A Message from Your SNA Industry Representative
In our world today we look to our leaders for guidance and direction. That holds true for us as members of our Association. The National Leadership Conference (NLC) is one vehicle from which we are able to see the future in front of us and receive the guidance we need to navigate it successfully.

I am in awe of those passionate, selfless people who step forward to take their shot at impacting change and guiding others. Leadership is defined as " the action of leading a group of people or an organization,” it's doesn't state old or young, short or tall.

The key words are “action of leading.” The people that I saw at NLC are committed to impacting the future of child nutrition and making their role within the State Affiliates and SNA the most affective it can be.

I want to thank all of you who have served in a role within the Association, or are just now getting involved. It doesn't come without sacrifice, but the rewards that come, that feeling in your heart, makes it all worthwhile.

To paraphrase the words of President Kennedy with a slight change: "Ask not what your association can do for you, ask what you can do for your association."

Thank you all for your service,

Gary Vonck
SNA Industry Representative


According to SNA's 2015 School Nutrition Trends Report, approximately one-third of SNA districts use social media to promote healthier school food choices.


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

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Important Announcements

Be a Sponsor at the Annual National Conference
Now is the time to contact SNA to increase your visibility at 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.

SNA Membership Numbers hit 58,000!
SNA’s membership numbers have been steadily rising in recent years, but in April we reached 58,073. This the highest our membership has been in over 15 years! Also, the Major City Director and District Director membership categories now stand 525 and 5,754. This is an increase of 67 and 330 respectively since May 2015 year-end and again some of the highest numbers we have seen in many years. We hope to see these trends continue.

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars
Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

TRENDING: What Do Your Customers Want?
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Are you meeting the needs and expectations of students and parents in your schools? Learn what students and parents want and how programs are delivering on these expectations.

Looking Ahead: Kick Off the School Year Right by Maximizing the Reach of Your School Meals Program
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Join SNA and the Food Research & Action Center to learn about effective strategies and updated tools that increase the reach of your school breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals programs.


Don’t Miss this ANC Pre-Con: It's Just for You!
Attention industry representatives: Make sure to check out the ANC 2016 pre-conference session on Saturday, July 9, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Entitled Let’s Talk: “Real Time” with Industry and USDA Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), this session will provide an overview of CNP meal programs and how the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) impact nutrition and meal pattern requirements. Industry will gain a better understanding of policy guidance for developing products that meet CNP requirements for school meals, child care, and Smart Snacks. This session will also provide a step-by-step review on how to develop acceptable documentation for Administrative Reviews (CN Labeling and Product Formulation Statements). In addition, the session will allow an opportunity for USDA and industry leaders to discuss ways to exchange views and develop collaborative strategies.

Annual National Conference Reminders

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. Your organization must be in good standing with SNA (all balances paid) in order to receive the link to the Exhibitor Service Kit. 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 May 31, 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 by May 31, 2016.
[Certificate of Insurance]

Legislative & Regulatory Update

USDA Requests Industry Support of Buy American Requirements
In a May 2nd letter to school nutrition industry stakeholders, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon requested assistance in educating sales and bid staff on Buy American Requirements. Under the NSLA, schools participating in the Federal school meal program are required to purchase domestic supplies and produce. The requirement will help promote American agriculture and will improve the ties between schools, students and American producers.

USDA Extends Whole-Grain Rich Exemptions for SY 2016-17
USDA released a memo (SP33-2016) to regional and state directors which supersedes the earlier whole grain exemption memo (SP20-2015). All temporary flexibilities approved by a state agency under this superseded memo may continue through the school year 2016-17, at the discretion of the state agency. This memo serves to reissue the previous guidance intended to help state agencies establish their own processes to evaluate and respond to whole grain exemption requests from interested school food authorities (SFAs) for one additional school year. The memo includes a Q&A that should address any questions. SNA encourages members to reach out to their state agencies for further guidance.

Increase Your Booth Traffic at ANC
The School Nutrition Event of the Year is fast approaching! You can drive more attendees to your booth at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) with an ad in the daily conference e-blast. Click here for more information.

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