A Message from Your SNA President-Elect
The School Nutrition procurement process has been described by many as “a puzzle” that requires the sorting of many puzzle pieces to be well-understood, fully appreciated and properly implemented. Recently, SNA released a white paper entitled “Solving the Procurement Puzzle – Managing the Complexities of Doing Business in K-12 Foodservice.” The white paper provides a thought-provoking analysis of the various aspects of the procurement process and describes those processes that seem to be working well, while simultaneously addressing those areas that are not working so well.

The white paper was the culmination of work of a task force of school nutrition professionals including School Nutrition Administrators/Operators from small, medium and large districts, State agency Directors and members of the Industry representing various products used in school nutrition programs. Please make time to review the paper and consider how your business is affected by the procurement process so you may be a part of the national conversation around the procurement of goods and services in the school nutrition environment.

The next step in solving the procurement puzzle will come in June when SNA will convene a second procurement task force. This task force will address ethical dilemmas in the school nutrition procurement process. The formation of this task force is consistent with SNA’s core value of integrity and ethics. It will be my privilege to Chair this task force over the coming year.

With this in mind, I would like to invite you to communicate with me about your thoughts relative to the ethical environment surrounding the procurement of goods and services in the school nutrition marketplace. What practices seem to reflect the highest in integrity and ethical behaviors in the procurement process? What practices seem questionable? What areas need attention if we are to operate in the most ethical environment possible? You may communicate with me via email at Lynn.Harvey123@gmail.com. I welcome your input as we convene this important task force and continue our work together to promote a procurement environment that promotes free and open competition and reflects the highest in professional standards and ethical behaviors.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we serve the nation’s students!


Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND, SNS
SNA President-Elect

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A growing number of SNA districts are offering an Afterschool Meal or Supper Program. These programs are most prevalent in the largest districts. Learn more in SNA’s School Nutrition Operations Report 2016.


May 17-18, 2017
Spring Industry Boot Camp
National Harbor, MD

July 9-12, 2017
Annual National Conference
Atlanta, GA

More Meetings and Events

Upcoming SNA Webinars

SNS Credentialing Exam Dates

Industry Membership
SNA Research

Important Announcements

Last Chance to Register for Spring 2017 Industry Boot Camp-Discounted Hotel Rate Expires April 14th
Don’t miss SNA’s Spring Industry Boot Camp, May 17-18, 2017, in National Harbor, MD. Only two seminars are offered each year and seating is limited. Sessions include an in-depth look at school meal regulations and menu-planning, cafeteria tours, USDA updates and an exclusive, two-hour director panel with the opportunity to ask your own questions! 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 ANC and help build brand familiarity with potential clients. For sponsorship opportunities please see our remaining 2017 Sponsorships. For more information, please contact SNA Business Development & Meetings Manager Nicolette Daleske at ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org or SNA Exhibit Sales Manager Crystal Harper-Pierre at charper@schoolnutrition.org.

2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
The fourth annual Celebration attracted 395 attendees and overall revenue topped $250,000. We want to express our gratitude to everyone who participated and especially acknowledge the 28 sponsors, including seven new sponsors, who supported this signature event of the School Nutrition Foundation. The fifth annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.


Big Savings! School Nutrition and ANC Program Guide Combo
Save when you advertise in both of the summer’s hottest, most viewed publications from SNA!

  • School Nutrition’s June/July Issue: Delivered to more than 58,000 school nutrition decision-makers, this ANC edition (double issue) is jam packed with hot topic school nutrition features and all the conference details. Plus, exhibiting advertisers in this issue are eligible to participate as sponsors in the popular “What’s Ruby Reading” magazine scavenger hunt.”
  • ANC Program Guide: This colorful 100+ page guide provides 6,500+ ANC attendees with the onsite particulars for the “Hottest Event in School Nutrition.”

These are the only official publications that will be distributed by SNA at its Annual National Conference (ANC), July 9-12, in Atlanta. Click here to learn more and to book your space today.

Upcoming Webinars
Best of #SNIC17 3 of 4: Innovative Menu Planning
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Chef Sharon’s webinar from her action-packed General Session at this year's SNIC will wow you with ways to boost participation through new school meal recipes. She will focus on recipes that highlight ethnic, trendy and popular flavors in the food world right now. 
Learn more.

Leadership Series: Why Can’t We All Get Along? Dealing with Conflict During Change
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Learn about effectively dealing with anger constructively and rebuilding trust, skills needed to lead change successfully in today’s world. Presented by Professor Robert J. Bies, PhD, Professor of Management and Founder of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Learn more.

Annual National Conference Reminders

ANC2017 Atlanta Exhibitor Service Kit
The ANC2017 Exhibitor Service Kit is now 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 (booth paid) 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.

ANC 2017 Atlanta Exhibit Hall Sign-up; Only 15 Booths Still Available!
You don’t want to miss an opportunity to network with fellow exhibitors, demo your culinary expertise, and meet influential decision-makers. View the interactive floorplan to see what exhibit space is still available ANC at the Georgia World Congress Center, July 10 – 12, 2017. Contact Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140 or charper@schoolnutrition.org, to reserve your booth space.

Exhibitor Registration & Housing
Online Exhibitor Registration is now open. Each company receives five (5) complimentary badges per 10x10 booth space purchased. Once your company goes over their badge allotment, there is a $100 fee for additional badges. No badges, above your allotment will be processed without payment. Online registration allows you to make changes and additions to your badge order up until the time the site closes on Friday, June 30, 2017. (Badges will not be mailed, but available for pick up onsite at the registration desk at the Georgia World Congress Center). Register here. Please contact ExpoLogic customer support at (980) 233-3791 or via email for help.

Housing: Exhibitors are required to register for badges before they may access the SNA housing system and the discounted rates at the official ANC 2017 hotels

  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–Friday, 9 am–5 pm (EST) or email sna@conferencedirect.com.

Deadline Extended: Submit Your Program Description for ANC
The official ANC Program Guide includes all session and event information, as well as an in-depth buyers’ guide section. It is a valuable onsite tool and future reference guide for attendees. Visit the ANC 2017 Program Guide Description Form and submit your company description by April 21.

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 demonstration slots are available for purchase for $3,300 each. You must be exhibiting at ANC 2017 in order to present a demo.
[Culinary Demo application]

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. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and reserve your spot no later than May 31.
[New Product Showcase application]

Certificate of Insurance
It is mandatory for all companies exhibiting at ANC17 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/damage to their exhibits and personal property while it is located at or in transit to or from the convention center. You cannot access your booth until SNA receives the COI. Deadline to submit your Certificate of Insurance (COI) to SNA is May 31.
[Atlanta Certificate of Insurance example]

Legislative & Regulatory Update

Chairman Pat Roberts Sends Letter to USDA Seeking Flexibility in School Meals
On April 6, 2017, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging regulatory relief from rigid school meal standards, specifically sodium limits and whole grain and dairy requirements.

“The current waiver system does not provide schools and those involved in planning and preparing school meals with the necessary flexibility and certainty. I urge you to act administratively and provide immediate relief from certain egregious aspects of the standards, particularly in regards to the rapidly approaching sodium limits and the dairy and whole grain requirements. After providing immediate relief, I urge you to provide long-term flexibility and certainty for our schools, our school foodservice directors, and other stakeholders.”

Chairman Roberts has long been an advocate for flexibility in school meal standards, repeatedly calling on the Administration to provide regulatory relief to local school districts. Read the letter to USDA and Press Release from the Committee.

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