A Message from Your SNA Industry Representative
As the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) kicks off another year, I begin my last year as the Industry Advisory Chair. I know many of you reading this would be wonderful for this position. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you think would be a great asset to the IAC. In the words of Olympic runner Steve Prefontaine, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”. SNA is taking nominations for the 2017-19 Industry Advisory Chair position until September 30. The application and complete Call for Nomination information may be found here.

For the first time, the Industry Advisory Council will be meeting at Committee Days in October. The discussions will be rich, covering topics like the upcoming Child Reauthorization, Block Grants (effects they may have on Industry) and SNIC Industry Sessions.

Also, this year’s Patron Meeting will be on November 16 in National Harbor. I hope to see all of you Patrons in attendance. The agenda is based on last year’s attendee feedback, and I know it will be great!

Please let me know if there are other topics you would like included on the agenda.


Gary Vonck
SNA Industry Representative

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44.5% of SNA districts offer gluten-free food options (up from 37.2% in 2014) according to SNA's School Nutrition Operations Report 2016.


November 9-10, 2016
Fall Industry Boot Camp
National Harbor, MD

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Important Announcements

SNA Releases the 2016 School Nutrition Operations Report
This report benchmarks operational practices, such as meal prices, participation, food and beverage trends and food allergies in school nutrition programs. New to this year’s report is information on breakfast practices, venues for lunch, equipment purchases and construction plans. SNA members can download a copy of the Executive Summary. The full report is available for purchase and includes detailed breakouts by district size and location.

SNIC Innovative Solution Sessions & Tabletop Displays
Increase your impact at SNIC in Orlando, FL with an Innovative Solution Session and/or Tabletop Display! Applications are now available online. Space is limited so act fast! Innovative Solution Sessions are $3,500 and Tabletop Displays are $2,250, or participate in both for only $5,500. Questions? Contact Nicolette Daleske at ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org or Crystal Harper-Pierre charper@schoolnutrition.org.

Nominiate School Nutrition Heroes for 2017
Help us identify this year’s heroes by nominating those individuals who go beyond their daily responsibilities to make a positive impact in their schools and their communities. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 21. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroesCelebration to learn more and to secure a nomination form.

Tell Us Your Latest News!
Is School Nutrition (SN) magazine on your media list, so that we receive press releases about your new products and services? Check your public relations list to see that it contains the correct contact information for SN: New Products Editor, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD, 20745; snmagazine@schoolnutrition.org. You may just see a mention in our new industry-focused section “This & That.”


Register Now: Fall 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. Sessions include interactive activities, on-site school visits, USDA updates and an exclusive director panel with the opportunity to ask your own questions! Make your hotel reservation before October 14, 2016 to receive the discounted room rate. Click here for more information and to register.

2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC)
SNIC will be held January 22-24, 2017 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Orlando. This year’s theme is “imagination + knowledge = INNOVATION.” A host of Learning Labs and General Sessions with school nutrition innovators from across the country will cover the latest topics and best practices in the profession including innovative menu planning and recipe ideas, best practices to grow supper programs, leadership techniques, school nutrition ethics and much more! SNIC 2017 has something for everyone. Save the date and keep a look out for registration to open soon!

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. 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.

Legislative & Regulatory Update

NEW Resources on Final Rules: Administrative Reviews, CEP, Smart Snacks and Wellness Policies
SNA is providing new resources summarizing four final rules recently released by the USDA. The four rules are Administrative Reviews, Community Eligibility, Smart Snacks in Schools, and Wellness Policies. You can locate them on SNA’s website.

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