A Message from Your SNA President-elect
Summer is upon us. This time every year I feel a sense of accomplishment for all the work and progress we have made in the district, and it focuses my attention on the vision for next year and beyond. This is true for my work with SNA -- the last two years have been filled with learning and listening to help me focus on my upcoming year as your president. Of course, when this year began, I thought we would have final rules on the remaining portions of the Healthy Hungrer-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). Who would have thought that we would not have a new Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), nearly 6 years after passage of HHFKA, and that we would once again be facing the conversation about block grants.

Our governance has allowed us to allocate resources to our core competencies of advocacy and education. We have had many successes this year: membership is at an all-time high and our webinars are timely and provide excellent training, with the potential to reach every member. The Board has pinpointed a key area of concern of industry members with a spotlight on procurement. Our advocacy team has been in all 535 offices on the Hill, and SNA was instrumental in the bipartisan agreement with the Senate on CNR. We have been and will continue to be proactive on issues such as block grants.

ANC is the highlight of the year, and this year promises over 100 excellent education sessions and over 900 exhibits on the floor. My feet are already sore! It will be my privilege to be installed as your 2016-17 SNA president at Wednesday’s Closing General Session. I hope many of you are able to attend. I want to thank each of you who have given words of encouragement and who have volunteered to serve on committees. Just think of the synergy and energy we have when we work together toward our common goal of nourishing children’s bodies and souls. Have a great summer and I’ll see you in San Antonio!

Thank you all for your service,

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


According to SNA's 2015 School Nutrition Trends Report, approximately one-quarter of SNA districts use chef partnerships/recipe development to promote healthier school food choices.


July 10-13, 2016
Annual National Conference
San Antonio, TX

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Special Alert

SNA Members Take Action
Last week, SNA updated members on proposed legislation to block grant school meal programs. SNA members have responded, sending more than 9,000 letters to Congress in opposition of block grants. There is still time to contact your House member and Senators. Click here to take action. SNA issued a press release opposing the legislation and urging Congress to pass a bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that protects school meal programs, including increased funding and the Senate agreement on nutrition standards. Specifically, SNA opposes the House bill’s three state school meal block grant pilot project and a provision to limit school eligibility for CEP, the Community Eligibility Provision. Learn more about the danger of block grants by reading this fact sheet and FAQs.

Important Announcements

ANC 2016 Pre-registered Attendee List Now Available
SNA’s Annual Conference in San Antonio is just a few weeks away and InFocus, SNA’s list manager, is now taking orders for the ANC 2016 pre-registered attendee mailing list.


  • Non-SNA members: $300 per 1000 contacts
  • SNA members: $275 per 1000 contacts

For more information and to order, contact InFocus directly at (800)708-5478 or sales@infocusmarketing.com. View the data card here.

Go Mobile at ANC
If you are attending SNA’s Annual National conference (ANC) in San Antonio, you don’t want to miss this webinar. Get the inside scoop on everything you need to know about ANC from exploring the mobile app to building your own agenda to having a unique conference experience. Tune in on June 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm EDT to find out why ANC is the “School Nutrition Event of the Year!” Register now.

Fall 2016 Industry Boot Camp
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 Has a New Look…Same Great Advertising Options!
At just shy of 200 pages, the June/July 2016 issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning magazine, is a record-breaker, and it also boasts the first graphic redesign in nine years. Offering the same quality content mix of solutions and strategies, it features several new columns. Now’s the time for your company to connect with our 57,000 readers. Contact bboyce@rmi.net (Midwest and West Coast) and lisaturner@LMTmedia.com (East Coast) to learn about advertising options.

Annual National Conference Reminders

ANC16 Exhibit Hall Webinar – Exhibitor Attendance Required
We’re excited that you’re a part of the “School Nutrition Event of the Year.” To help you prepare, SNA will be presenting an Exhibit Hall webinar on Thursday, June 16, 2016 (from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm EDT) to guide you through everything you must know to exhibit at ANC16 in San Antonio, TX. We will cover requirements from the San Antonio Health Department, the correct coverage for the Certificate of Insurance, official SNA vendors providing services and other important information regarding the tradeshow. This webinar is MANDATORY. Please have one representative from your organization attend, so that he/she can educate everyone on the compliance requirements with the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the San Antonio Health Department. Click here to register for the webinar.

ANC 2016 San Antonio Exhibitor Service Kit
The new ANC 2016 (San Antonio) Exhibitor Service Kit is available through GES/Global Experience Specialist, SNA’s official trade show decorator. The Exhibitor Service Kit will assist you with the rental of utilities, furniture, services and accessories. It can be found online here. Please contact Crystal-Harper Pierre at (301) 686-3140, or email charper@schoolnutrition.org if you have any questions.

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 ANC attendees. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot no later than June 22, 2016. Don’t miss out!
[New Product Showcase Application]

Culinary Demonstrations: Only One Spot Left!
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. The one remaining space is available for purchase at $3,300. You must be exhibiting at ANC in order to present.
[Culinary Demonstration Application]

Hosted Events During ANC
If you are planning to host a sales meeting or reception during ANC, please complete the Meeting Room Request Form and we will assist you in locating a room at one of the official hotels or in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. If you have any questions, please contact SNA Meetings Manager Nita Artis at eartis@schoolnutrition.org or (301) 686-3127.
[Affiliate Event Guidelines]

Exhibitor Registration
SNA has planned an outstanding series of education sessions and General Sessions in addition to Exhibit Hall time. We encourage you to attend these sessions and learn more about the child nutrition industry. Each company receives five (5) complimentary badges per 10x10 booth space purchased. Additional badges are $100 each and will not be processed without payment. Online registration allows you to make changes and additions to your badge order up until site closing Thursday, June 30, 2016. (Badges will not be mailed, but available for pick up onsite at the registration desk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center).
[Register for your booth badges through EPIC]

Exhibitor Housing
New this year, all exhibitors must register for badges before they will be provided access to the SNA housing system and the discounted rates at the official ANC 2016 hotels. This change in procedure is designed to help the Association better control the inventory of available rooms, ensuring that a greater number of exhibitors will have the opportunity to book their first-choice hotels on their preferred dates and still receive SNA’s discounted rates.

  1. You MUST register for your badge first.

  2. EPIC/Expo Logic (our official registration company) will forward you a confirmation receipt that will contain a confirmation number and the link to the housing site.

  3. Click on the housing site link within the confirmation receipt and you will be able to reserve your hotel rooms.

If you wish to reserve a block of rooms, please call Conference Direct, the SNA Housing Call Center, at (877) 440-7549; Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm EST or email sna@conferencedirect.com.

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 ASAP.
[Certificate of Insurance]

Legislative & Regulatory Update

New Federal Register Notice on Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals
This notice announces the availability of a draft guidance entitled ‘‘Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods.’’ The draft guidance, when finalized, will describe the Food and Drug Administration’s views on voluntary short-term and long-term goals for sodium reduction in a variety of identified categories of foods that are commercially processed, packaged, or prepared. These goals are intended to address the excessive intake of sodium in the current population and promote improvements in public health. Written comments on Issues 1 through 4 are due by August 31, 2016; and comments on Issues 5 through 8 are due by October 31, 2016.

Increase Your Booth Traffic at ANC
The School Nutrition Event of the Year is next month! You can drive more attendees to your booth at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) with an ad in the “All Trails Lead to ANC” e-blasts leading up to the conference or the “ANC E-Daily” e-blasts. There is limited availability, so contact your advertising representative ASAP! Click here for more information.

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