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SNAC Bites - December 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the December 2018 issue of SNA Communication (SNAC) Bites! SNAC Bites highlights new SNA programs and provides content for your state association publications, chapter meetings, & social media. In some cases, the content will need to be customized for your state association’s needs.

 

This issue includes:

1.      It’s Not Too Late to Register for #SNIC19—The Business of School Nutrition

2.           Celebrate School Nutrition Professionals: Watch and Share the Video

3.      Registration for 2019 Legislative Action Conference Now Open!

4.      Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Virtual Expo—Registration Opens January 3, 2019

5.     Nominate a Colleague/Member You Admire for an SNA Award

6.     SNA’s Expanded Certificate Program—Watch the Video to Find Out More!

7.     Let SNA’s Learning Center Help You Tackle the Challenges of Adult Training

8.     Webinar Wednesdays Return this January

9.      Take the Guesswork Out of Ethical Decisions

10.    Journal of Child Nutrition & Management Fall 2018 Issue Now Live; Share Your Expertise on Special Diets

11.    FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps Visits Vermont Schools

12.    FNS Announces $2 Million School Nutrition Training Grant

 

 

1. It’s Not Too Late to Register for #SNIC19—The Business of School Nutrition

It’s not too late to register for the School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) January 13-15 in Austin, TX, but time is running out! The hotel cutoff date for the SNA rate is December 21—so if you haven’t yet registered, do it today! #SNIC19 is all about giving you and your peers the tools to position your business—whether in schools or the foodservice marketplace—for future success. You’ll get a high-level look into a variety of topics important to your business, your team, and your customers. The action-packed agenda features an exciting line-up of business strategy experts, fast-paced Ideas@Work sessions focused on innovative service solutions, #OpenSpace social learning, Industry Education Sessions on hot topics, Innovative Solution Sessions, Tabletop Displays and much more.

 

2. Celebrate School Nutrition Professionals: Watch and Share the Video

Every day, school nutrition professionals prepare and serve healthy school meals to 30 million students across the country. But they do more than serve food, they help ensure student success. This holiday season, join with SNA in celebrating those who feed America’s children. Watch and share the video, spread the celebration, and encourage others to the SNA community that is 59,000+ strong by visiting www.schoolnutrition.org/join. #SNAstrong

 

3. Registration for 2019 Legislative Action Conference Now Open!

Registration is now open for SNA’s 47th Annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC): “Keeping Our Promise to America’s Children.” Join us February 24-26, 2019, at the stylish Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, D.C.—register early (by January 4) and save!

At this year’s conference, we hope to facilitate critical discussions about the national trends that are shaping school meal programs, as well as offer you opportunities to learn how to be the best advocates for your programs.

General sessions feature acclaimed presidential and political historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, as well as a bipartisan discussion with former Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Tom Daschle (D-SD). Plan to come a day early for a stellar pre-conference session on how to build a first-class advocacy operation.

LAC 2019 will also feature breakout sessions designed to address pressing policy issues, a regulatory update from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, in addition to networking opportunities for industry members and state agency staff. As the conference concludes, we’ll present the SNA 2019 Position Paper and prepare to “Charge to the Hill”!

 

Hotel rooms fill up quickly, and you must be registered to reserve your room at the special LAC rate, so don’t delay! Register now to take advantage of early bird discounts and secure your spot to join us.

 

4. Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Virtual Expo—Registration Opens January 3, 2019

Experience the future of sourcing new products—registration for SNA’s FREE Virtual Expo opens January 3. The Expo runs from February 5-March 22 and features two virtual exhibit halls—Food and Beverage and Equipment/Technology, a Learning Center with 15 new pre-recorded education sessions from #ANC18 to earn CEUs, a networking lounge, and a chance to win prizes by signing up for the Leaderboard. Network and make connections with exhibitors and peers across the country and discover new products and services for your program—no travel required! Learn more.

 

5. Nominate a Colleague/Member You Admire for an SNA Award

Are you inspired by your school nutrition colleagues, friends and mentors? Nominate someone you admire for an SNA Award for the 2018-19 school year. Nominations for the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year awards are now being accepted online by SNA. Being nominated for an SNA Award is a great honor. All state, regional and national winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference in St Louis, Missouri.

 

6. SNA’s Expanded Certificate Program—Watch the Video to Find Out More!

SNA’s Certificate in School Nutrition Program has expanded to 4 Levels! With the aim of creating a more realistic professional growth path, the new Level 2 Certificate bridges the large jump in training requirements between Level 1 and the old Level 2. To help you learn more about the new Level 2 and the overall benefits of the Certificate Program, SNA has created a short informational video. More resources are also available at www.schoolnutrition.org/newlevel.

 

7. Let SNA’s Learning Center Help You Tackle the Challenges of Adult Training

In the Training Techniques for Adult Learners section of SNA’s new Learning Center, we share the recently updated, more robust version of the Training Content Development Guidelines, which SNA uses to approve Continuing Education unit (CEU) Programming. The new version includes additional resources and complete instructions on writing concrete learning objectives for your training.

 

8. Webinar Wednesdays Return this January

We’re coming back from our holiday hiatus with a purpose in mind—to bring you a new year of webinars that will strengthen your professional competencies. Our Financial Management Task Force has been hard at work creating a 5-part Financial Management Train-the-Trainer Series that will be introduced as a pre-con at the School

Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), then condensed in to a 75-minute webinar targeting managers and directors. The 5-part Financial Management Training Series will also be available on our website in February 2019.

After SNIC, we will kick it in to high gear with the Best of #SNIC19 webinar series, starting in January. SNA will review evaluations to discover which sessions were the most well received by our members and reformat the content to present it as a webinar. Check back to the Webinars webpage often for updates and registration information.

 

9. Take the Guesswork Out of Ethical Decisions

This introductory course will provide you with the framework for working through any ethical dilemma. Sometimes all it takes to help someone make the right choice is to show them how. With so much misinformation out there these days, it’s hard to know what’s right. We have taken the latest ethical behavioral research and have weaved it into this module to take the guesswork out of difficult work situations. It will also help some districts realize there are ways they can improve their policies, so their staff can know how to respond to different scenarios. Take this hour-long Ethics Module (that provides 1 CEU credit) and find out what over 550 members have already discovered.

 

10. Journal of Child Nutrition & Management Fall 2018 Issue Now Live; Share Your Expertise on Special Diets

From the management of food allergies in schools to farm-to-school product purchasing, the Fall 2018 edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management covers a wide range of research articles that are applicable to your school kitchens. JCN&M, which publishes every spring and fall, is your source for research and evidence-based information to help guide decisions.

 

Because special diets are a multi-faceted topic that interests many parties, the upcoming Spring 2019 edition will be themed with this in mind. And the publication is currently seeking submissions from anyone who may have research or a unique solution to accommodating special diets. Learn more.

 

11. FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps Visits Vermont Schools

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting Deputy Undersecretary/ Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Administrator Brandon Lipps visited two Vermont school meals programs on October 30. SNA Vermont Past President Erika Dolan hosted Lipps for breakfast and an introduction to the grab and go model at Crossett Brook Middle School in Waterbury. SNA President-Elect Doug Davis then offered Lipps and other state and federal officials a tour of Burlington High School, featuring the “Fork in the Road” food truck, farm to school produce and, of course, school lunch from the made-to-order stir fry line! View pictures of the event on SNA’s Twitter account.

 

12. FNS Announces $2 Million School Nutrition Training Grant

Recently FNS released a Request for Applications for a $2 million grant to develop a training program for school nutrition personnel with a focus on workforce development and school food service meal preparation. The grant is available to allied professional organizations and is designed to support the development and implementation of a skills-based training program that addresses key areas in school nutrition.

 

SNA has convened a working group to develop a grant application, as well as to begin planning the proposed training program. Applications are due by January 28, 2019, and FNS anticipates awarding the grant by May 2019.

 


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