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Stand Up for School Nutrition

The Health and well-being of our children seems to be a hot topic everywhere with various entities presuming to know the best way to nourish our children. The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act is now a part of the history that will shape our future. Whether we're discussing rising food costs, nutrition standards or meal patterns; addressing other provisions relating to the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act; or enhancing the image of school nutrition,the more members SNA represents, the greater influence we have to impact these issues. Recruiting new members is more crucial today than ever before. View Membership Options»

July SNA News Headlines:


TOP STORY – July 6,2014
* San Francisco schools to revamp cafeterias, student meals
* Tenn. students harvest, sell 900 pounds of veggies
* Md. district officials expect to serve 200,000 meals this summer
* Summer meal program in Va. works to curb hunger among students
* Student program combines nutrition education, art
* Dietitian offers advice for making nutritious choices
* Overprotective mothers may influence obesity in children
* Ala. officials call for greater flexibility for meal standards
* Webinar: Go mobile at ANC Boston
* Have you visited SmartBlog on Education?

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TOP STORY -  June 13

* Vote on federal school meal waiver gets delayed
* Children tend to gain more weight during summer season
* Ill. districts consider Community Eligibility Provision
* Salad bar donations expand students’ access to healthy food
* CDC report shows U.S. teens making some healthier choices
* Vote on federal school meal waiver gets delayed
* Veto keeps chocolate milk on Conn. school menus
* The STEPS challenge returns for 2014-2015
* TV’s Ali Vincent to lead STEPS wellness activity at ANC 2014

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TOP STORY – June 3, 2014
* How 5 programs plan to keep students fed during the summer
* Calif. high school encourages students to drink more water
* Miss. schools open cafeterias over the summer to serve free meals
* Iowa school’s Munch and More program combines reading, lunch
* Canadian students help build community food gardens for 4 senior homes
* Experts ID obesity markers in children, teens with diabetes
* More flexibility sought in implementing healthier meal standards
* Texas districts choose to keep federal meal program despite waivers
* Cafeteria site visits sweepstakes

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Last Month’s News:

* Researcher works behind the scenes to shape school meals
* Wash. state district looks for alternative funding sources for summer meals
* Texas district overhauls cafeteria model, expands summer meals
* Colo. district to serve breakfast, lunch during summer break
* Educator aims to teach students lifelong fitness through cycling
* Snack quality declines as children get older, study says
* Stress eating exacerbates obesity in children
* First lady rebuffs efforts to delay school lunch rules
* Wyo. district: Identifying students for meal programs is “imperfect science”
* ANC 2014: A great value!
* Last chance for SNA election nominations

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* N.Y. district serves meat alternatives on Mondays
* Ind. district to offer universal, free meals
* Minn. 6th-graders look to the sun for cooking power
NUTRITION & WELLNESS* Parents are key to portion sizes for children, experts say
* Dietitian shares ideas for keeping children healthy, active over the summer
* CDC finds fewer U.S. teens have sufficient cardio fitness levels
* Mediterranean-style diet in children may curb obesity risk
* USDA offers support for Senate school nutrition comprise
* SNA members: Your input is needed

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2014 NJ-SNA Annual Conference

Save the Date: November 5th & 6th 2014.

NJ-SNA’s 52nd Annual Conference and Vendor Show will be held at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Registration and Vendor Information coming soon…..



Jersey City PS 25 Wins National Art Contest Supporting

“Healthy Eating” 

Winning Design will be Unveiled Monday and Displayed on Delivery Truck

                                 (Jersey City, NJ) – APRIL 24, 2014 – Jersey City Public School students have plenty of art talent.  And now, one of their artworks will be on a moving display across the city.

Nicolaus Copernicus School PS 25 is among six national grand prize winners in the 2014 Preferred Meals “Healthy Lunch for a Healthier Me!” Art Contest for 4th through 6th graders.

The winning design will be unveiled at the school on Monday and become a featured billboard display on a 23-ft truck delivering school meals. In addition, the PS 25 student who designed the winning art entry will be announced and honored at Monday’s presentation hosted by special guest Chef David P. Martone, CCP, of Classic Thyme Cooking School.  Chef David will reveal the Art Contest winner and will deliver a healthy message to students about the importance of good nutrition and making healthy choices.

Preferred Meals, who provides school meals to PS 25 as well as other Jersey City schools, created the art contest and school lesson plan program in 2012 to support healthy eating in a fun and imaginative way.  Preferred Meals is one of the country’s largest suppliers of healthy, affordable and well-balanced meals to public and private school districts and charter schools.

Winners were selected based on originality of design, theme message clarity and artistic merit by a special judging committee. Second place winners will be featured on school tray liners during the 2014-15 school year and all entries are on display on the Preferred Meals Facebook page. Winners will be featured on the Preferred Meals website and in the monthly Preferred World newsletter.

“We believe the Healthy Lunch for a Healthier Me program helps educate students about the importance of healthy food and good nutrition,” said Clare R. Keating, SNS, Vice President of Marketing, Preferred Meals. “For over 46 years we have been totally committed to providing students with healthy and tasty meals and we are also committed to providing nutrition education and aiding teachers in sharing the benefits of healthy eating with their students,” she added.


Preferred Meal Systems, Inc.

 Since 1967, Preferred Meals headquartered in Berkeley, Illinois supplies healthy, fresh and affordable well-balanced meals in public and private school districts and charter schools throughout the United States.  In addition to serving wholesome and affordable meals, Preferred Meals offers school foodservice operators menu-planning and development, training and equipment.  The company provides breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks and dinner meals during the school year as well as to summer nutritional meal programs.  For further information about Preferred Meals visit

SNA Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2014 winner of SNA’s Outstanding Director of the Year Award for the state of New Jersey - Maureen Remner: General Manager – Sodexo – Vernon School District

Congratulations to the 2014 winner of SNA’s Louise Sublette Award of Excellence in School Nutrition for the state of New Jersey – Marlene LeRoy: NJSNA President - Manager – Princeton Food Management Burlington Twp. MS

Both winners will be honored at the upcoming School Nutrition Association’s Annual Conference July 13-16, 2014, in historic Boston.  Please attend and show your support.


Educators from around the state attend School Breakfast Summit

(left-right)  Principal James E. Knox Jr., New York Avenue School, Atlantic City; Teacher Dana Fraizier, Woodbury; Karen DeLamater, (NJ-SNA President-Elect) School Nutrition Director of Jersey City Public Schools; Angela Andrews, parent in Union City School, and Joseph Jones, Superintendent Woodbury City School District, participated in the Garden State School Breakfast Summit at Lafayette Yard Hotel in Trenton.