Rockin’ Alamo City at the SNA ANC

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SNA’s Annual National Conference and Exhibit

San Antonio, Texas, is the seventh most populated city in the United States and the dry 100 degree days in July are HOT! It was definitely cooler inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, but the action and learning was just as hot as the south central Texas days outside.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) Annual National Conference pulls members and vendors from all across the U.S.. Consequently, it’s likely one of the most fun events you can attend each year as a K-12 professional. We always have a great time and a great theme in the Winston booth.

SNA fun at the Winston booth
bigfoot and tony at sna
sna craziness
playing cups at sna
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the riverwalk
winston shirts are always popular at sna anc

Naturally, we dressed, played, and had fun with the part!

This may have been one of our most active times at this yearly conference so far. Fans of CVap stopped to learn and have fun.

Everyone enjoyed the Winston “Selfie Station,” nights on the Riverwalk, The Annual Membership, Star Club Breakfast, and so much more.

Honestly, I have about a hundred photos. Consequently, trying to choose which ones to post was not easy! My favorite though, was a shot at the airport as we were all leaving to go home. One of many examples I saw while everyone waited to board their respective flights. Another awesome time at SNA’s ANC with your CVap friends at Winston!

School Nutrition: It Takes Support

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Working with State and National School Nutrition Associations

Alabama school nutrition show

All state school nutrition associations run with varying degrees of staff, depending on the support they receive. Clearly, one major factor is industry support. Specifically, these are companies that participate at annual exhibits. Frequently they display food products, kitchen equipment, software, and other offerings that can help kitchens run more efficiently. Winston Foodservice is proud to be a sponsoring vendor, on the state and national level.

Typically, each state association tries to mix things up. For many, their state show is the biggest support event of the year.

Frequently the conference culminates with an awards banquet. Clearly this year was exceptional…particularly for me.

I work with a School Nutrition Foundation committee assigned to interview School Nutrition Heroes. Critically, these are people who not only perform their jobs, but also work in the program. They go above and beyond, sometimes with difficult odds and outcomes to help super-serve their communities. These people are honored each year, along with a new group of five at School Nutrition’s Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

Alabama is one of only two states that has two heroes. 2013’s Karen Watson from Sylacauga City Schools (left) and 2016’s Samantha Ingram from Geneva County Schools (right).

Undoubtedly, I’m honored to know them and see the things they’ve accomplished. Clearly, it really is all about support. The membership, the state associations, the vendors, superintendents, principals, PTA, and on and on. A lot of effort from a lot of different places. But I can tell you, in my experience, the reward is awesome.

school nutrition pros gather
school nutrition pre show
school nutrition heros