NEWS




Spring NSNA Dist 1 Meeting has been cancelled.

Spring NSNA Dist 2 Meeting

We can no longer meet in person but we can use technology to meet over computers, devices and phones. Sharon Schaefer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: NSNA District 2 Spring Meeting Time: Mar 28, 2020 09:00 AM Meeting ID: 433 255 121 Join Zoom Meeting on a computer/device and see each other https://zoom.us/j/433255121 -OR- Call in for voice only +1 312 626 6799

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NSBW Planning is Ready for Takeoff! Mark your calendar for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)—March 2-6, 2020 and start getting students and stakeholders excited for a celebration of cosmic proportions with the #NSBW2020 theme, “School Breakfast: Out of This World.” Start planning your NSBW celebration today by downloading the NSBW 2020 Toolkit to help you get started on your promotion ideas. Get your breakfast program ready for takeoff by visiting the SNA Emporium and shop for the #NSBW2020 themed resources available to ensure you show how your breakfast program is blasting off into new territory. Happy planning–planet #NSBW2020 is waiting for your arrival!

 Looking for a New Year’s Resolution you can keep? How about recognizing a deserving colleague? If you know a stellar kitchen manager, outstanding cook or inspiring school nutrition director, nominate them for a national SNA Member Award and show them how much you appreciate their hard work! Nominations for the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year awards are now being accepted online by SNA through March 1, 2020. All state, regional and national winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s 2020 Annual National Conference in Nashville, TN! For more information, including how to nominate and qualifications, please visit the SNA Member Awards webpage.

 It’s a new year and we have a new challenge for you. SNA is excited to announce the official launch of the all-new +1 Membership Challenge! We invite you to participate in this new recruitment campaign, as it’s a wonderful opportunity to rally members and boost membership levels within your state and nationally.

The Challenge is simple (and fun!):

  1. Members share their reason for belonging to SNA – using the social media tools.
  2. Members recruit at least 1 new member – their +1.
  3. State and national membership numbers increase, and members earn great incentives for recruiting!

Spread the Word About the +1 Membership Challenge!

Please view and share SNA National President, Gay Anderson’s official campaign launch video.

Then visit the SNA Website for more details on the +1 Membership Challenge and find Challenge Materials.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Nate

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Virtual Expo—Registration Opens January 6, 2020 Experience the future of sourcing new products—registration for SNA’s FREE Virtual Expo opens January 6. The Expo runs from February 4-March 4 and features two virtual exhibit halls—Food and Beverage and Equipment/Technology, a Learning Center with 15 new pre-recorded education sessions from #ANC19 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.

Interested in serving on a School Nutrition Association (SNA) Committee or Council? Serving on a SNA committee/council offers exciting opportunities to grow professionally, develop new skills, work on issues from a national perspective and make a contribution to the school nutrition profession.

SNA has five committees to which members are appointed to serve by the Board of Directors: Membership, Nutrition & Research, Professional Development, Public Policy & Legislation and Resolutions & Bylaws.

SNA needs members who want to play an active role in assisting SNA in accomplishing its Strategic Plan goals. There are 29 open committee positions for 2020-21. Each committee is charged by the Board of Directors to complete work based on the Association’s Strategic Plan.

Download the Committee/Council Interest Form

Please return the Committee/Council Interest Form by January 31, 2020. 

Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Van Balen, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or (800) 877-8822, ext. 114

 

You may have already received an email announcing the opportunity for you to share your thoughts on legislative/advocacy priorities for 2020.  Below is the link that is currently on our website for people to utilize to share their challenges and priorities for 2020. 

As you may recall, over the last several years, we have sent out a survey monkey to our operators, industry and state agency on this effort, but this year given that there were other surveys that have gone out, we wanted to avoid any survey fatigue.  So, we have opted to post something on the website so people can participate.

Please share this link with your regions/states, etc. encouraging them to complete.  It only takes seconds.  We will use this info to inform the drafting of our Paper on December 9. 

https://schoolnutrition.org/legislation-policy/action-center/share-your-thoughts-2020-policy-priorities/

 

Have you started sharing what’s on your #SchoolLunchPlaylist with your students, staff, parents, school administration and other community stakeholders? #NSLW19 starts October 14 and will be here before you know it! While you fine tune your playlist of all things school lunch, SNA is here to help with marketing materials and PR resources to get the crowds jumping as you gear up for #NSLW19. 
 
And a new marketing tool has been added! SNA’s pre-designed Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations are ready for you to promote the NSLW 2019 theme to staff and key stakeholders! 
Remember to check out the latest Emporium Catalog or shop online for hot new NSLW merchandise that you and your staff can sport (bulk discounts available), along with fun cafeteria decorations. Order your merch early because concert swag is always hot!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FOR NSNA COMMODITY FOOD SHOW

ONE DAY ONLY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019

BUFFALO COUNTY EXHIBIT BUILDING 3807 AVE. N, KEARNEY NE

1pm-2pm  COMMODITY REVIEW WITH CHAD MOHR & US FOODS GRAND ISLAND

2pm-4pm  NSNA COMMODITY FOOD SHOW

4pm-5pm   2ND CHANCE COMMODITY REVIEW WITH CHAD MOHR & US FOODS GRAND ISLAND

TO INCLUDE:

When the flood hit Boyd County on March 13, 2019, the Orphan Grain Train from Norfolk, NE was first on the scene with water, food, clothing and much needed supplies. Without the help of these people, many would have found it very difficult to begin the recovery process.

At the 2019 Nebraska School Nutrition Association State Conference held in Kearney, a request was made to name the Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, NE, the recipient of our annual fund raiser, Pennies A Day. It was also then decided to donate all the proceeds from our basket raffle as well. Because of all the generous donations from our members, NSNA was able to make a donation to the OGT in the amount of $2,836.00.

When asked what project they had in mind to use the money for, immediately Mr Trampe said they had a bike project in mind but no funding at the time. Not long after our visit with Mr Trampe, I received this message from him.
Bethel Bible College in Ghana received a shipment of aid which included bicycles from the Norfolk warehouse. OGT received this heartfelt ‘Thank you’ from one of the boys that received a bike, his only mode of transportation. 
Hello Dr.Zina, 
I am very grateful to you and your ministry, I used to trek long distances to School, but since you gave me other friends ab bicycle, it has really helped us to go to School with ease. I want to stand on behalf of my friends and all those who benefited from your generosity and thank you so so much for this great support you have given to boost our lives and education. May God richly bless you.
Yours Faithfully,
Godwin Barfou

A big thank you to all our NSNA members who found it in their hearts to give so generously.

As you are aware US Foods has converted over the system this summer.  We are diligently trying to work out all kinks before school starts.  We have made the decision to ask that you do not key your USDA-brown box orders for August.   We are aware that some of you need to allocate to your multiple school locations.  We would ask that you send Julie Bennett   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. telling us how you would like your products allocated.  If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

We will start shipping the week of August 12th.

Keep. It. Simple. That’s how SNF’s fundraising message always gets straight to the heart of the matter: Donations help to feed hungry children. 
 
But you know that the road to this goal is anything but simple! It’s a winding road, full of hills and valleys, unforeseen obstacles blocking the way, unexpected detours and uncharted territory. To navigate this road, school nutrition professionals need directions, green lights, route markers and even some roadside assistance. This is our metaphor for explaining how professional development gets everyone closer to the goal! And for many SNA members, the Foundation holds the key to that valued growth.
 
A wide range of growth opportunities can be yours, from taking a single course on leadership to attending your first School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) to earning such letters as “SNS,” “MBA or even “PhD” after your name. Professional development comes in many forms, but the common denominator is learning that helps you 
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do your job—feeding hungry children—better. Why donate to the Foundation? It’s simple: Giving = Feeding. 
 
And whether a cafeteria manager contributes $5 at a state conference or an industry partner contributes $25,000 for a named scholarship, every single dollar counts toward that goal.

Welcome Trish Sedlacek to the Nebraska School Nutrition Association Board!  Trish was elected to the Treasurer's postion at the 62nd Annual State Conference held on June 23 - 26, 2019 in Kearney Nebraska.

Thanks you to all who donated to Pennies a Day!  This year it went to The Orphan Grain Train.

Since 1992, Orphan Grain Train’s 27 regional locations have delivered more than 25 million meals and 3,202 shipments of humanitarian aid to needy people in various states and 68 countries on 5 continents. The mission of Orphan Grain Train is uniquely dependent upon dedicated volunteers, many of whom have given numerous years of service for the sake of others. Since 1992, more than 3.7 million hours have been volunteered!

The Nebraska School Nutrition Association was held June 23-26 2019 at Holiday Inn - Kearney.

 

This bill LB 251 introduced into Committee by Senator Lynne Walz of Fremont would cover the cost of reduced meals in our schools, by the State of Nebraska. I have sent Senator Walz an email thanking her for her support.  Sometimes it feels like we don’t make much of an impact on our visits with our elected officials, but our voice is important.  I think our voice is being heard, small ripples are happening.

We are the voice for the meals we serve, for the students who come to our kitchens and tables every day.  These are our kids.
I asked  Senator Walz if there was anything we could do to help her with this bill.
 
I will keep you posted.
 
Keep warm!
 
Judy Poehlman