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July 10, 2014
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School Nutrition Association's
Annual National Conference 2014
SNA's Annual National Conference is truly the "School Nutrition Event of the Year."

Held in historic Boston from July 13 to 16, this year's event marks the 68th annual conference. More than 6,500 attendees, including school nutrition professionals, industry members and allied organizations, are expected to attend to meet, network, learn and grow.

This event will cover a wide spectrum of topics while offering training opportunities, roundtable discussions and culinary demonstrations, along with best practices and the latest in school nutrition research.

This report follows some of the major issues in school nutrition today, including the lunch menu, hunger in schools and nutrition education. Learn more about the ANC education sessions scheduled for each day.

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What's for Lunch? 
  • USDA expands Greek yogurt program for school lunches
    Greek yogurt  
    A school lunch program in seven states will include Chobani Greek yogurt as a protein substitute, and the Upstate Niagara Cooperative in New York will provide Greek yogurt to an additional state, according to members of New York's congressional delegation. The yogurt option was successful in a four-state U.S. Agriculture Department test last year, when children consumed 200,000 pounds of the product. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Calif. district buys local for free summer-meal program
    A California school district is featuring made-from-scratch meals and locally purchased produce in its free summer-meal program. The program, which launched about 12 years ago, typically includes a breakfast with items such as yogurt, fruit, muffins, hard-boiled eggs and milk. Lunch usually includes a ham and cheese hoagie, watermelon, salad, baked chips and milk. The Lompoc Record (Calif.) (6/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hunger in School 

  • Fla. school district makes summer lunch program mobile
    The Manatee County school district in Florida is taking its summer food program on the road in a bus that lets children eat free inside, where it is air conditioned, or outside under an awning. Registered dietitian Skye Grundy said the meals include a protein, fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk so that children who may not have enough food at home get a balanced meal. Bay News 9 (Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.) (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Nutrition Education in School 

  • Student program combines nutrition education, art
    Students at Church Street Elementary School in White Plains, N.Y., participated in a residency program with an artist and a dietitian who taught them about good nutrition and helped them create nutrition-themed murals that are displayed at the school. The children made healthy meals together and also used math skills by tracking food intake. Plains, N.Y. (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SNA Resources 
  • Review ANC's Schedule at a Glance to see what's in store for you at the "School Nutrition Event of the Year!"

    Kick start your professional development with a pre-conference session.

    Three exciting General Sessions with celebrities and industry leaders that will entertain, inspire and motivate you.

    Thought-provoking education sessions to take your career to the next level. Enjoy networking at these fun and memorable ANC events.

    In Boston, utilize the event mobile app, ANC On the GO, for easy access to everything you need!

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