A Message from Your SNA Industry Representative
The collective word from the Hill is quite clear, there will be no CN Reauthorization in 2017. Agriculture leaders are focused on the Farm Bill, and yes, we in the child nutrition world will play a role in that as well. Our challenges will need to be addressed in other strategic measures this year. For many, the thought of a different style of approach might be confusing. If so, I would suggest attending SNA's Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C., April 2-4, 2017, at the JW Marriott. Our role will be clearly defined and planned strategies discussed. This conferences agenda and speaker lineup is the best I’ve ever seen.

On another note, congratulations to Michael Miller, President, SMART Systems, who was recently elected to the Industry Advisory Council Chair position. Michael takes over my position on August 1, 2017. I will be working with Michael to update and transition him into his new role over the next few months. I have known Michael for some time, and I am confident he will do an amazing job. Please wish him well!

In closing, as I have said before, the term, “Block Grant”, is being used in many places on the Hill. Now is the time to stand up, learn all you can about the history of Block Grants and get involved. We have a responsibility to the children of this country, so let’s not allow this program to go backwards.


Gary Vonck
SNA Industry Representative

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Nearly half of SNA districts surveyed report offering breakfast through an alternative service venue (e.g. grab and go, vending). Learn more about school breakfast service in SNA’s School Nutrition Operations Report 2016.


March 6-10, 2017
National School Breakfast Week
Washington, D.C.

April 2-4, 2017
Legislative Action Conference
Washington, D.C.

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Important Announcements

Don't Forget to Register for SNA's 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.

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
If you are attending LAC, be sure and get tickets for the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the JW Marriott. If you are not attending LAC, consider buying space in the event program to congratulate the heroes. For information on sponsors, tables, tickets and space in the program click here.

The fourth annual Celebration raises dollars for the programs that benefit school nutrition and SNA members. If you have any questions about the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) or the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, please contact SNF Director of Development Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org.

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 57,000 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 6,000+ ANC attendees with the onsite particulars for the “Hottest Event in School Nutrition.”

Click here to learn more and to book your space today.


Don’t Forget to Register for SNA’s Legislative Action Conference!
Be sure to register for LAC, which will run from April 2-4, 2017 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference will feature a “Fireside Chat with Washington Insiders.” This talk-show style session provides insight from panelists including former Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, and Senior Vice President of the Bipartisan Policy Center, William Hoagland. There will be education sessions including “Successful State Lobbying Strategies,” “Hot Topics in School Nutrition,” and “Recruit and Retain School Nutrition Young Professionals.” On the last day of the conference, attendees “Charge the Hill” to put their advocacy to the test and speak out about school nutrition issues. Visit the conference webpage for more details to register for the conference.

Upcoming Webinars
Food Allergy: Discussing the Science Behind the Facts
2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Join Dr. Shahzad Mustafa in a presentation on some important basic information about food allergies, including what school nutrition experts need to know about how to identify a reaction and intervene on behalf an allergic individual. Dr. Mustafa will share how school personnel, including school nutrition professionals, can help support strategies to improve quality of life for those with food allergies.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. Learn more.

Annual National Conference Reminders

ANC 2017 Atlanta Exhibit Hall Sign-up; Only 30 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. ANC is the Hottest Event in School Nutrition!

If you haven’t done so already, visit, www.schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/ANC/2017/ExhibitHallSignUp to see what exhibit space is still available for the upcoming 71th Annual National Conference in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center on 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
The Online Exhibitor Registration is now open. SNA has planned a series of education sessions and General Sessions. We encourage you to attend and learn more about the child nutrition industry. 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). Start your online registration. If you need assistance with registration, please contact ExpoLogic customer support at (980) 233-3791 or via email.

Housing: This year’s procedures require all Exhibitors to register for badges before they will be provided access to the SNA housing system and the discounted rates at the official ANC 2017 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–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 March 24, 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 Releases 2017 Position Paper
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has released its 2017 Position Paper, which outlines legislative priorities that urge Congress to protect and strengthen school meal programs. SNA forcefully opposed last year’s House-proposed school meal block grant pilot and is again taking a firm stand in opposition to any effort to dismantle federal school meal programs. SNA also calls for greater support to preserve the financial stability of school meal programs in the next Farm Bill by providing 6 cents in USDA Foods for every school breakfast served. To help ease menu planning challenges and appeal to diverse student tastes, SNA requests maintaining Target 1 sodium levels and restoring the initial requirement that at least half of grains offered through school meals be whole grain rich. SNA also calls for an independent study of the federal child nutrition programs to identify steps to reduce regulatory and administrative complexities. SNA’s 2017 Position Paper will be the focus of SNA’s 45th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC), which runs from April 2-4, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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