A Message from Your SNA President-Elect

You have probably heard the saying about March: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Well, March definitely came in like a lion across most of the United States, but especially in the East, where not one, but two Nor’easters caused havoc as members were traveling to and then home from SNA’s 46th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C., March 4-6.

But the lion/lamb metaphor was applicable to other aspects of LAC, as well: Our legislative “shepherds” (Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair Doug Davis, Vice Chair Sara Gasiorowski, Staff Vice President of Government Affairs and Media Relations Cathy Schuchart and the rest of SNA’s legislative team) helped to guide the nearly 900 attendees through SNA’s 2018 Position Paper, helping them to “ROAR” their messages on Capitol Hill.

Our voices were heard in many congressional offices. We stated very specific points to national lawmakers, reminding them that we are their consitutents. Block Grants MUST NEVER be given consideration as an alternative to the federal child nutrition programs. We also continue to advocate for H.R. 3738, the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act, to provide six cents in USDA Foods for every school breakfast served—and for this proposal to be rolled into the next Farm Bill. In addition, we asked for legislators to continue to support our work with USDA on simplifying the overly burdensome child nutrition mandates and continue to ensure common sense school meal program flexibility.

While we raised our voices and roared our messages throughout LAC, our job is not finished—indeed, our work has just begun. We know that supporters of block grant funding will continue their efforts. That’s why we need to remember that all advocates of school meal programs—operators, industry and allies—must work together and take every opportunity to educate others about the devastating effects that block grants would have on these programs—and, more importantly, on the nation’s children. If you had successful visits with members of Congress, that’s wonderful—but don’t get caught off guard by resting on your laurels. I encourage you all to continue growing with me and make time learn more about these critical legislative priorities. We need to remain very vocal about our concerns, helping everyone understand that we live the SNA tagline: “Feeding Bodies, Fueling Minds." Let’s make sure our “roar” is heard 365 days a year.

Registration for this summer’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas is open! I know many of you are already signed up to exhibit, but we hope that all of you will take advantage of this terrific educational and networking opportunity. The conference dates are July 9-12—note that these are Monday through Thursday dates this year, as you begin to make your plans. In the meantime, let’s keep our ROAR on!


Gay Anderson, SNS
SNA President-Elect

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Important Announcements

School Nutrition Foundation Celebrates School Nutrition Heroes
The 5th anniversary Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes was a huge success! This year’s event featured a number of new elements, including a special guest host—Food Network Star Jason Smith—as well as a pre-event reception and post-event after-party. There were tears (as all those assembled viewed inspiring videos about the excellent work of this year’s Heroes) and laughs at Smith’s many down-home country quips. The following day, Smith was joined by Hero Anthony “Chef T” Terrell for an appearance on WUSA’s Good Day DC morning show to talk about how healthy meals at school contribute to student wellness and success.

The School Nutrition Foundation thanks the sponsors of this year’s Celebration for making it such a terrific evening: AccuTemp Products, Foster Farms, Jennie-O Turkey Store, KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Land O’Lakes, Los Cabos Mexican Foods, Mott’s (Dr.Pepper/Snapple), National Dairy Council, Schwan’s, ConferenceDirect, PSAV, JTM Food Group, SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems, SMART Temps, School Nutrition Association, GES, J & J Snack Foods, ConAgra Foodservice, Cool School Café, Domino’s, Red Gold, Ruiz Foods, and Wild Mike’s Ultimate Pizza!

If you missed the event, you can view the Hero videos on our webpage. And don’t miss the chance to be part of the 2019 Celebration! Contact SNF Manager of Fundraising & Outreach Mary Rossa at (301) 686-3181 or mrossa@schoolnutrition.org, to learn more.

Become a Sponsor at SNA's National Leadership Conference
Now is the time to contact SNA to increase your visibility at its annual National Leadership Conference (NLC) April 26-28, 2018, in Long Beach, Calif. Sponsorship opportunities allow you to help build brand familiarity with potential clients. To see what’s available, please review the 2018 Sponsorship Brochure. For more information, contact SNA Business Development Manager Nicolette Daleske at ndaleske@schoolnutrition.org.

SNA Wants YOU to Attend Industry Boot Camp
Are you an industry representative new to the multi-billion-dollar school nutrition market? Or a seasoned veteran who wants to brush up on the intricacies of this complex segment? Designed specifically for our industry partners, SNA's Spring Industry Boot Camp, taking place May 9-10, 2018, in National Harbor, Md., is a dynamic educational seminar that provides a thorough overview of today's school nutrition environment, including new information on procurement ethics, a tour of a local school cafeteria and a panel discussion with top school nutrition directors. The discounted hotel cut-off date is April 8, 2018. Reserve your spot today as seating is limited!

SN Magazine Welcomes Christy Spiegel, N. Midwest Regional Sales Manager
School Nutrition, SNA's award-winning flagship publication, is thrilled to announce the addition of Christy Spiegel to our advertising team. Spiegel is a third-generation advertising professional and brings media sales, marketing, client and ad agency media experience to the team. Christy will be joining Barbara Boyce, National Sales Manager, Lisa Turner, Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Gayle Massey, Western Regional Sales Manager and her sister and business partner Jo Neese, S. Midwest Regional Sales Manager. View the 2018 Media Kit to learn more about all digital and print advertising opportunities.

Annual National Conference Reminders

PLEASE NOTE: The ANC schedule for 2018 shifts by one day and runs Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12. This means the Exhibit Hall will open on Tuesday and will close on Thursday. Please ensure you book your travel and hotel accommodations accordingly.

Submit Your Program Description for ANC (Deadline Extended)
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 2018 Program Guide Description Form and submit your company description by March 23, 2018.

New This Year: Culinary Demos To Be be Held During Education Session Time Slots;
More Visibility for Your Company

Culinary Demonstrations are one of the highlights of ANC each year. They provide an opportunity to showcase your latest food products, while sharing new recipes, culinary techniques, food presentation skills and nutrition information, while offering operators numerous ways to enhance school meals and increase participation. These demos are available for purchase of $3,500 each. You must be exhibiting at ANC18 to present a demo. Download and complete the ANC 2018 Culinary Demonstration Application Form.

Exhibitor Registration & Housing
ANC Exhibitor Registration is now open and available online. SNA has planned an outstanding series of education sessions and General Sessions. We encourage you to attend these sessions and learn more about the school nutrition segment. Each company receives five (5) complimentary badges per 10x10 booth space purchased. Once your company goes over their badge allotment, there is a $125 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, 2018. Badges will not be mailed, but available for pick up onsite at the registration desk at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Online Registration Guide:
• Click on the link: Register for 2018 ANC
• Click on the icon: Exhibitor Registration
• Find your company name: ABC Company
• Enter Password: sna20745
• Click on: Add New Booth Personnel

Then complete the information that is required and your registration should be all set. If you have questions about this registration process, please contact Convention Data Services at (774) 247-4018 or anc@xpressreg.com.

For Housing During ANC:
All Exhibitors must register for badges before they will be provided access to the SNA housing system and enjoy the discounted rates at the official ANC 2018 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. Convention Data Services (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, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (EST) or email sna@conferencedirect.com.

Change in Personnel?
Always remember to notify SNA whenever there is a change in staff or management at your business, so that we can update your company record. Send changes via email to meetings@schoolnutrition.org. Thank you!

Legislative & Regulatory Update

USDA Extends Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs Comment Period
In a Federal Register Notice published on February 17, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced that they were extending the comment period for the Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs: Request for Information (RFI). The new deadline is April 23, 2018.

2018 Legislative Action Conference Recap
Nearly 900 school nutrition professionals and industry representatives gathered earlier this week in Washington, D.C. to improve and protect school meal programs. The conference culminated with the annual charge to the Hill, with delegations visiting congressional offices. Visit the SNA website for a recap of this year’s LAC highlights.

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