A Message from Your SNA President-elect
It is such a privilege to serve as SNA’s President-Elect! I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to serving in a manner that promotes the BEST for the future of our association. I also look forward to serving you, our amazing industry partners, as we work together to build upon our strong, collaborative, innovative and productive partnership. I have great respect for and confidence in the work you do and the active role you play in our association. Thank you for your many contributions to help make our association the authoritative source for all things “school nutrition.”

This year promises to be an exciting one for our association. SNA’s governance structure has enabled us to be more proactive in addressing issues of interest and concern to the school nutrition community. Under this new structure, the association is more “nimble” than ever and is better prepared to be proactive on matters that are important to the membership. I look forward to continuing the work of our President, Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, who initiated the Procurement Task Force last year. The task force worked diligently to conduct a “deep dive” into the world of school nutrition procurement…from start to finish (although it really never ends). The work of the task force will culminate in a white paper that will help us all understand the current procurement environment. It will then be up to us to address some of the challenges and opportunities that exist in the complex process of obtaining and providing goods and services to the nation’s school nutrition programs.

As a result of the success of the Procurement Task Force, the Board of Directors agreed to appoint another task force; this work group will address the ethics involved in the procurement of goods and services for the nation’s school nutrition programs. This task force is soon to be appointed. I believe the work of task forces such as these will continue to strengthen the association’s future by examining difficult issues and seeking positive, productive and mutually beneficial solutions while promoting public trust in the overall school nutrition community.

I look forward to getting to know you in the coming weeks and months. While I have worked in the school nutrition programs over five decades, I still have a lot to learn and I welcome the opportunity to learn from you!

Sincerely,

Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND, SNS
SNA President-elect


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According to SNA's 2015 School Nutrition Trends Report, approximately one-third of SNA districts identified increased breakfast participation as a factor that has benefitted their program’s financial health the most over the previous two school years

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2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC):
SNIC will be held January 22-24, 2017 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Orlando. This year's theme is "Imagination + Knowledge = Innovation." A host of learning labs and general sessions with school nutrition innovators from across the country will cover the latest topics and best practices in the profession including innovative menu planning and recipe ideas, best practices to grow supper programs, leadership techniques, school nutrition ethics, and much more! SNIC 2017 has something for everyone. Save the Date and keep a look out for registration to open in early October!

SNIC Innovative Solution Sessions & Table-top Displays
Sign-ups will be on a first come, first served basis. There are only 15 Innovative Solution Sessions and 50 Display Tabletop spots! Applications will be available beginning on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Act Fast! Innovative Solution Sessions are $3,500 and Table-top Displays are $2,250, or participate in both for only $5,500. For more information click here or contact Nicolette Daleske at ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org or Crystal Harper-Pierre charper@schoolnutrition.org.

Fall 2016 Industry Boot Camp - Limited Space!
Don’t miss SNA’s Fall Industry Boot Camp, November 9-10, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. Only two seminars are offered each year and seating is limited. Sessions include an in-depth look at school meal regulations and menu-planning, a cafeteria tour, USDA updates and an exclusive, two-hour director panel with the opportunity to ask your own questions! Click here for more information and to register.

SN Magazine Welcomes Gayle Massey, New Western Regional Sales Manager
School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, is thrilled to announce the addition of Gayle Massey to our advertising team. Massey is a foodservice career veteran, gaining a passion for the industry through 25 years of business development, sales experience and food technology involvement. Gayle will be joining Barbara Boyce, National Sales Manager, and Lisa Turner, Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Click here to learn more about all digital and print advertising opportunities.

Patron Only Updates

New! SNA Virtual Expo
SNA’s new Virtual Expo will launch January 31, 2017. Reach school nutrition decision makers during the bid planning period with information about your latest products. This opportunity is reserved for Patrons this year and you must be exhibiting at ANC17 to participate. Booths are available on a first come first served basis and limited to 50 spaces. Contact SVP, Business Development & Meetings, Sherry Carrigan at scarrigan@schoolnutrition.org or 301/686-3151 to reserve your space.

Patron Meeting
Please save the date for November 16, 2016 for the Annual Patron meeting! One representative from each Patron company is allowed to attend. Please contact Sherry Carrigan at scarrigan@schoolnutrition.org or 301/686-3151 with questions.

Reminders

ANC2017 Atlanta Exhibit Hall Sign-up
Don’t miss an opportunity to network with fellow exhibitors, demo your culinary expertise, and meet influential decision-makers at the school nutrition event of the year! See available exhibit space for the Annual National Conference in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center on July 9 – 12, 2017. The early bird booth rate deadline is September 30, 2016. Contact Crystal Harper-Pierre, at 301/686-3140 or charper@schoolnutrition.org, to reserve your space.

Legislative & Regulatory Update

CBPP Report Warns Block Grants Put Children's Nutrition at Risk
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a new report on the dangers of the proposed block grant pilot project. The report, “House Proposal to Block-Grant School Meal Programs Would Put Children’s Nutrition at Risk,” outlines the variety of ways that the proposed three state block grant pilot would curb funding for school meal programs and reduce student access to healthy meals. The report also details state-by-state funding cuts under the proposal and explains how these losses would mount over time. Click here to read the complete report.

New Federal Child Nutrition Equipment Bill
Representative Gwen Moore introduced H.R.5699, the Serve More Kids Act on July 8th. The bill serves to award grants to State agencies who will in turn award subgrants to school food authorities for the purchase of equipment for school meal programs. Priority would be given to underserved populations, including children in rural and tribal communities and those eligible for free and reduced priced meals.

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