SNA Important Update: Certificate Program Fees Increase Effective October 1, 2017
The SNA Board of Directors recently approved a small increase in the fees for the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition, which will go into effect on October 1, 2017. Read More

Share Your Thoughts: Comment on Regulatory Simplification
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced intentions to solicit direct and specific guidance from school nutrition professionals for the shaping of school meal policies. Now is your chance to share your ideas! Read More

Do You Know Anyone Deserving of a FAME Award?
Help recognize special colleagues; the FAME Awards is now taking nominations for outstanding school nutrition innovators. Read More

Get Ready to Celebrate NSLW 2017
National School Lunch Week (NSLW) kicks off on October 9. The 2017 theme, “School Lunch: Recipes for Success,” was designed to help you tell your school lunch story, including the ‘secret ingredients’ to your success! Share with students, parents, and school officials during NSLW to show them what makes your school lunch program special. Use our tools, tip sheets, and other materials—and a generous dollop of your own creative inspiration—to create a custom #NSLW17 marketing plan. Read More

Will You Answer the Call for Proposals?
ANC 2017 may have wrapped up last month; however, SNA is already busy preparing for next year’s conference. We invite you to submit proposals for presentation consideration at the 2018 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas, Nev., July 9-12, 2018. SNA is seeking proposals on a variety of in-demand topics identified by member needs surveys and based on the four key areas of USDA Professional Standards. Read More

SNA’s ANC 2017 Education Presentations Available Online!
If you didn’t make it to every session you wanted to at SNA’s 2017 Annual National Conference (ANC) you can review many of the PowerPoint presentations online. ANC 2017 PowerPoint presentations that have been authorized for release by speakers are posted on SNA’s website. Be sure to use the ANC 2017 Professional Standards CEU Tracking Tool to document all the training hours you received during the conference. Read More

Register Now to Attend SNA’s Fall Industry Boot Camp
Industry representatives don’t want to miss this opportunity to get a comprehensive understanding and behind-the-scenes look at the foodservice industry. Read More

66%
The percentage of SNA member districts that reported using salad or produce bars, and 71% reported offering pre-packaged salads to students.
(Source: SNA’s 2016 Operations Report)
Learn more facts in SNA’s 2017 Little Big Fact Book

Cafeteria Site Visits
Thinking of organizing a Cafeteria Site Visit for your Congressional Representatives and Senators? SNA provides resources to help! Check out our site visits one pager or our more in-depth Cafeteria Visit 101 to get you started. You can also utilize SNA’s Action Network’s “Your Legislators” feature to find the contact information for your legislators. Read More

Check Out SNA’s Action Network for all CN-Related Bills
Did you know SNA provides a spreadsheet and list of all child nutrition-related bills introduced in the 115th Congress on our Action Network website? The Action Network is a great way to stay on top of what is going on in the federal policy world regarding child nutrition and school meal programs, as it is packed with articles, videos, and other useful information. You can also sign up to get “Action Alerts,” which will notify you when your help is needed to protect the programs! Read More

“Fall” into Webinar Wednesdays this September!
It’s back to school time again and SNA has the webinars you need! Don’t miss out on the first webinar of the school year. The “Host a Legislator Site Visit” webinar will cover how bringing your legislator in for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operation of your school cafeteria could make the difference in preventing block grants, preserving funding and expanding commodity support. Read More

SNA Membership Matters: 2017-18 Annual Membership Campaign!
Because membership matters to the school nutrition profession, help SNA recruit new members. Your reward could be the chance to win a registration to ANC 2019! Recruit five or more new members between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 5 VIP registrations to SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference (ANC) in St. Louis, Mo. Read More

2018 Election Nominations
The 2018 election nominations process is open! SNA needs members with strong leadership skills, outstanding professional achievements and a record of active participation in their state association and at SNA to lead the association in the future. Visit the SNA website to learn more about the open positions and to obtain the Potential Candidate Recommendation form. Read More

Back to School Season is a Great Time to Promote Your Program
With back to school just around the corner, now is a great time to think about promoting your school nutrition program. Visit SchoolNutrition.org/PR for free tools and resources to help you spread the message about the healthy, delicious (and a great value) meals your program provides. Additionally, as part of your outreach, don’t forget about student engagement. SNA has created resource materials to assist you with this important component of your promotional efforts. Use these tips and activity ideas to empower students, improve communication and increase awareness of and participation in school meals. Read More




September 6: Host a Legislator Site Visit

September 6, 2017
Webinar: Host a Legislator Site Visit

September 29, 2017
ANC 2018 Call for Proposals Deadline

September 29, 2017
SNA 2018 Election Call for Nominations Deadline

October 9-13, 2017
National School Lunch Week

November 8-9, 2017
Fall Industry Boot Camp

January 21-23, 2018
School Nutrition Industry Conference

Read the June/July 2017 Issue
Using student employees isn’t just smart; it’s getting a chance to find those new managers and successors in their infancy—literally! Read the June/July 2017 article – Finding Your Next Leaders at Lunchtime – to see how other districts have benefited from their consumers.

Roaming Gourmet: Use MyPlate to Find Healthy School Lunch Ideas, Daily Commercial

Indiana Troupe Wins $1,000 Grant for Wareham Middle School Nutrition Program, Wareham Wicked Local

Our View: Bill Eats Away at Successful School Nutrition Program, Central Maine

NH Schools Cook at K-12 Culinary Institute, The Daily Herald

Euclid Schools to Offer Students Free Breakfast and Lunch the Entire School Year, Fox 8-Cleveland

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