Fresh Bites Fall Edition 2022

Fresh Bites Fall Edition 2022

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4 Ways to Get Involved with NYSNA this Fall!

Back to School Updates with New York State Education Department

2022 NYSNA Annual Conference IS ALMOST HERE!

Volume 71 Number 4 Published Quarterly

NYSNA Mission Statement

To be the informational and professional resource for all NYSNA members who provide school meals that contribute to the improvement of the optimal health, nutrition, and education of school children to reduce food insecurity.


2021-2022 Board of Directors

CENTRAL AREA Jil Swarthout FMoioddlaSkeersvCicSeDDirector 1C5li5ft4onRoSpurtein4g8s8, NY 14432 (315) 524-1041 EASTERN AREA Katy Headwell, RD DS hi reencet no rd eohf oFwo oadCSSeDr v i c e s 9C 7l i 0f t oRno uPtaer k1,4N6Y 1 2 0 6 5 (518)881-0600 x68601 NEW YORK CITY AREA Vacant NORTHEAST AREA Nicole Grandjean FCooopde nShear vg ei cne CDSiDre c t o r 3C 2o p0 eMn he cahg ae nn i, cNSYt r1e3e 6t 2 6 (315) 688-4034 SOUTHERN TIER AREA Patrick Walsh, SNS SB cr ho oo oml eL-uT ni oc gha DBi Or eCcEt oS r 1E nNdoi cr toht t L, oNdYe 1r 3A7v6e 0n u e (607) 766-3926 SOUTH AREA Mara Pugh FEolwodooSderUvFicSeDDirector 1G 0r e0e Kn el anwn ne t, hN AY v1e1n7u4e 0 (631) 266-5400

SOUTHEAST AREA Debra Donleavy DE ni rleacrtgoerdoCf SFDo oodf M& iNd dulterti toiwo nn S e r v i c e s 2M2i d3 dWl eitsonwe rn ,ANv Ye n1u0e9 4 0 (845) 774-6275 WESTERN AREA Tracie Middleton, SNS DA li fnr iendg SAt da tme i Cn oi sl lt er ag teo r 1A 0l f rUepdpNe Yr C1o4l8l e0g2e (607) 587-4037 At Large Director Megan Bates SCeanpiiot arl SRcehgoioolnLBuOnCc hE SD i re c to r 1A0l b3a1nWy, aNtYe r1v2l i2e0t -5S h a k e r Ro a d (518) 918-8135 At Large Director



PRESIDENT Donna Riviello FC ol yodde S- Sear vvai cnen Da hi r Ce cS tDo r 2C 1l y5d eG, l aNsYg o1w4 4S3t3r e e t (315)902-3060 PRESIDENT ELECT Caitlin Lazarski, MS, RD, SNS FNoeowdbSuerrgvhi cCei tDy i rSeDc t o r 1N2e4wGburarnghd, SNtrYe1et2550 (845) 863-3426 VICE PRESIDENT Naim Walcott SWc ehsot ohlaLmupntcohn MB ae na ac hg eUr F S D 2W9eLstihlaacmRpotaodn Beach, NY 11978 (631) 288-3800x261 SECRETARY/TREASURER Joe Kilmer, MS. ED., SDBL RG er egai ot enra Sl Do ui rtehcetronr To if eFroBoOd CSEeSr v i c e s 9H5o0r sSeihnegaSdisn, gNRYo1a4d8 4 5 (607) 739-6360


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October 1, 2022 Deadline to Register for NYSNA Annual Conference October 21-22, 2022 NYSNA Annual Conference – Verona, NY November 9, 2022 Fresh Bites Deadline (2023 Winter Issue) November 30, 2022 NYSNA Regional Industry Seminar – Long Island, NY December 14, 2022 NYSNA Regional Industry Seminar - Rochester, NY December 15, 2022 NYSNA Regional Industry Seminar - Saratoga, NY January 15-17, 2023 SNA School Nutrition Industry Conference - San Diego, CA –

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DONNA RIVIELLO President’s Message


The Trendsetters Welcome back everyone twoi tah nqeuwe sstci ohno so,l Iy ewaar.nAt esdwteo eomf f ebra rak ri ne mt oi nadneer.w Ws eea saorne rt ihf ee Tg er et nt odssseet dt ear sb. iWt we iat hr ec thhael l ec na pg et asi nd sa yo ifnoaunr dpdr oa gy roaumt .s H. Wo we emv eary, if you’re reading this, you too, are still pressing forward. Invictus

Welcome to the new school year. I hope this year finds a return to better circumstances then tt hweo pyreeavri os .u sI ,s hmryosuedl f w, aem’ v eobv ee re nC oo pv iedr aatni ndg ruena dd ey r tfoo rmt ohveep oa snt, while letting go of the negative effects of the Pandemic and embracing the positive changes we know it created. I finally fteoebluassitnheosusgahs iuts’sutailm. e to breathe a sigh of relief and get back It th i hs aAs s sboeceina t isounc.h Iann J ue xl yc, i tIi nt rga vyeelaerd ftoor Omr el a nads op, rFel soirdi edna t f oorf S “ P N o A w ’ s e r A e n d n u b a y l N I m a t a i g o i n n a a l t i C o o n n ” fe a r n e d n c O e . r l T a h n i d s o ye w a a r s ’ s t t h h e e m p e e r w fe a c s t soef tst ci nhgo ot ol ns hu ot rwi tci oa sne pt rhoegnr ae mw sa an cdr oi nsns otvhaet icvoeuindterays. Ictowmai ns gs uocuht as cnaal ewaegsaoimn . e Tehxep ec or inefnecree nbceei nwgabs aj cakmi np apcekresdo nw oi tnh si nu fcohr ma laatri gv ee wi nodrukssthr yo ppsa ratnnde r ns ebwa c kc oi nn cpeeprtsso. n Iot nwt ahsa ts mo agsrseiav te tsoh oswe er oooumr floor. I was so happy to see many new products and ideas ad ni sdt rai cmt . e xTchi tee do pt eonbi nr ign gg esnoemr ael nseews s imo ne awl oi tpht iDo nu sn cbaanc kWtaor dml ye wt haosu gvhetr py r oi nv toekriancgt.i vTer a ianni dn g eynoguargmi nign datso wa l ewl al yas st hei nx tkr e“ wmhe al yt itfy”pai cnadl wl oaoyk oaft daol li nt hg et hpionsgssi .b iDl i trieeasma nBdi gnaont db ec rlei ma tiet ead cbuyl t ut hr ee opfr eisnennotvaat itoi onnt oi nb eyovuerr ypernolgi rgahmt esn ianngd. yo u r l i f e . I f o u n d t h e Sppa retaikc ii pn ag t eoifn “sderveearma l i nnge wbpi gr”o j eI c tasmo n etshpee cNi aYlSl yN Ae xf rcoi tnetda nt do can’t wait to see the finished product. We have some very ey xe ca irt…i nbge vs ue nr et utroe ss t aa yn dt u anne nd otuontcheims ea wn tasr dc -owmi ni nngi nign mt ha eg a nz ienxet at hnidn kp aorutri cmi peamt ebienr sa lwl itlhl abte yeoxucri t me de ma nbde rrseh- ii np s hp ai rse dt o. oI f kf enro. wI I am! This article is especially bittersweet for me as this will be the final edition of Fresh Bites where I write to you as president and member of the Executive Committee. First, I want to thank everyone who inspired me in the past and had the confidence if no rmt uen at ot el ea andd tl uh ci sk ya sf soor ct ihaet i eoxnp. e Ir iternucl ye sf ea enldhkunmo bwl leedd, gbel eI shsaevde, gained over the past several years. I have had the best time, SNA Annual National Conference

ms e ec to tnhde omf oms yt aj omuarzni enyg. pI ef eoepl l es oa nl udc tkhyo trho autg mh l yy et ennj ouyr ee dc aE mV Ee RaYt the perfect time. I had the wonderful fortune of learning from some of the brightest and best in this field as I watched and loena rt nh ea dt kf rnoomw lSecdogt et , tMo atrhko &s e S cuoem. Ai nsg I apf rt ee rp amr ee d, Imf oy us enldf tmo ypsaeslsf ad ma i al yz ebda sai ns .d I eknnl iogwh ttehnaet dt hbiys dC ya ni t al imn ,i cN taei amma wn di l lJ omeaokne aa l lma sotsi tn ga al enadr npfrroofmo utnhde mi mi np aacl tmoons t oeuv re rays isnotcei raat ci ot ino na sw Ie hc oa nd t ti on gueetdh et ro. I am truly excited about the future of NYSNA.

“35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war.” - Jeff Bridges Il ensdsups trroyc ehsassi nr eg swp oi tnhdoepdt ti oo nt hs el i dk ee s“iCr el efaonr mL aobreel ”h ao nmde “- sWt yhl oe l me Me aul ss calne d”. The push for more diversity in meal choices has opened the door to new global flavors and concepts being presented by manufacturers bn iogwa nsdc hsomoal l ln, uatsr ietvi oi dne nf occeuds ae td t hpiosdyceaasrt ss ’ Ao nN Cs oi nc i Oa lr lma neddoi a. Tahnedr enaerwe sdue ps ipgonr, t t rpal iant if no gr ma sn dt heavte no f wf e ar yssutpopaosrst i sf tr odmi v eervsei fryyitnhgi nygo uf rro pmr omg reanmu that are available. Ymoounrt hNl yY StNo wA nEhx ae lclumt i veee t iBnogasr dt o ibs ent toewr spt raernt ng et hr ei nng owu ri t hp a Nr tYnSeEr sDh iipn, cwoomr kmi nugn i cwaittiho nN Ya Sn dD eg po av retrmn ae nn ct e o. f AAd gdri ti ci ounl taul rl ye, awned aMr ea r ka el st os wn oi twh tUhneiivre rnseawl Ma de ma l isn fi os trr aotui or nc hoifl dt hr een NaYl s 3o 0c%o n. tTi nh ue ecso bn ot itnhu ea dt tphues hs t af ot er lf ee ve edli nagn cdh inl dart ei onn. aOl luyr. Fa ri nmayl l yo f apnrdo f emsos isot niaml sp iosr tsat ni l tl l yn, o uwrei s ha irneg stthi lel nb oe xdty.gTe hn iesr ai st iwo nh aetvwe rey dd oa y. Twhiitshi sh ewahl taht yy of ouoadr teoadpeavretl oopf . i n m i n d a n d “Most of our citizenry believes that hunger only affects people who are lazy or people who are just looking for a handout, people who don’t want to work, but, sadly, that is not true. Over one-third of our hungry people are innocent children who are members of households that simply cannot provide enough food or proper nutrition. And to think of the elderly suffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of us. Unlike Third World nations, in our country the problem is not having too little – it is about not caring enough! Write your elected representatives and promote support for the hungry.” - Erin Brokovich Twhi teh Nyeowu . YTohr akt Si cs hboeocl a Nu suet rwi t ieo na r Ae sms oacdi ea t ui opn oi fs yboouo. t Ist oi sn at hnee gwr oyue na dr , let’s do it together. I hope to see you at our first in person state conference since Covid, in October. Come be a Trendsetter and join us.

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid.

…be sure to stay tuned to this award- winning magazine and participate in all that your membership has to offer. I think our members will be excited and re-inspired. I know I am!

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll,

It hwi so uwlodubl de hr eamv ei sbs eief nI pdoi ds sni’ bt lme ewnittihoonu tt htohueg hs u, pt hpaotr tn oonf eo uorf wt e oa nmd. e rJ feunln, i fkenr, oAwl yl esds ga e, aAbslhel e iagnhd & pJ au sl isai -own ea t ae r ehseoa df oq rutaurnt ea rt es tToh ha na vkeyyoouusroe mn tuhcuhs ifaosrma lal nodf py oa us sri oa ns swi s ot ar nk ci ne gaonnd ohuarr db ewhoarl kf . icno nhveel pr si na tgi omnes . t Yo osuurc ci ne ne do v. aIt iwo ni l l atnr ud l yh amr di s swoour rk di sa iel yv/i dweenetkilny edveedriycathtiionng ttohaotuNr offer! Thank you again for your With that, I would like to wish each of you a successful school year filled with endless possibilities. Should you find yourself sj ot uu cr kn eoyr, I s wt r ou ug lgdl i ne gn cionu ryaoguer yporuo gt roa mr esa cohr oyuotu tro pyroouf er s fsei ol l no wa l dT ihreeyc two ri lsl saened y oNuY St hNrAo umg he. mTbhearnsk. y oTuh easgea i na rfeo rYyOoUuRr spuepoppol ret. and faith in me. God Bless!

I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY Se vc he royotlh ni nugt rfirtoi omn wh ha sa tai sl ohte oa lf t hoyu ttsoi dwe hvaot i icse ms taerlkl ient ga bul es . Pa da rme innti s t rgartoi ounp sa, r e awl le lt lenl lei snsg o pc oe rma mt o irtst ewe hs a t ai sn gdo o de vaennd wn uhtar ti t ii os na lgl ouwi deedl i. n eWs er eadrue cnt iaovni goaft isnogd icuhma l.l eHnogwe s ml iekaet ltehses ss ho yo ?u lTdhoeumr mo veenmu es nbte f ao nr dmboyr et hsactr ma t ec ha scuoroe ksihnog ual dn di t haol lmbee- sa tgyal ien m. Ie ba lrsi nhga st hbeeseen ehxi at mw pi tlhe st huepl anbootr tios s tuoeu ot vperroabnl edmo av tei rc areresialsieanlcl eofanuds athreataollftoouorwpealrltanwerasr.e of, but to illustrate our

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Executive Director’s Message



I had the opportunity to chat with two amazing food service directors from Maine and Colorado. Two states that could not be farther apart but are both making significant impact on child nutrition. Alisa from Maine walked me through her Sea to School program and the impact that serving fresh foods has had on her school District. Amy from Colorado talked about her top ways of motivating her staff and marketing techniques that have helped win her community over. LISTEN HERE AROUND THE STATES Alisa Roman Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston, ME Maine School Nutrition Association Past President A2 0l i1s a3 . R oAml i saan , hSaNs Sb he ea ns bi ne eCnhpi l adr tNouft rtiht ieo nM as ii nn ceeS 2c h0o1o2l aNnudt riist i ot hne Acsusrorcei na tt i oDni rSe icnt oc er oS cf hNouotl r iNt iuotnr i tai no dn Twroarnl sdp, oArltias tai own ofrokre dL efwo ri s tSoond ePxuob. l i cD uS cr ihnogo lhs e. rB e8f-oyreea rj otienni nugr et haet SPor odde ux oc t, isohne/ Sheerl vdi creo lMe sa na sa gae rU na ti t BMi nagnhaagme rt oant CUonlibvye rCs oi tlyl e igne Ni ne wW aYtoerrkv iSl ltea,t eM. E , aSnh de has an Associates and Bachelor’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York, is Certified as a level 4 in the School Nutrition Association, and is a certified School Nutrition Specialist. She is also a certified Serv-Safe Proctor and Teacher, mentor for t( hNeo rUt ShDe aAs pt )r, oagnr da ms e“rTveeasma su pt hfeo rc uS ur rcecne ts sP”,r eS se irdveens ta- Es lae cmt eamn db ePra os tf tPhree sNi da teino tn af ol rS Nt hAe MMeami nbee rSschhiopoCl oNmu mt r ii tt itoe ne Association. As tlai st ea ha na sd al ol oc av el . o Of anl lt thhei nngast iCohnial dl lNe vuet lr, i st ihoen p. aS rhtei cdi pe ma t eo dn si tnr at ht ees St chhi so lool vNe ubtyr ibt ieoi nn gAascstoi vc iea itni otnhse Fc uo tmu mr e uLnei at yd ea rt sa lcl ol envf eerl se n- -c ne aatsi own ea ll l, ai ns St ht aet eS cl he goiosll aNt ui vter iat icot inv iLt ei egsi srlealtai vt ee dAtcot iCohni lCdoNn fuetrrei tni coen iannWd aHsuhni ng ge trorne lDi e. Cf .e f fIonr tt sh. e Ls toactael loyf sMh ae i hn ae s, sphaer tciac ni pba et efdo ua ns da pC aorut ni cci ipl oa rt i on ng the Good Food Council of Lewiston and Auburn. Awloi sr ak ii ns ge xwc ii tt he dt ht eo Ms haai rnee hS ec rh looovl eNaunt dr i pt i aosns Ai osns of oc ri af toi oo dn aa nn dd tCohci lodn Nt i un turei tti oo nb ewai tsht raol nl wg ah do vaorceaitne t feorre Cs thei dl d. r eS nh ea ni sdeNx cui tt reidt i toon cwo on rt ikneur es in the State of Maine. Alisa lives in Winthrop Maine with her husband Matt and their two children Haley and Elizabeth. BY JULIA ALOTTA, MPA ADVOCACY COORDINATOR

Dear NYSNA Members, As you jump into the new school year that is filled with mtwh aoi nyr ket ihnuagnt opwfr eey ccoeaudn ae. nn dt e hd o pc hi na gl l et on gh ee sl p, ks nu op wp o rt th ya ot uwi en aa nr ye IconafmereSnOce EtaXkCiInTgEDplaacbeout our upcoming annual October 21-22 at Turning SCp taoonmndeme mi Rt tieecsemo raft yo! rh aTcvhre ea dan i tksi rn uyg op ut ae ndt oo autmrh cea oz ni2nf0eg2r e2envcCeeonsnt t . f he er epTnahcs eet cht hoa aus tpci l sre er oae fti emydea agari snf ,ai nbn gut atws tthhi cai st Wac ome nl acf oze imrne gen cgBeraoccuaknp ebovef e. vnot l uf onrt eyeor us Wdp iaset thhr si ac, vtaes n, sfdre oewmn i tsrhoe tsmi or ea mmn yae nsn tyt as fntf eocwhe ma Fnbogaoerdsk wSi nei gtr hvo ii nnc eno eDuwri r sce cac hrt eoo ero srl coming into this field it’s more important than ever for mta onedcmopmbeeeerrst ost out prh epe ao ccr oht noi sf ue utr ena nnd cdoeue btxhtt aei sbn lydyeaat hpr . ee rTgs hroeena ant leeistntwvNiot Yra kSt iiNon Ang

Thank You to Our President! National School Lunch Week Jcuosmt iangreump inder about National School Lunch Week October 11-15 – be sure to share pictures wa l li tshe eA tshhel ewi gohn tdoe rpfousl tp or onmooutri osnosc iaal ll amr eo du inadstoh ewset actaen. ATy eHnadAr Nl waKs et Yl yhO, aUI v wet oabnoet ue tnr o ptt rraeyksi eni dgae ntmot , o gDmeoet nnbnt aaac nRk di vt ogi ei vl wl eo h. aa theTuvhgei esr tmpheeer rsngoiennwg– “itnthowe r amvs iarsl to”u iatsil mgwoe iocnrogl nd tsoua mnb edi nc ogg m, e at etni. nd gTqhubi isat eci knf cr alt uondkeil nys iaDt ne dws padi steede itxchhaeat iucohsntai lnt l oeg n! t gh eiTss h aca srneskoa tcyei aod tui bo yfno trahnye do puiart ns ldemeamedmei crbsyehori spu. still steered this association flawlessly. Your passion kyoeputfoyrouyorubrosaerrdviecneg. aged and inspired and we thank Best wishes for a great school year.

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membership benefit. Ttt hhhar rot ouurggehhl a tat hi oecnopsmah nippduset me ar i rces wc rneeoel et na, rb nau eni lddt tcwha eene k aebmne do ucg ona uti nl deo dhf e lkfprn oao mwn el ewtdhdgi eisr e tcoht noa ert tTa hwhr eaorruedgsha ora uev ta ipt l hal eebnl eet yn –t i or efe s srp ecehgc ioi saot l rl l yayt ei f oao nrr. first timers. I am encouraging each obwfri iytnhoguy oat wa k ef rtihe antdc ot on nceocnt fi oe rneannc de

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NYSNA is always talking to its members online and highlighting the wonderful things you are all doing in your district. Tag us in your tray pictures and we will repost it to help inspire other food service directors!

We want to hear about what you are experiencing on the front lines feeding children day in and day out. What better way to hear about how NYSNA can help make your jobs easier than from you. We are currently recruiting for our Professional Development, Membership, and Awards & Scholarship committees. Learn more about the current leadership opportunities by clicking HERE ! • Don’t worry, we know you all have busy schedules, so we broke down each committee by time commitment. Click HERE to learn more.

NYSNA’s 2022 annual conference will be here before you know it and yes it will be IN PERSON! This is the perfect opportunity to talk to people who are in the same boat as you. Not only will you learn about better ways to improve your food service program but also socialize with those who just “get you.” This year’s conference will not let you forget how Food Service is #EverydayEssential Click HERE to register. Having trouble making the case to your boss about attending conference? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the web page to see the customized letter to your supervisor that can help you win your case to attend conference.






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BY JULIA ALOTTA FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR SHENENDEHOWA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TIME FOR AN ITALIAN MOMENT! Homemade Lasagna with Ricotta Cheese Did you know that October is Italian Heritage month? Make this recipe for you students while educating them about Italian history! Buon appetite! Ingredients Sauce Spaghetti sauce, beef, premium Salt, kosher Instructions 2 gallons, 3 cups 2 TBS, 1½ tsp

1. Place sealed bag of sauce in a steamer or inboiling water. 2. Heat approximately 45 minutes or until product reaches serving temperature. After heating, place in a big container, add salt and mix. CAUTION: Open bag carefully to avoid being burned. Control Measures: Heat product to 165° F or higher for 15 seconds To Make Ricotta Mixture: 1. In a big container, mix ricotta cheese, egg, parsley, and oregano. 2. Place in fridge until lasagna is ready to be assembled. Control Measures: Store in refrigerator <40° F. To Assemble: 1. In a 4 inch pan place 2 quarts Spaghetti sauce, sprinkle 3/4 cup parmesan cheese. 2. Layer dry lasagna noodles 3. Spread 2 cups Ricotta Mixture. 4. Add 2 quarts Spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle 3/4 cup parmesan cheese 5. Layer dry lasagna noodles. 6. Spread 2 cups Ricotta Mixture. 7. Add 2 quarts Spaghetti sauce, sprinkle 3/4 cup parmesan cheese. 8. Top with mozzarella cheese. 9. Bake for 40 minutes covered at 350° F on Medium. After 40 mins, uncover and bake for additional 20 minutes (until cheese turns golden brown). Control Measures: Heat product to 165° F or higher for 15 seconds. Hold for hot service >140° F.

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BBQ Cookoff at Hartford CSD

Edible Gardens in New York Encourage Students to Explore BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE


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Check out the “Getting Started with School Gardens” guide from the Utah State Board of Education.



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Buffalo Child Nutrition #BuffaloStrong

On May 14th, 2022 our Buffalo community experienced a tragedy that shook our city and equally this country. Born, raised, educated, employed and still residing in this City of Good Neighbors, I am vested in our community. We cried, mourned and united in this tragedy. Thank you to our NYSNA and Child Nutrition family across the country, for prayers, condolences and offers of support to our Buffalo families. Many of our team members were affected by losing family members in this horrific attack. Months may have passed but the wounds are deep and continued prayers for healing are appreciated. We are Buffalo Strong!

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Wellness Walk with Julia Alotta

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General Session Keynote: How to Become the Top Chef of Your Program Avishar Barua & Christopher Viaud

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Pre-Con: FUND Facts - Financial Management for School Nutrition Programs – Dr. Beverly L. Girard, PhD, MBA, RD, SNS, Visual Solutions and Leading Edge Training and Consulting School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Exam Must register through SNA. CLICK HERE for more info.

Yoga with Julia Alotta


Closing the Generational Gap in the Workplace You and Your School Food Service Director

Don’t Feed the Trolls: Handling Negativity on Social Media Things You Didn’t Know: Tips & Tricks in 15 Minutes

Leadership Networking Breakfast: Committee Day Part II (Invitation Only Event)

EXHIBIT HALL Etiquette The NYSNA Exhibit Hall is guaranteed to be an exciting experience – but it also can be a little overwhelming, especially for first- timers. Everywhere you turn, there’s something to taste, touch, smell and learn about! WAhsi l me tuhceh gf aumn ea ss , tghi ve eEaxwhai by ist aHnadl l sias m, hpol we se av reer, ai t ws iamy pt oo retna tni ct et oy ok eu etpo ilne amr ni nmd ot hr ea ta ibt oi su ta ap cl aocme pwahneyr’ se pbruosdi nuec st s, pi sl etahsee tdoop yporui or rpi tayr. t ! Take the time to listen to what the exhibitors have to say about their products. Be honest about your program’s needs. Relay your interest about the product and the company. Don’t take advantage by hoarding extra giveaways or samples. If you want to bring shelf-stable samples back home to test with other team members, wait until the end of the Exhibit Hall hours to ask vendors if they have excess to spare. Be aware of your district’s policy for personal acceptance of contest prizes from exhibitors. Always be sure to thank the vendors for attending conference, supporting NYSNA and partnering with you to serve the children. No matter your job title and responsibilities, all school nutrition team members are expected to be ambassadors of their profession and demonstrated experts in the business. Exhibitors return year after year because they understand the benefits of this unique opportunity to meet individually with thousands of school nutrition professionals – both decision-makers and decision-influencers. With your help, they’ll continue to see exhibiting at conference as a worth while investment, ensuring that it’s the best state – wide resource available to you every summer!

Engagement Area at Registration

General Session: State Agency Updates

Committee Day Part I (Inviation Only Event) Industry Game Night (Invitation Only Event)


Breakout Workshops

Industry Appreciation Dinner & Awards


Friday Night Entertainment Dueling Pianos

Farm to Schl

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Support Local Farmers Reimbursement (NYS 30% Initiative) Easy for Staff

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