A Message from Your SNA President-elect
Spring is bursting forth with hues of pink, white and yellow as we go into the final days of school year 2016. Most of us are now well into planning for SY 2016, with menus and bids. As you know we have worked on the Procurement Task Force this year, with several presentations. The white paper is in its final edits and will be published later this spring. I am happy to announce as well that there will be 11 sessions at ANC on procurement.

On CNR, the House has not dropped a bill; the Senate bill was evaluated by OMB and it was determined that it is not cost neutral. They will need to go back to work to find ways to make it so. There are still many steps to take to get a CNR passed, so be alert for requests to contact your legislators as necessary.

I am getting excited about ANC in San Antonio, July 10-13. Learn, Lead, Succeed is the theme, and I believe all of us will find something that will inspire us or give an opportunity to provide better service to our children. There is much to look forward to with a newly renovated venue—the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center—and it should be one of our best conferences ever! I am excited to be installed as President in San Antonio, the city where I had my first leadership conference..

Finally, SNA will host its spring Boot Camp in May at their headquarters in National Harbor, Md. This is a perfect opportunity for those new to industry, as well as those who may need refreshers about the way our business is operated. I have participated in many of these as part of the director’s panel, which is consistently rated very high by attendees. You will have the opportunity for discourse with directors who provide insights into what is needed to make our operations more efficient so that we all succeed at providing nourishment to our children. I can promise you that you won’t be sorry if you attend.


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

Big Resource, Bigger Value!

According to SNA's 2015 School Nutrition Trends Report, student acceptance is the issue of greatest concern in regard to the whole grain rich mandate.


April 21-23, 2016
National Leadership Conference
Minneapolis, MN

May 11-12, 2016
Industry Boot Camp
National Harbor, MD

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

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Important Announcements

LAST CHANCE for Spring 2016 Industry Boot Camp
Don’t miss SNA’s Spring Industry Boot Camp, May 11-12, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. Space is filling up fast! 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! Come to meet directors, Rodney Taylor, Fairfax County Public Schools, Marla Caplon, Montgomery Public Schools and Jodi Risse, Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Click here for more information and to register.

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

Don’t Miss this ANC Pre-Con: It's Just for You!
Let’s Talk: “Real Time” with Industry and USDA Child Nutrition Programs (CNP)
July 9, 2016, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Industry representatives: This session led by USDA 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.

Big Resource, Bigger Value!
If you’ve hired any new team members recently, or you want to get your current sales and marketing team up to speed, explain school nutrition issues to your R&D team, support legislative initiatives in your state house or take a refresher course yourself, SNA’s Little Big Fact Book: The Essential Guide to School Nutrition offers everything you need to know about the fundamentals of school nutrition. Purchase your copy today online for just $18.


Upcoming SNA Webinars
Achieving Success with Whole Grain Pasta
Wednesday, April, 20, 2016 at 2 pm ET
Don’t miss this webinar on whole grains, double cooking, nutrition and more!

Best of #SNIC16 (Series 3 of 3): Generation Z: The Next Generation
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2 pm ET
Acquire the tools necessary to interact and engage Generation Z. This webinar will discuss what you can do to motivate the Next Generation to remain active members in your school food program. 

Reach 57,000+ School Nutrition Professionals with SN Magazine
Set yourself apart from the competition when you advertise in School Nutrition magazine. Your ad will reach decision-makers who look to the magazine for solutions and strategies for their day-to-day work and who value School Nutrition above all trade publications. Gain the competitive advantage by advertising your products and services in the only national magazine that exclusively serves the K-12 foodservice market.

Annual National Conference Reminders

ANC 2016 San Antonio Exhibit Hall Sign-up
Don’t miss an opportunity to meet influential decision-makers, network with fellow exhibitors and demo your culinary expertise at the school nutrition event of the year! See available exhibit space for SNA's 70th Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on July 10-13, 2016. Contact Crystal Harper-Pierre at (301) 686-3140; charper@schoolnutrition.org or Nicolette Daleske at (301) 686-3073; ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org to reserve your space.

ANC 2016 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 Two Spots 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. These two spaces are available for purchase at $3,300 each. You must be exhibiting at ANC in order to present.
[Culinary Demonstration Application]

Hosted Events During ANC 2016
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. Deadline is April 30, 2016.
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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]

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). Please 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 am–5 pm (EST) or email sna@conferencedirect.com.

Legislative & Regulatory Update

Proposed Rule: Child Nutrition Program Integrity
Last week, the USDA proposed a rule to codify several provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 affecting the integrity of the Child Nutrition Programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Special Milk Program for Children, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and State Administrative Expense Funds. The proposed rule is intended to improve the integrity of all Child Nutrition Programs. Comments on the proposed rule are due by May 31, 2016 and can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal here. SNA is convening a Working Group to develop the SNA submission. More information on the SNA portal for Member input is forthcoming.

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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