A Message from Your SNA President-elect
It is a little known fact that National School Lunch Week (NSLW) was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. For over fifty years, school nutrition professionals, school officials, students, parents, communities and various advocacy groups have celebrated this nationally-recognized nutrition program for its contributions to students’ health and well-being and academic success. After decades of serving the needs of all students, we have much to celebrate in school nutrition communities across the country!

According to a recent survey of SNA members, 73% indicated that celebrating NSLW helps them achieve their goals, and more than 80% say it helps them increase student participation.

Publicly celebrating NSLW has been shown to increase student participation in the Federally-assisted school meal programs, reinforce positive messages to parents that schools are offering the most nutritious, appealing, affordable meals possible and engage community advocates and other stakeholders in spreading the word that school meals make a tremendous difference in the daily lives and future successes of students.

Celebrating NSLW is also an important time to celebrate and pay tribute to our committed, caring and conscientious industry partners who strive for excellence in meeting the demands of the K-12 school nutrition marketplace. As valued leaders in this dynamic industry, you are instrumental in shaping the overall school nutrition environment by helping to ensuring school nutrition administrators have access to foods, beverages, supplies, equipment, technology and other resources required to operate state-of-the art nutrition programs. Your leadership in the K-12 marketplace leads to continuous improvement and product development, program expansion, innovation, and sustainability. Celebrating NSLW means we celebrate you and your tireless efforts to promote quality, integrity and accountability which is the foundation of this important education program that contributes to the lives of students, families and communities.

On behalf of the 58,000 members of SNA, we salute you, our valued Industry partners, during NSLW!

Sincerely,

Lynne Harvey, Ed.D., RDN, LDN, FAND, SNS
SNA President-elect


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Over half of SNA districts surveyed use Smarter Lunchroom techniques according to SNA's School Nutrition Operations Report 2016.

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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.

Nominiate School Nutrition Heroes for 2017
We need your help to identify that extraordinary SNA member who goes far above and beyond his or her responsibilities in school nutrition to make a difference in his or her school and/or community. Nomination criteria and nomination forms are available on the SNF website. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 21.

ANC16 Secret Shopper Finds
In its October issue, School Nutrition reveals the results of an undercover shopping team’s mission at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) this summer. These volunteer “Secret Shoppers,” from all levels of the school nutrition profession, hit the Exhibit Hall floor to gather intel on the most innovative and intriguing products and solutions for K-12 foodservice. See the products and vendors that earned the most recognition and enthusiastic Shopper comments.

Upcoming SNA Webinars
Tempting Teens to Eat School Breakfast
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, October 19
Learn how to use the 4 Ps of marketing to optimize your breakfast program and attract secondary students to eat breakfast at school.

Celebrating National Farm to School Month with USDA
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, October 26
In celebration of National Farm to School Month, this webinar will highlight available USDA resources and showcase how farm-to-school strategies can boost participation, reduce food waste and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Reminders

2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC)
Are you ready for a high-level meeting experience and three days of unparalleled learning? Look no further! Whether you’re new to SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) or a seasoned attendee, the upcoming conference (January 22-24, 2017) in Orlando, Florida, promises to provide you with fresh perspectives, innovative ideas and tangible solutions to key challenges in school nutrition. “Imagination + knowledge = INNOVATION,” that’s what the conference program is all about. We’ll share ideas for tapping into creativity and fostering innovation in the workplace.

Join us a day early to take advantage of even more SNIC 2017 educational opportunities with this professionally rewarding bonus session with your needs in mind.

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Let’s Talk: How to Properly Document Meal Pattern Requirements for Child Nutrition (CN) Programs
This USDA session is designed to help food manufacturers navigate the CN Labeling process and prepare an acceptable Product Formulation Statement (PFS). Come learn the ABCs on how to become an authorized CN Label vendor: practice preparing a CN Labeling application (FSIS Form 7234-1) and gain a better understanding of the QC approval process and what to expect during a verification service. This session will also provide a step-by-step walk through on how to prepare a manufacturer’s PFS for: meat/meat alternates, grain-based and multiple component food items. Participants will be able to explain the purpose of a PFS, why it is important to CN program operators, and identify the five key components that must be included on a PFS to make it acceptable.

SNIC 2017 Tabletop Displays
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.

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. Contact Crystal Harper-Pierre at (301) 686-3140 or charper@schoolnutrition.org, to reserve your space.

Legislative & Regulatory Update

Campaign Corner: The Candidates on School Nutrition
Food policy hasn’t been a frequent topic of discussion among the presidential candidates this election season. However, both candidates have touched on the subject. Read a summary on their agriculture and school meal policy in this recent Tuesday Morning edition.

Food and Drug Administration Revisiting the Term “Healthy” in Labeling
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that they are soliciting comments on the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of food products. The public are asked to comment on the term “healthy” as a nutrient claim and on specific questions contained in this document. The FDA is also accepting comments on a guidance issued to industry regarding the use of the term “healthy” on food products.

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