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SNAC Bites

June/July 2017 Edition


Welcome to the June/July 2017 issue of SNA Communication (SNAC) Bites! SNAC Bites highlights new SNA programs and provides content for your state association publications, chapter meetings, & social media.


This issue includes: 

1. Announcing the 2017-2018 SNA Annual Membership Campaign!

2. Congratulations, SNA Award Winners- You Are Our School Nutrition Heroes!

3. Need-to-Know Items for Attending #ANC17

4. Which #ANC17 Section Meetings Will You Attend?

5. Planning to Meet Us in Hotlanta? Then you don’t want to miss the…

6. New Food Allergy Resource Center for SNA Members

7. NEW! Ethics Course Pilot

8. SNA CEO Writes OpEd on Child Nutrition for The Hill

9. Secretary Perdue and Representative Aderholt Discuss School Nutrition at U.S. House Hearing

10. Revised Prototype Free and Reduced Price Application for SY 2017-18

11. Volunteer at ANC for the School Nutrition Foundation Booth!

12. Scholarship Dollars for Our State



1.Announcing the 2017-2018 SNA Annual Membership Campaign!   

Help SNA recruit new members and your reward could be a chance to win a VIP registration to ANC 2019 in St. Louis! Recruit five or more new members between June 1st, 2017 and May 31st, 2018 and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 5 VIP registrations to SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference (ANC) in St. Louis in Missouri.  For more details, please visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/amc.  

Recruited someone new to SNA? Tell us on social media using the hashtag:  #SNARecruiter 

 

2. Congratulations, SNA Award Winners- You Are Our School Nutrition Heroes!   

The SNA Awards highlight outstanding individuals in all facets of school meal program operations and represent the vast array of professionals who go above and beyond in their commitment to improve and expand access to healthy school meals. This year, SNA recognizes state, regional, and national winners of the Employee of the Year Award, Manager of the Year Award, and Director of the Year Award. All winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, July 9 at 10:30 am. For a complete listing of all SNA winners, click here.

We would especially like to congratulate our state winners:

Employee of the Year: Lisa Hammond
Manager of the Year: Linda Ammann
Director of the Year: Michael Gasper

To learn more about #ANC17, visit the conference website at schoolnutrition.org/ANC. See you in Hotlanta! 

 

3. Need-to-Know Items for Attending #ANC17

SNA recently expanded its available hotel room inventory so if you still have not secured your accommodations, please do so as soon as possible. If you did not get into your preferred hotel initially, please try again. Modifications to reservations can be made through the SNA Housing Bureau through June 24th. Cancellations can be made at any time, with a $30 fee; however, starting June 1st, the fee goes up to $90. For any questions on housing, please contact SNA’s Official Housing Bureau at SNA@ConferenceDirect.com or 877-440-7549.

For those looking for something fun to do on the evening of Tuesday, July 11th, SNA will provide transportation to and from the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, which has been transformed into a vibrant community hub with shops and restaurants, including the Central Food Hall. The Roof at Ponce City Market is one of the most iconic destinations in Atlanta, featuring panoramic views, an 18-hole mini golf course, boardwalk-style games, craft cocktails, and dining. SNA will provide complimentary shuttles to and from Ponce City Market starting at 5:30 pm, departing from the Marriott Marquis; the last shuttle will depart from PCM at 9:30 pm. Shuttle tickets are required to ride the bus and are distributed on a first come, first-serve basis. Please visit the shuttle desk at the GWCC during shuttle hours to receive a ticket with an assigned shuttle departure time.

The Atlanta CVB offers SNA ANC attendees exclusive deals during your time in Atlanta. Simply go to http://www2.atlanta.net/savings/sv_index.aspx?meetingNum=82328 and print off the card and/or save it on your mobile device. Present the card at participating partners to start saving. You can take advantage of discounts at area restaurants, attractions, shopping, area tours and more!

 

4. Which #ANC17 Section Meetings Will You Attend? 

Member Section Meetings allow peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together and discuss specific challenges and solutions in school nutrition.  This year we’re offering a range of targeted learning opportunities for every type of member:

  • District Directors and Supervisors – Sunday, July 9, 8:00-9:00 am – The Student Perspective on School Meals!
  • Major City Directors and Supervisors – Sunday, July 9, 9:15-10:15 amSchool Meals and the Responsible Use of Antibiotics 
  • College – Monday, July 10, 2:15-3:15 pmWorking with Academia for School Nutrition Success
  • Employee/Manager – Tuesday, July 11, 8:45am-9:45 amThe Winner in You! 
  • State Agency Tuesday, July 11, 12:00-2:00 pm – Hear the most up-to-date information on the USDA’s recent activities and upcoming areas of interest 

For more information, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc


5. Planning to Meet Us in Hotlanta? Then you don’t want to miss the…

2017 ANC Mobile App and More Webinar!  If you are attending SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta, you don’t want to miss this webinar. Get the inside scoop on everything you need to know about ANC from exploring the mobile app to building your own agenda to having a unique conference experience. Tune in on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 2 pm EST to find out why ANC is the School Nutrition event of the year, plus learn how to Go Mobile at ANC! No CEUS will be awarded for this webinar

Click here to register! All Webinars are held at 2 pm Eastern Time (1pmCT/Noon MT/11am PT).  Visit SNA Webinars for more information. Missed a recent webinar? Check out the Webinars On-Demand library and catch up on the hottest topics in school nutrition; available to SNA members 24/7.

 

6.New Food Allergy Resource Center for SNA Members

SNA’s Food Allergy Resource Center for School Nutrition Professionals is launching July 5th! Find all the food allergy resources that you need in one place. From the Big 8 allergens that cause approximately 90% of food allergy reactions to the Top 10 FAQs, this new resource center will help you find the information that you need to manage food allergies in your child nutrition programs. You can also submit questions to the allergy expert and your questions will be answered by food allergy experts and posted quarterly! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/FoodAllergy

 

7. NEW! Ethics Course PilotSNA CEO Writes OpEd on Child Nutrition for The Hill

SNA Social Media Tools & More: Need some help marketing you summer meals program? Be sure to download SNA’s summer specific shareable content for social media that are coming soon to www.schoolnutrition.org/PR. USDA also has free posters, activity guides, and flyers you can order at  https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program 

New Books and Resources for the Kids You Serve: SNA’s allied organizations Share Our Strength and First Book are teaming up to get brand new books into your program, just in time for summer learning! You can access $100 of free books from the First Book Marketplace! To choose your free books, all you have to do is sign up.  Follow these steps to bring great books to you Summer Meals site. 

  1. Sign up! Anyone serving kids from low-income families through a school, summer meal site, or other community organization is eligible to join.
  2. Visit the First Book Marketplace and check out the wide variety of resources available. We recommend starting with the Health and Wellness section, but feel free to explore!
  3. Enter the code SoS2017 in your shopping cart to take up to $100 off your book order! This particular funding opportunity applies to books only.*

Summer Meals Texting Program 2017

Did you know that the No Kid Hungry texting hotline allows children and families to easily and quickly identify open summer meals sites in their area?  To receive information about open summer meals sites, users text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877, and receive a text back prompting them to enter an address (either their home address or any other location of their choosing). Once the user replies with a full address and/or zip code, the service provides information about nearby meals sites or information about how to access sites if none are located in the vicinity.  Spanish speakers may also access this information by texting ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877 and receive a response in Spanish.  Click here for more information on Summer Meals planning 

 

8. SNA CEO Writes OpEd on Child Nutrition for The Hill

Looking to stay up to date on the top news affecting the school nutrition profession, as well as get important updates about opportunities and resources available to you from your national Association? Make sure you’re receiving SNA’s weekly e-newsletter, SN Express

Formerly sent biweekly as SN Direct, the redesigned SN Express has a fresh, new look—and, better yet, it will now be delivered to your inbox every week! Developed in response to member feedback, SN Express is positioned to be your primary digital news source, and therefore reduce the overall number of standalone reminder emails that you receive from SNA.

If you’re not currently receiving SN Express in your inbox, you can subscribe by visiting www.schoolnutrition.org/signup

 

We have the opportunity to win big this spring and boost our membership to strengthen our association!  Our mission is to recruit as many new members and retain as many current members as possible to meet or exceed our 3% membership growth goal. Our state association could be the Membership Division Champion!

 

Plus, if YOU recruit members, you can win, too! If you bring in 5 or more new members to SNA this year through the Annual Membership Campaign, you will be entered in a raffle to win 1 of 5 VIP registrations to ANC 2018 in Las Vegas! For more information about the Annual Membership Campaign and how you can win big by recruiting, visit: https://schoolnutrition.org/vegas/

9. Secretary Perdue and Representative Aderholt Discuss School Nutrition at U.S. House Hearing


We have the opportunity to win big this spring and boost our membership to strengthen our association!  Our mission is to recruit as many new members and retain as many current members as possible to meet or exceed our 3% membership growth goal. Our state association could be the Membership Division Champion!

Plus, if YOU recruit members, you can win, too! If you bring in 5 or more new members to SNA this year through the Annual Membership Campaign, you will be entered in a raffle to win 1 of 5 VIP registrations to ANC 2018 in Las Vegas! For more information about the Annual Membership Campaign and how you can win big by recruiting, visit: https://schoolnutrition.org/vegas/

10. Revised Prototype Free and Reduced Price Application for SY 2017-18

USDA released a policy memo on May 3, 2017, announcing their Revised Prototype Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for SY 2017-18. In SY 2016-17, the USDA Office of Civil Rights received 1,700 of these applications in error, as they were actually intended for local officials who make eligibility determinations, and not complaints of discrimination. The applications were forwarded by USDA to the appropriate state and local agencies, and in an effort to make sure the applications go to the right place this year, minor design changes were made in the Prototype Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals. FNS has added, to both the heading of Step 4 of the prototype application and Step 4 in the instructions, a field for program operators to include a mailing address where households may send completed applications. These headings are added to provide additional clarity on where to send the applications, and though the inclusion of these elements on application forms developed by state agencies and LEAs is optional, it is encouraged. Attached to the memorandum are the application instructions, a Word version of the application, and a PDF version of the application.

 

11. Volunteer at ANC for the School Nutrition Foundation Booth

Coming to ANC? Want to help Wisconsin get dollars back from the 2017 Annual Fund? Volunteer for an hour at the School Nutrition Foundation booth. You will have fun as you encourage others to support the Annual Fund! Bells will be ringing and new donors will be adding their names to a wall! Sign up today. 

 

 12. Scholarship Dollars for Our State

The School Nutrition Foundation is partnering with state affiliates to help secure funds for scholarships by supporting the SNF Annual Fund.  Working with State Ambassadors, SNF is providing resources by giving back a portion of all funds raised in your state.  How does it work?  If 3% of members in your state contribute to the SNF annual fund, you will receive 20% of the total raised to use for scholarships for professional development in your state.  If 5% of your members contribute to the SNF Annual Fund, your state will receive 25% of the total raised!  Each contribution of $10 counts toward this goal. 

For more information contact Janet Hedrick at jhedrick@schoolnutrition.org or call 800-877-8822 ext. 181.  Donations can be made online, at ANC, or through your State Ambassador at your State Conference.  If you prefer, you can mail your donation using this form.