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Correspondence from Jackie!

The 48th Annual Mississippi School Nutrition Association Conference in Biloxi, MS was a spectacular event. A special thanks to everyone for your contribution and support during the conference. I am extremely grateful to the executive board, the executive secretary, the industry board, and the steering committee members for their dedication and hard work. In January 2017, we began with the theme and the vision of Bridging the Gap between Nutrition and Academic Success. The record-setting attendance and the evaluation comments deemed the conference a great success. Industry partners, child nutrition professionals, and friends of child nutrition came far and near to experience child nutrition at its best. The slogan, “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” came full scale in Biloxi. In my opinion, we bridged the gap between nutrition and academic success.

A new year is upon us and we must make sure that we complete the goals that were set for the Association. The MSNA Plan of Action was introduced at state leadership. It is a continual work in progress; therefore, committee members are working tirelessly to ensure that the plan becomes a reality. In January, Mississippi was well represented at the School Nutrition Industry Conference in New Orleans, LA. The association, the state department, and child nutrition directors statewide were present at this conference. While there, we joined pieces of the puzzle facing school nutrition professionals on a national level. Also, we networked with our school nutrition industry partners to view new products and give insight of the needs and interests of child nutrition professionals in Mississippi. In March, the Legislative Action Conference will convene in Washington, D.C. Mississippi School Nutrition Professionals will charge the Hill to speak with federal lawmakers on behalf of school nutrition professionals statewide, and to share our passion and expertise about the importance of school meals. Great efforts are put forth by our PP & L Chairperson, Armer Moore, to ensure that we speak with our law-makers and share this information. This is a very rewarding conference, which allows attendees to receive first-hand information concerning major issues facing child nutrition.

Also, mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Nutrition Education Seminar in Southaven, MS. It will be held at the Landers Center on April 18, 2018. This will be a day of nutritional and marketing learning for the districts throughout the state of Mississippi. New this year, will be a question and answer forum where students from across the state will give insights concerning child nutrition. Many issues will be discussed and to hear our student’s perspective of our child nutrition programs will be enlightening. Each day we strive to provide quality meals to our customers; therefore, we need to hear from them in order to retain their support. Without student participation and nutrition, there is no child nutrition program.

Again, thank you for your continued support of the MSNA and the confidence that you have placed in me to lead this great association.

Jackie T. Henry
President, MSNA