A Message from Your SNA Industry Representative
Your Industry Advisory Council (IAC) met for the first time at Committee Days in October. The meeting was a fast-paced, topic-filled gathering. The IAC has several Board Charges to accomplish this year, and the extra meeting time at Committee Days gave us an opportunity to dig right in.

The group spent time developing the two Industry Education Sessions for SNIC and LAC, and talked about the potential of a Program for Patrons at NLC 2018. Additionally, we provided feedback to the SNA Director of Federal Affairs on the potential impact to industry if the Block Grant Pilots moves forward.

Please remember the importance of your role as an industry member in this great Association. SNA needs your insights and expertise as we seek to address current challenges and those that are sure to come our way in the future.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the Patron meeting on November 16th and certainly at SNIC17 in Orlando.


Gary Vonck
SNA Industry Representative

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More than 20% of SNA districts surveyed use offer made-to-order items according to School Nutrition Operations Report 2016.


January 22-24, 2017
School Nutrition Industry Conference
Orlando, FL

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Important Announcements

Putting the Procurement Pieces Together
To better understand and quantify the current state of procurement, the School Nutrition Association Board of Directors appointed a Task Force in Fall 2015 to explore the issue. The outcome of the group’s meetings is Solving the Procurement Puzzle: Managing the Complexities of Doing Business in K-12 School Foodservice. The report is a must-read for school nutrition directors, district business officials and procurement officers, manufacturers, distributors and state agency personnel.

Give Back to SNF on Giving Tuesday
The School Nutrition Foundation will celebrate Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016 and encourages you to support its Annual Fund with an individual gift. Get involved to celebrate the power of “giving back,” and take an “unselfie” that indicates why you support SNF (it may just appear on the website). Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/GivingTuesday for more information. Please note, AccuTemp and its employees will donate $20 for each new gift made on Giving Tuesday. So, if you haven’t given before, your donation will mean additional funds for the Foundation.

Celebrate School Nutrition Heroes in 2017
Now is the time to sign up as a sponsor of the signature event of the School Nutrition Foundation. The Celebration, which is the only fundraising event for the Foundation, raises dollars for the programs that benefit School Nutrition and SNA members. Please consider being a 2017 Celebration Sponsor. For more information, contact SNF Director of Development, Janet Hedrick.

Keep Us in the Loop About Your “This & That”!
Did you know that School Nutrition’s monthly “This & That” department includes details about new K-12 school foodservice products, resources, websites and contests? Keep SN magazine on your media list, so we receive press releases about your latest and greatest, and you just may see it mentioned in a future issue. Check that your public relations list is updated with the correct contact information: New Products Editor, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD, 20745 or snmagazine@schoolnutrition.org.

Upcoming Webinars
Developing an Online School Meals Application 
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Learn key features to consider so that online applications can simplify the process for staff and families while reducing errors. Hear from a local school nutrition administrator about the benefits and challenges of online applications.

Blend It, Flip It, Top It, Wrap It, Stuff It, Customize It: Six Flavorful Strategies For Increasing Vegetable Consumption 
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Join Chef Matt Poling and #Social Media Guru Dayle Hayes to learn six successful strategies—beyond side dishes and salad bars—to serve more veggies in school meals.


Become a Sponsor at the School Nutrition Industry Conference
Now is the time to contact SNA to increase your visibility at SNIC and help build brand familiarity with potential customers. For sponsorship opportunities please see our 2017 Sponsorship Brochure. For more information, please contact Business Development Associate, Nicolette Daleske at (301) 686-3073 or ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org.

SNIC 2017 Tabletop Displays – only 15 left!
Increase your impact at SNIC in Orlando, FL with a Tabletop Display! Applications are now available online. Spaces are limited so act fast! Tabletop Displays are $2,250. Questions? Contact Nicolette Daleske at ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org or Crystal Harper-Pierre at charper@schoolnutrition.org.

ANC 2017 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.

Be a Part of One of the Highlights of ANC – 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 demos will be available for purchase of $3,300 each. You must be exhibiting at ANC17 in order to present a demo.
[Culinary Demo application]

2017 ANC New Product Showcase
Enhance your visibility at ANC by displaying your product within the New Produce Showcase.  The Showcase is a one-of-a-kind display of the new products, services and equipment positioned outside of 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.  Slots are available on a first-come, first-served-basis. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and reserve your spot no later than May 31, 2016. Don’t miss out!
[New Product Showcase application]

Legislative & Regulatory Update

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Year in Review
To help SNA members and other school nutrition advocates prepare to educate new and returning members about top priorities, SNA’s legislative team has compiled the following look back at what happened, what didn’t and SNA’s ongoing role. Read the full update in SNA’s news story, here.

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