A Message from Your SNA President-Elect

We are in the middle of the month of November, which makes me think of all of the many things I am personally thankful for in my life. While considering what to share, I decided I want you, our Industry Partners, to know the many things I am thankful for about all of you.

Thoughtful: Each of you are very thoughtful about what you do when working with school nutrition professionals. You work with us to come up with the best ideas we can put forward for our students.

Humility: The humility I see and feel from you, our partners, is huge! What you do daily isn’t glamourous or easy. You work hard and do so many things humbly—without looking for recognition.

Admiration: I have great admiration for all of your hard work, long hours and patience when working toward finding just the right piece of equipment, technological item or food for each school district and their unique characteristics.

Nourishing: While each of you strive to offer nourishing food, equipment and technology items for our children. You are great at nourishing and building relationships. We grow professionally as we learn together.

Knowledgeable: How you keep it all together, knowing your product specifications, staying on top of change with each item is impressive.

Friendship: I appreciate each of you and the friendships that are made as we conduct business. The best part of SNA for me is the lifelong friendships I have made and I am sure many others would agree.

Unique: You can’t work in your profession without being truly unique and passionate providing for the future in the many ways you do. Part of the definition of unique is “unlike anything else” and I have to agree, you are all unlike anything else.

Leaders: You are all leaders in your profession. Along with being leaders, you are loyal. Loyal to the K-12 segment and the School Nutrition Association is something that means a lot.

My hats off to each and every one of you. As we count down to Thanksgiving, my wishes for you will be to have some quality time with your family and friends. Maybe enjoy a good football game and relax. Thank you for all that you do for us each and every day. We would not be successful without all of you!

SNIC is just around the corner – January 21-23 in New Orleans. We are focusing on “Solving Your Nutrition Puzzle” Hope to see you there.


Gay Anderson, SNS
SNA President-Elect

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In SNA's recently released 2017 School Nutrition Trends Report, nearly 87% of responding districts are offering customizable menu options for students.


January 21-23, 2018
School Nutrition Industry Conference
New Orleans, LA

May 9-10, 2018
Spring Industry Boot Camp
National Harbor, MD

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Important Announcements

Secure a Booth in SNA’s 2018 Virtual Expo!
SNA’s second Virtual Expo will launch February 6, 2018. Reach school nutrition decision makers during the bid planning period with information about your latest products. This opportunity is reserved for companies exhibiting at ANC18. Booths are available on a first come first served basis and limited to 60 spaces. Contact SNA Business Development Manager Nicolette Daleske at ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org or (800) 877-8822, ext. 173 to reserve your space.

5th Anniversary of the Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
On Monday, March 5, 2018, the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes will notably commemorate its fifth year of recognizing extraordinary women and men in the school nutrition profession who make a difference in their communities. The event, which will be held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), will feature some new and exciting elements. You will want to sponsor this exclusive fundraising event for the Foundation in this special year! For information on sponsorships for 2018, contact SNF Executive Director Jane Balek at jbalek@schoolnutrition.org or (301) 686-3081.

Keep Us in the Loop About Your This & That!
Did you know that School Nutrition’s monthly “This & That” department includes details about new K-12 school foodservice products and services? Keep SN magazine on your media list, so we receive press releases about your latest and greatest, and you just may see it mentioned in a future issue. Check that your public relations list is updated with the correct contact information: New Products Editor, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745 or snmagazine@schoolnutrition.org.


SNIC 2018 New Orleans: Only 8 Tabletop Displays Still Available…and Going Fast
You don’t want to miss out on your opportunity to participate in the Tabletop Displays at next year’s School Nutrition Industry Conference 2018 (January 21-23, 2018) at the Marriott New Orleans. The conference theme is "Solving Your School Nutrition Puzzle."

Tabletop Displays: Be one of fifty (50) Tabletop Displays at the Networking Luncheon on Monday, January 22. Participating organizations will have an opportunity to showcase their product, meet with directors, obtain feedback about their product or service and generate quality leads! First, enjoy your lunch with your peers and then network with your future customers at your company’s exhibit. Each company will have a six (6 ft.) table with two chairs where you can display literature and/or pre-packaged items relating to your new product or service. No cooked food items can be showcased during this time-period. SNA is providing food and beverages for the luncheon. Participation in this event will allow you to reach all the directors attending the conference.

Tabletop Display Tables will be sold on a first come, first served basis. So, act fast, only 8 Display Tables are available! The cost to reserve a Tabletop Display is $2,250; Tabletop Display Application . For more information, please contact SNA’s Exhibits Sales Manager Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140, or charper@schoolnutrition.org.

Annual National Conference Reminders

ANC2018 Las Vegas Exhibit Hall Sign-up: 20 More Booths Added to the Exhibit Floor!
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 School Nutrition Event of the Year!

If you haven’t done so already, click here to see what exhibit space is still available for the upcoming 72nd Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, NV at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 9-12, 2018. Contact Crystal Harper-Pierre at (800) 877-8822, ext. 140 or charper@schoolnutrition.org, to reserve your booth space. Crystal looks forward to hearing from you!

Legislative & Regulatory Update

SNA’s 2017 School Nutrition Trends Report
SNA released its 2017 School Nutrition Trends Report, a summary of findings from a survey conducted with SNA members. The report contains information on menu trends related to student customization, flavor trends and clean label ingredients. 60% of responding districts are offering new menu items that feature international flavors, 56% report serving cleaner label choices, and over half offer made-to-order or self-serve entrée bars.

Federal Bill Allowing Low-Fat Flavored Milk in Schools
U.S. Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) introduced The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017 on October 24. H.R. 4101 would allow low-fat flavored milk in school meal programs without the need to apply for a waiver.

SNA and ACDA Support Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) teamed up to send a letter of joint support for H.R. 3738, or the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017. The bill was introduced by Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) and provides an additional 6 cents in commodity support for the School Breakfast Program (SBP).

Censky and McKinney Confirmed by the Senate
On the evening of Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the Senate confirmed Stephen Censky and Ted McKinney for their top positions in the USDA. Censky is now USDA deputy secretary and Ted McKinney becomes the first undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, a newly created position.

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