President's Message

Spring/Summer 2021

Spring has finally arrived!  As I write this greeting, the sun is shining through the trees, the world is waking up, and I am hopeful.  We have passed the one-year anniversary of our school closures.  The closure lasted longer than we imagined when we redesigned our work over a weekend or a few days in March 2020.  I am so proud of the work that we collectively have done—nonstop—for over a year.  I hope you also look back on the year and see the contributions made by all of you as School Nutrition Professionals to your communities. 

Expressing gratitude has helped me weather the storms of the past year.  I am grateful for so many people who have supported me through my presidential leadership journey.  The WSNA Boards and Executive Directors over the past few years have provided wisdom, guidance, humor, and friendship and I am profoundly grateful.  I am also grateful to you, the WSNA membership, for providing the opportunity and granting me the privilege of leading this amazing organization.   I have grown in many small ways.

 “The older I get, the more I'm conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn't it?”  --Sandra Cisneros, writer

We can all make a difference in tiny matters, can’t we?  We can all make small changes in our own world.  I encourage each one of you to participate in your association as actively as you can.  We are all in different places in our lives.  For some of us, active participation might be participating in an online workshop, or taking an online class via the School Nutrition Association or Institute of Child Nutrition website.  If you have more time and energy available, I encourage you to serve on a committee that interests you.  Becoming more involved with your professional association brings many opportunities and rewards.  We need and welcome each one of you!

This is my last greeting to you through the Apple Press.  I look forward to greeting you virtually at our Annual Conference on July 27th & 28th, acknowledging our accomplishments over the past year, and celebrating the installation of Mindy Cass as President.  She will be a thoughtful and inspiring leader as we keep moving forward!

With gratitude and kind regards,

Jan

 

Our Mission

Engage, educate and empower School Nutrition professionals to advance accessibility, quality and integrity of school nutrition programs

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Every student has access to nutritious meals, to strengthen their health and well-being

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