A Message from Your SNA President-Elect
Thank you to ALL who helped make the School Nutrition Industry Conference of 2017 a tremendous success! The innovation, enthusiasm and camaraderie during the conference was amazing. The spirit of collaboration was alive and well. This conference was yet another example of the power of working together to address complex problems by making the time to communicate with one another as a means of identifying and implementing practical solutions.

The next opportunity for meaningful communication comes in this spring when we travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in SNA’s Annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). One of SNA’s top priorities is raising public awareness about the importance of school meals in promoting students’ health, well-being, academic and future success. Now, more than ever, school nutrition administrators, industry partners and other advocates have an opportunity to communicate with decision-makers to inform them about the current status and future needs of the nation’s school nutrition programs.

While there is uncertainty about the timing of the next reauthorization of Child Nutrition Programs, one thing is certain: NOW is the time to inform the 115th Congress about the challenges, opportunities and rewards of nourishing the bodies, minds and spirits of America’s school-age children. I urge you to stay informed about the political process at the local, state and federal levels and to seek opportunities to serve as trusted school nutrition resources to your elected officials. There are a lot of misperceptions about the school nutrition programs. Across the country, there are many who are well-intended but uninformed about the tremendous impact school meals programs have on the day-to-day lives of students and on their futures.

Our national decision-makers need to understand that efficient, effective and accountable school nutrition programs can be important tools to help the nation address child hunger, prevent chronic disease, promote personal and academic success, while simultaneously and effectively utilizing domestic agricultural commodities.

Let’s make a pact to ensure every decision maker knows that EVERYONE WINS when school nutrition programs are strong, adequately funded and student-focused. The return on investment in these programs is priceless.

I look forward to seeing you in D.C. in a few weeks!

Healthy regards,

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


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DID YOU KNOW?
25% of SNA districts surveyed report planning a school nutrition renovation project in the next two years. Learn more in SNA’s School Nutrition Operations Report 2016.

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March 6-10, 2017
National School Breakfast Week
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April 2-4, 2017
Legislative Action Conference
Washington, D.C.

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Develop Your Best Advertising Strategy: School Nutrition’s 2017 Media Kit
Did you know that in School Nutrition reader surveys, 81% of the respondents strongly agree/agree that seeing an ad in the magazine gives them a positive impression of the company? Be part of the valuable solutions and strategies sought by the readers of SN by advertising your products and services. Develop your best advertising strategy with the SN 2017 Media Kit.

Spring 2017 Industry Boot Camp
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.

Reminders

Become a Sponsor of SNA's Legislative Action Conference and National Leadership Conference
Now is the time to contact SNA to increase your visibility at LAC and NLC and help build brand familiarity with potential clients. For sponsorship opportunities, please see our 2017 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 at charper@schoolnutrition.org.

Celebrate the 2017 School Nutrition Heroes
The 2017 School Nutrition Heroes have been selected! Consider supporting The Celebration as a sponsor or purchase a ticket (or a whole table!) to attend. As the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) only fundraising event, The Celebration raises dollars for programs that benefit school nutrition and SNA members. For full event details and ticket information, click here. Contact SNF Director of Development Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org with questions.

Annual National Conference Reminders

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 hottest school nutrition event of the year! See available exhibit space for the Annual National Conference (ANC) 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.

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 March 3, 2017.

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. 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, 2017. Don’t miss out!
[New Product Showcase application]

Certificate of Insurance
It is mandatory for all companies exhibiting at ANC 2017 to carry worker’s compensation, comprehensive general liability (including products and 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 Certificate of Insurance (COI). Deadline to submit your COI to SNA is May 31, 2017.
[Atlanta Certificate of Insurance example]

Legislative & Regulatory Update

SNA Leaders Meet with Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Stabenow
On January 18, 2017, SNA representatives met with U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to discuss the future of child nutrition programs. The group discussed how the Association could work together with the new Trump Administration and new 115th Congress to address issues related to Child Nutrition Reauthorization and to avoid the Block Grant threat that resurfaced as a major issue during the last Congress. All these issues will be covered in greater detail as part of SNA’s 45th Legislative Action Conference, held in Washington, D.C. in early April. Early bird registration rates apply until February 24, 2017.

USDA Releases Memo Outlining Flexibility for Target 2 Sodium Requirements for 2017-18
As a direct result of SNA advocacy efforts, the USDA released a memo, SP 15-2017, regarding flexibility for the Target 2 sodium requirements for School Year 2017-18. As you may know, Target 2 sodium requirements are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2017. School food authorities (SFAs) are expected to comply, however if SFAs that are working toward compliance, but not fully in compliance, will NOT incur fiscal action during administrative reviews.

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