsors, click here. These are only two of the benefits that sponsors receive for their support of the annual fundraising event.

We are pleased to announce that AdvancePierre Foods has agreed to serve as the Premier sponsor again in 2017. For the third year, the company has stepped up to provide leadership. President of AdvancePierre Jim Clough notes, “We have passion for this cause!”

We are inviting industry partners to join in support of the 2017 event as sponsors. Those who have supported the event in the past are being asked to renew their support and others are being invited to join the group of supporters. The number of sponsors totaled 24 in 2016 and the goal for 2017 is to secure 6 new supporters to bring the total to thirty. To learn about sponsorships for 2017, click here.

New Video: “Why I Support SNF”
At the Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio, a new video will be debuted at the School Nutrition Foundation SNF Booth in the Marketplace. In 2015, a number of individuals were recorded at ANC talking about why they support the School Nutrition Foundation. These segments have been brought together with music and will be running each day during ANC. In addition, you are invited to stop by and complete the statement "I’m ‘lighting the way’ with my gift because…" and have your photo taken. You may see your photo on the School Nutrition Foundation section of SchoolNutrition.org following ANC.

Annual Fund 2016
The promotion of the 2016 Annual Fund will be evident at the Annual National Conference in San Antonio. Those who have contributed to the 2016 Annual Fund since January 1 will have “Annual Fund” name badge ribbons and will be donning the new 2016 Annual Fund gold lapel pin. Those who make contributions at ANC will also be wearing the ribbons and pins. When you see them, please say “Thank You.” If you haven’t made your contribution to the 2016 Annual Fund, you can make your tax-deductible online contribution today.

SN Sustainer’s Circle
Consider making a sustaining gift in 2016! You can set up a monthly gift online to make a gift larger than you might otherwise be able to make. It’s easy. You can choose to give $5, $10, $25 or more each month to provide a steady flow of support to the Annual Fund. Making a monthly recurring gift qualifies you as a member of the Sustainer’s Circle. Last year, we had five individuals who made recurring gifts to the Annual Fund and we have two others who have become members of the Sustainer’s Circle in 2016. To make a recurring gift, click here and choose the frequency of monthly, quarterly, or annual.

Legacy Circle
To have a long-term impact, why not consider a Legacy Gift? An easy way to make a gift that will serve the school nutrition profession and will help feed America’s children for years to come is to name the School Nutrition Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA, other retirement fund, or insurance policy. Or you may want to consider including SNF in your will or in a codicil to your will. You don’t need to change your will; you can add a codicil to make a contribution to the School Nutrition Foundation or to other causes about which you care.

You may find that a Legacy Gift has tax advantages for you and your family. When you make a Legacy Gift, please let us know so we can recognize you for your thoughtful commitment by welcoming you to the School Nutrition Legacy Circle. For more information on making a legacy gift to SNF, click here.

Scholarships for 2016-17
Congratulations to those named as recipients of Professional Development Scholarships for 2016-17. These scholarships may be used for tuition and books for classes leading to a degree in a field associated with school nutrition. The scholarships were available beginning June 1 and may be used through May 31, 2017. Schwan’s Food Service continues to provide generous support annually for a number of the professional development scholarships. To view the recipients of 2016-17 scholarships, click here.

Twenty individuals will be attending ANC for the first time in 2016 in San Antonio through the ANC First-Timer Scholarship program, which is funded by PepsiCo Foodservice. The recipients of these awards, who are either in the manager or employee category for SNA membership, are nominated by their district directors. Each recipient will receive $500 to be used for registration and/or travel expenses associated with attending ANC. To view the recipients, click here.

The Kathleen Stitt Award is presented to a full-time student or faculty member who is participating in the ANC School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase. The winner for 2016 is Tracee Watkins from Kansas.

Equipment Awards
The School Nutrition Foundation awarded two equipment grants this spring. Hernando County (Fla.) School District is the recipient of both the Baxter Equipment for Education Grant and the Winston Industries Equipment Grant. Baxter provides a Mini Rotating Rack Convection Oven and Winston Industries provides ten pieces of equipment for the district. Lori Drenth, the director for Hernando County, noted that the new equipment will help her and her staff improve both nutrition and the appearance of the food served, and create new menu items for students, all in an effort to boost access to and participation in school meals. You can read more here and here.

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