K-12 Blog

The Season of Bids

Posted: May 12, 2014

A message from Gary Vonck, Spring has arrived and the weather is changing; in K-12, it is the “Season of Bids”. Like spring, we know that every year at this time, bids start flowing in and the volume builds dramatically, reaching its pinnacle in June and slowly tapering off until August. The people who process […]

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April 2014 42nd Legislative Action Conference (LAC) – DC

Posted: April 10, 2014

A Message from Your Industry Representative It is great to be back as your SNA Industry Representative on the Board of Directors. I enjoyed seeing many of you a few weeks ago at the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C. I felt the discussions we had there as a group were very important in […]

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Politico: Food Fight Starting Early Over School Lunch Rules

Posted: March 11, 2014

“Keeping intact a 2010 rewrite of a law that dictates what kids eat in school — from the number of carrots to the amount of salt in their shepherd’s pie — could be a major challenge as some in Congress are already angling for a rollback… “Many of the changes included in the 2010 Healthy […]

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July 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) – Kansas City, MO

Posted: July 30, 2013

Dear SNA Industry Members, This has been quite an amazing year, and my hat is off to the Association’s Executive Team, SNA Staff and all the Board Members. If you attended the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, I’m sure you felt the buzz of all things that are in play in the K-12 […]

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April 2013 National Leadership Conference (NLC) – Savannah, GA

Posted: May 9, 2013

A Message from Your Industry Representative Dear Industry and Patron Members – The National Leadership Conference (NLC) held two weeks ago in Savannah, Ga., was truly a great event in so many ways. To see the passion of the incoming state leaders, the Future Leaders and industry members was awesome. Industry had a Partnership Forum […]

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March 2013 41st Legislative Action Conference (LAC) – DC

Posted: March 15, 2013

A Message from Your Industry Representative Dear Industry and Patron Members – Wow, what a great Legislative Action Conference (LAC)! For those of you who attended SNA’s 41st LAC, I hope you felt the energy and commitment from SNA and the all members. This is truly a “new era.” The Industry Thought Exchange on the […]

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Team Member Spotlight On Gary Vonck

Posted: January 29, 2013

Elk Grove Village, IL – KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Inc. (“KeyImpact”), We are pleased to announce that on January 13th, 2013, Gary Vonck, Vice President of KeyImpact’s Education Division, was awarded the Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award. The FAME Awards, now in its 24th year, presented Gary with the award at the SNA Child […]

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USDA With New Guidance on 2012-13 Meal Patterns In Schools

Posted: January 11, 2013

Dear Patron and Industry Members – Happy New Year! Since we spoke last, there have been some major changes in our collective worlds. First off, USDA has provided us with new guidance on the meal pattern rule, eliminating the maximums on grains and proteins for the remainder of 2012-13 while still keeping in place the minimums […]

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Discussions and Plans On The New Meal Patterns For School Meals

Posted: November 8, 2012

Dear Industry Members – Since my last letter to you in September, there has been so much commotion in our channel. I know many of our fine foodservice directors are struggling with the interpretation of the new meal pattern regulation and with gaining menu approval by their respective states. Many of our manufactures are trying […]

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2012-13 is arguably the biggest year of change that the school nutrition channel has seen…

Posted: September 13, 2012

Dear Industry Members – The 2012-13 school year is off and running, and I am sure that all of you are exceedingly busy, as we head into arguably the biggest year of change that the school nutrition channel has ever seen. With the right attitude and approach—and an abundance of communication—change can be a positive […]

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