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on Monday, 14 October 2013 in General Interest


networkingI know for myself, I am always looking for a new learning adventure. I love to get involved in professional organizations because I get to meet so many new people, learn new ideas and feel like I am part of a bigger plan to make a difference. One of the associations I am involved with is the SNA (for the non-foodies out there, that’s the School Nutrition Association). It's a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high‐quality, affordable, nutritious meals to students across the country. WOW...talk about a mouthful! In a nutshell, it's a bunch of folks like me and you who work each and every day to feed hungry students and help enhance their lives.

I recently had the opportunity to attend an SNA of Massachusetts meeting, which highlighted local chefs from the central Massachusetts area. The chefs taught us about using local foods for recipes to market daily offerings to students. We also learned about some really exciting breakfast grants that we hope to apply for this year to help drive our participation. Overall, the meeting was very informative and I met some very talented chefs and other school food service folks from across the state.

Take it from me...if you’re not a member yet, or if you have been thinking about joining another organization that seems interesting to you...I highly recommend it. I know we are all super busy all the time. Work, Family, Friends, Work, Work, Work. But take a few minutes to check out your favorite organizations and learn about all the benefits you can get from becoming a member. And here’s the SNA site if that interests you: www.schoolnutrition.org.


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John R. Gersbeck Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Very well put April. I also agree that all should be a member of the SNA. I know that most are signed up and have joined, but if time allows, all should be taking advantage of the SNA meetings as well as the newsletters they provide. They are all great sources of information whether for "whats happening" to information and new ideas, just a complete great source and group to be involved with.:D

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