A Message from Your SNA Industry Representative

Together Everyone
Accomplishes More. We have all heard “TEAM” defined in this way, and on Monday, October 2, when I participated, along with approximately 53 other Industry members, in the SNA Patron Meeting in Alexandria, VA we experienced the meaning of this first hand.

SNA President Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, SNS and CEO Patti Montague, CAE provided insight on the current state of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), and how the Association is accomplishing its Strategic Plan; membership is on the rise, professional development opportunities are increasing and proactive advocacy efforts are paying off!

SNA shared an update on school nutrition trends and Sharon Olson, Executive Director for Y-Pulse, offered insight on Understanding Tomorrow’s Tastemakers Today. Some key take-away points from this section included facts that kids are eating healthier, fresh options, 84% of students like to customize their food (think Subway, or Chipotle concepts), 91% appreciate prompt service, 78% notice if the kitchen/cafeteria is not clean and 70% of students like the foodservice professionals that serve them. In general, participation is increasing, especially at breakfast, and the perception of school nutrition programs is improving—both of which are good things.

SNA also presented an Advocacy update. Below are a few key items that were mentioned:

  • Representative James McGovern (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3738 “Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017” which could provide commodity assistance for school breakfast programs.
  • Congress is considering H.R. 3268 which include $25,000,000 in appropriations for equipment grants. The Senate is debating S. 1603 which includes $30,000,000 for equipment plus an additional $2,000,000 for professional associations to develop training programs.
  • SNA is forming a task force to study the impact that Block Grants would have on School Nutrition Programs. Stay tuned for more information on this topic

Participants also heard from a panel of school nutrition directors that provided a wealth of insight on what’s working, pain points and ideas on how Industry can help. Highlights included: student focus groups, fresh options, incorporating fish and seafood, barbeques and cookouts, ideas on how students can customize their food, overcoming staffing challenges, a return to scratch and speed scratch, promoting programs through social media, equipment needs and much more. In short, this power-hour session was crammed full of real experiences that could help any operator improve their program.

The biggest take-away for me, is that when school nutrition professionals, SNA members and industry partners join forces…Together Everyone Accomplishes More.

Thanks to everyone that attended. I would like to encourage you to consider attending the School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), January 21-23, in New Orleans, LA. Please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snic for registration information. I hope to see you there.


Michael Miller
SNA Industry Representative

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In SNA's recently released 2017 School Nutrition Trends Report, nearly 60% of responding districts are offering new menu items this school year that feature international flavors.


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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.

Nominate a School Nutrition Hero
On Monday, March 5, 2018, the School Nutrition Foundation's (SNF) Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes will notably commemorate its fifth year of recognizing those extraordinary women and men in the school nutrition profession who make a difference in their communities. Tell us about the individual that you think should be recognized as a School Nutrition Hero, simply fill out the Online Nomination Form—or download and complete the Nomination Form—and submit it no later than Friday, October 27, 2017! For questions, please email SNF at snf@schoolnutrition.org.

Develop Your Best Advertising Strategy: School Nutrition’s 2018 Media Kit Now Available
When you advertise in School Nutrition (SN) you reach readers who value the magazine above all other trade publications. In fact, year after year, SN beats its closest competitors by an 8 to 1 margin. Be part of the valuable solutions and strategies sought by these readers during today’s challenging times by advertising your products and services. Develop your best advertising strategy with the SN 2018 Media Kit.


Register for SNA’s Fall 2017 Industry Boot Camp!
Don’t miss SNA’s Fall Industry Boot Camp, November 8-9, 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.

Can’t make these dates? Click here to register and/or reserve your spot for Spring 2018! Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

SNIC 2018: Only 15 Tabletop Displays Left!
Be one of 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! Plus, be involved in the conference theme, "Solving Your School Nutrition Puzzle." Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snic for additional conference and theme details. The cost to reserve a Tabletop Display is $2,250 (Tabletop Display Application). For more information, please contact SNA 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: Just Added More Booths!
You don’t want to miss an opportunity to network with fellow exhibitors, demo your culinary expertise and meet influential decision-makers. View the Exhibit Hall map 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.

Legislative & Regulatory Update

Action Alert: Ask Your Members of Congress to Support School Breakfast Commodities!
H.R. 3738, otherwise known as the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017, will provide an additional 6 cents in commodity support for every school breakfast served. It’s important for you to reach out to your Members of Congress to request their support on this bill.

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