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2017 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show

Join us for SNAM's 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show

October 19-22, 2017

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

Our annual conference this year is a celebration of us - SNA of Michigan!  This year we will be "Painting Our Way to School Nutrition" while also "Painting with a Twist" and spending "A Night in Paris".  And back by popular demand we will have Justin "Deejay" Forella entertaining during our banquet and beyond!  Don't forget your dancin' shoes and a Parisian themed outfit!

We have amazing sessions planned for you all - the conference is a great time to meet professional standards, network with members from all around the state, and catch up with the fantastic vendors at the exhibit show that support our programs so passionately.  The Amway Grand is a beautiful venue, situated downtown, close to wonderful shops and restaurants ready to welcome us all!

Our keynote speaker, Elnian Gilbert from one of Michigan's most well-known companies, Zingerman's.  You won't want to miss her presentation of practical, fun, and repeatable steps Zingerman's has taken to embed the idea of exemplary customer service into our School Nutrition programs. 

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to honor ourselves!  We definitely deserve the best and this conference won't disappoint!  See you all soon.

Sara Simmerman
SNAM President
Food & Nutrition Director
Huron Valley Schools



2017 Member Awards

Recongnize you or your staff!

SNAM is accepting nominations for the 2017 Awards. We are looking for individuals who inspire and bring creativity, dedication and passion to the school nutrition profession. Awards include:

Nominations are due by October 1, 2017. All award winners will be recognized at the Saturday Dinner at SNAM's 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibit Show in Grand Rapids, October 21, 2017. Nominees must be current SNA/SNAM members.

Please submit your nomination form to



SNA Leaders Meet with Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Stabenow


On January 18, 2017, SNA representatives met with U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to discuss the future of child nutrition programs. Present at the meeting were SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, SNA Public Policy & Legislation (PPL) Committee Chair Doug Davis, SNA At-Large Member and Michigan constituent Lori Adkins, SNA Chief Executive Officer Patricia Montague and Cathy Schuchart, SNA SVP Government Affairs and Media Relations.

Senator Stabenow kicked off the meeting by thanking SNA, noting that “what you do for kids is really important.” The group discussed how the Association could work together with the new Trump Administration and new 115th Congress to address issues related to Child Nutrition Reauthorization and to avoid the Block Grant threat that resurfaced as a major issue during the last Congress. Stabenow noted her opposition to block granting child nutrition programs and added that “to the extent I have any tools to stop it, I will.”

A discussion was also held on the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which is set to expire in 2018. Both House and Senate Agriculture Committees are beginning to chart their respective courses by gathering constituent input, starting with national “Listening Sessions” scheduled for early spring. SNA reiterated its long time support to obtain funding for Breakfast Commodities and is looking to Ranking Member Stabenow and Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) for their support. SNA also discussed the importance of summer feeding and the need to expand the program.

All these issues will be covered in greater detail as part of SNA’s 45th Legislative Action Conference (LAC), held in Washington, D.C., in early April. Early bird registration rates apply until February 24. SNA members should stay tuned for details on a late-February webinar on LAC programs and opportunities.

Also, SNA members will soon receive an email survey seeking input on issues related to child nutrition operations. All members are strongly encouraged to complete the survey, which will be reviewed and discussed with the SNA Executive Committee and PPL Committee, which meets in February to draft the Association’s 2017 Position Paper.