A Message from Your SNA President-elect
In early February, much of the East Coast shuttered as a winter storm piled snow onto dozens of states (In fact, as I write this, we’re totally snowbound here in Virginia!) It happens every year—though the 2016 storm was much worse than normal—and when it does, the students are thrilled but the parents go crazy. On the business end of things, schools lose revenue but still have to pay the bills, deliveries are disrupted and, at the end of it all, there’s generally a financial downtown. However, there’s a much more serious problem on snow days: kids who go hungry. With Winter Storm Jonas, thousands of meals were not accessed by the children who need them most. It was incredibly gratifying to me to see two school divisions in the Washington, D.C., area choose to open some schools to provide meals to children. It’s truly a sign of the passion of school nutrition professionals.

On a separate topic, SNIC was a great conference this year. I love listening to experts who research trends, generational differences and the future, so this was right up my alley. We had a good session on procurement, and I appreciate the work that has been done that will help us as we write our white paper. We also have a panel session planned for LAC that I believe you will enjoy. The paper is being drafted as we speak. Feedback from SNIC suggested we had all the salient points. The most important outcome will be improved success in the process.

I look forward to seeing all of you at LAC.

Sincerely,

Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS
SNA President-elect


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According to SNA's 2015 School Nutrition Trends Report, three-quarters of districts currently have or are planning nutrition education initiatives that promote healthier choices

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February 28-March 1, 2016
Legislative Action Conference
Washington, D.C.

March 7-11, 2016
National School Breakfast Week

April 21-23, 2016
National Leadership Conference
Minneapolis, MN

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Be a Sponsor at the National Leadership Conference or Annual National Conference
Now is the time to contact SNA to increase your visibility at NLC or ANC and help build brand familiarity with potential clients. For sponsorship opportunities please see our 2016 Sponsorship Brochure. For more information please contact SNA Business Development Associate Nicolette Daleske at ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org or SNA Exhibit Sales Manager Crystal Harper-Pierre charper@schoolnutrition.org.

Upcoming SNA Webinars
Awaken the Adventurous Eater in Every Student
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Join this webinar to discover how to utilize blueberries, from cooking tips and recipe ideas to flavor pairings. You will also hear about the blueberry emersion program and scratch cooking.

Food Allergy Management in Schools: What you Must Know
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Food allergies, do you know enough? If you don’t know how to prevent food allergy reactions at school, or how to respond to a severe reaction, this webinar can help.

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Presentation Now Available
AMS has made a recorded presentation available on its website to review modifications to the organic assessment exemption regulations under 23 Federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs, collectively referred to as “commodity promotion programs.” The presentation provides an opportunity for you to understand how the amendments to the exemption will be applied to businesses under each of the commodity promotion programs moving forward. The expanded exemption takes effect on February 29, 2016. The recording can be accessed here.

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  • School Nutrition’s June/July Issue: Delivered to more than 56,000 school nutrition decision-makers, this ANC edition (double issue) is jam packed with hot topic school nutrition features and all the conference details. Plus, exhibiting advertisers in this issue are eligible to participate in the popular “What’s Ruby Reading” magazine scavenger hunt.
  • ANC Program Guide: This colorful 100+ page guide provides 6,000+ ANC attendees with the onsite particulars for the “School Nutrition Event of the Year.”

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Reminders

Spring 2016 Industry Boot Camp
Don’t miss SNA’s Spring Industry Boot Camp, May 11-12, 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, cafeteria tours, 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.

Celebrating School Nutrition Heroes
Tickets are still available for the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes on Monday, February 29, 2016. You don’t want to miss this event! To order tickets or purchase a table, click here. To learn more about this event and the heroes being recognized, click here. If you have questions about SNF or the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, please contact SNF Director of Development Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org.

Annual National Conference Reminders

Submit Your Program Description for ANC
The official ANC Program Guide includes all session and event information, as well as an in-depth buyers’ guide section. It is a valuable onsite tool and future reference guide for attendees. Visit the ANC 2016 Program Guide Description Form and submit your company description by February 29, 2016.

ANC 2016 San Antonio Exhibit Hall Sign-up
Don’t miss an opportunity to meet influential decision-makers, network with fellow exhibitors and demo your culinary expertise at the school nutrition event of the year! See available exhibit space for SNA's 70th Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on July 10-13, 2016. Contact Crystal Harper-Pierre at charper@schoolnutrition.org or Nicolette Daleske at (800) 877-8822, ext. 173; ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org to reserve your space.

ANC 2016 New Product Showcase
Enhance your visibility at ANC by displaying your product in the New Produce Showcase. Display new products, services and equipment just outside the exhibit hall in a high traffic area. It is a quick and effective way to introduce and promote your product to the 6,800+ ANC attendees. Space is available on a first-come, first-served-basis. Reserve your spot no later than May 31, 2016. Don’t miss out!
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Be a Part of an ANC Exhibit Hall Highlight: Culinary Demonstrations
Culinary Demonstrations provide an opportunity to showcase your latest food products, recipes, techniques, nutrition and food presentation skills, and offer ways to enhance school meals and increase participation. These six spaces are available for purchase at $3,300 each. You must be exhibiting at ANC in order to present.
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Certificate of Insurance
It is mandatory for all companies exhibiting at ANC 2016 to carry worker’s compensation, comprehensive general liability (including products & operations), independent contractors, personal injury and blanket contractual liability. It is strongly recommended that exhibitors carry insurance to cover loss of or damage to their exhibits or other personal property while such property is located at or is in transit to or from the convention center. You cannot access your booth until SNA receives the Certificate of Insurance (COI). Please provide your COI to SNA by May 31, 2016.
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Legislative & Regulatory Update

Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill Released
The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry has released the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, legislation to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Click here to download the complete bill text. Click here to download a section by section, detailing the bill’s provisions.

SNA’s 2016 Position Paper is Posted!
SNA's 2016 Position Paper has been approved by the board and is posted to the Association's website. The paper will serve as the foundation of SNA’s legislative efforts throughout the year. A detailed explanation and background of each issue will be provided at the 2016 Legislative Action Conference and then SNA and members will advocate for these positions to Congress, USDA and the Administration. Click here to read the Position Paper. Click here to read a SNA’s Press Release.

Advertising
SNA's 2016 Annual National Conference (ANC), July 10-13, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, is fast approaching. Did you know that the official ANC conference program is distributed to upward of 6,000 attendees? Click here for information about advertising opportunities for the premier school nutrition event of the year.

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