July 16, 2012 - The School Nutrition Association of North Carolina (SNA-NC) held its Annual Conference June 18-22, 2012 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. More than 1000 child nutrition professionals from across North Carolina participated in training activities, competed in culinary arts contests and participated in training by the CNS Section of the Department of Public Instruction. The goal of the conference was to better equip Child Nutrition employees to meet the new Federal guidelines in order to serve children upon returning to school in the fall.
Several members of the Pitt County Schools Chapter were recognized for special awards. Debbie Roche, Cafeteria Manager at DH Conley, won 2nd place for Ethnic Entree. Stephanie Stepps, Central Office, won 3rd place for Ethnic Entree. Kathy McLawhorn, Assistant Manager at Belvoir Elementary, won 2nd place for National School Breakfast Week display and 3rd place for National School Lunch Week display.
The theme of the conference was “SNA-NC--Top of the Class”. SNA-NC, a state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association, joined child nutrition professionals across the US in supporting legislation to support reauthorization of the National School Lunch Program. This mission of SNA-NC, established in 1946, is to promote the health and education of children through local school nutrition programs.
The local, state and national associations are actively involved in affecting public policy to insure that the health and nutrition interests of children are protected. Association members work to improve school meal programs by publicizing the nutrition benefits of school meals, being an advocate for local, state and national policies that expand and enhance child nutrition programs and providing professional resources to increase the nutrition, business, culinary and food safety skills of child nutrition professionals.