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Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

MdSNA is a non-profit organization comprised of School Food Service Professionals in the state of Maryland. We are affiliated with the National School Nutrition Association which connects us to others across the nation with our same interest...

Child Nutrition Programs for all children.

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How Did We Do

We would love your feedback on October's annual convention. Please let us know your thoughts by filling out our evaluation. 

Congratulations to Howard County's Karen Sima for being the raffle winner of a free registration package for our 2017 convention. Thank you for participating in our survey by December 1 and for your helpful feedback.


Breaking News

2017 Position Paper

2017 Position Paper: Talking Points


Perdue Expected To Be USDA Secretary Nominee

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to be President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. Perdue is the son of a farmer and received support from farmers' groups.
National Public Radio (1/18)


Trump To Announce Sonny Perdue for Agriculture

"Trump to announce Sonny Perdue for Agriculture," by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Ian Kullgren, Jenny Hopkinson, Catherine Boudreau, Josh Dawsey and Alex Isenstadt: "President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be the next Agriculture secretary ... The decision, which is expected to be announced on Thursday, ends weeks of speculation that Trump was looking to name a woman or Hispanic to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture and answers the pleas of the more than 70 members of Trump's agriculture advisory council who were hoping to have one of their own put in charge of the lower-profile but far-reaching agency with a $150 billion budget." http://politi.co/2k6HAQF

 

Two More Members Added to Agriculture Landing Team

Trump’s landing team for the Department of Agriculture is now comprised of a total of five people. Russell Laird and Stephen Vaden are the two newest additions, joining the team on January 5th. Laird is the former vice president of federal relations at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and has held several other top positions in organizations such as the American Trucking Association and Philip Morris International. Vaden is a Yale Law School graduate who works as a government relations associate at the law firm, Jones Day. These two new members join Brian Klippenstein, executive director of Protect the harvest, who has been the original and sole team member since mid-December. Carrie Castille, a former associate commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, joined the team on December 29th, followed a few days later by Lance Kotschwar, chief ethics and compliance officer and vice president for government and industry affairs at the Gavilon Group, a commodity management firm. All five members are volunteers tasked with gathering information from the agency for the incoming administration.

Meanwhile, the long search for a Secretary of Agriculture continues. Speculations abound but no concrete decisions have been made. Most recently, Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) shared that following a meeting with the Vice President-elect Pence, he believes the search is still “fluid.”

 

Registration is now open for SNA’s first virtual expo!

This FREE expo will be accessible to SNA members from January 31 through April 30, 2017. The first three days, January 31- February 2will be “live days” where exhibitors will answer questions in real time through the live chat option. One of the many great features of this expo is that you will have access to exhibit booths and education sessions 24/7. Plus, going virtual allows you to visit as often as you would like from the comfort of your own computer.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:Image result for vintage usa ribbon clip art

  • Networking Lounge – a great place to connect with your colleagues and industry reps
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall – explore solutions for your school nutrition program from leading vendors
  • Learning Center – education sessions where you can earn CEUs

Learn more and register for the Expo: www.schoolnutrition.org/virtualexpo.


Win a Trip to LAC 2017

SNA’s annual Legislative Action Conference Sweepstakes is back! The winner will enjoy FREE registration for LAC 2017, flights and accommodations for themselves and a guest, as well as be recognized during the Opening General Session. SNA will also reserve a VIP table for the winner and guest at the conference.

This year’s contest is all about getting creative – something we know school nutrition professionals do every day. Send us a patriotic picture of yourself in a fun costume such as Rosie the Riveter or Uncle Sam! It is almost Halloween, but your entry doesn’t have to feature a costume. Send in your Federal Election, or Veterans day themed photos, your USA-themed menu items, and of course pictures of your elected officials touring a school cafeteria are always encouraged and welcome. We want to show the world that school nutrition professionals make a difference by speaking up and participating in our Democracy.

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