Meal or No Meal - Offer vs. Serve Simplified
Meal or no meal? That is the question! Join today’s webinar to hear a discussion of the meal pattern and learn more about reimbursable breakfasts and lunches. Read More

Early Registration Ending Soon for SNIC 2018
Don't miss the School Nutrition Industry Conference (#SNIC18), the premier meeting that brings together school nutrition directors and industry representatives. Your opportunity to save $50 with early registration ends this Friday, November 10! Read More

Join the Global Giving Movement: #Giving Tuesday is November 28
The School Nutrition Foundation will celebrate Giving Tuesday on November 28th. Make plans now to give back and support men and women like you who provide nourishment to America’s school children. Read More

2018 Position Paper Survey
SNA wants to make sure your voice is heard. Please provide your feedback on the school nutrition program challenges you feel should be included in SNA's 2018 Position Paper. By responding you can be entered in a drawing to receive one of two free registrations to LAC 2018! SNA members were emailed a link to complete the survey last week. The deadline to submit your input for consideration in the 2018 Position Paper is November 15. For questions, please email

SNA Submits Comment on Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification Process
USDA recently announced a comment collection on their proposed Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification Process. In response, SNA submitted suggestions to USDA for the study. SNA reiterated that the study’s designs should minimize burdens to respondents and recognize the depth of complexity of the program’s requirements. SNA also highlighted the challenges of communication with households and suggested that resources be made available to participating districts with language and literacy barriers for respondents. Federal Register comment submissions are an important way to help shape the final regulations that influence school meal programs. SNA is currently collecting SNA member suggestions on regulatory reform. Read More

Letter Sent to Congress on School Equipment Grant
SNA signed on to a joint letter that was sent to Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders in support for the language included in the U.S House FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which lowers the threshold for USDA School Kitchen Equipment Grant purchases from $5,000 to $1,000. This year’s USDA School Kitchen Grant program is seeking $30 million in the appropriations bill. The letter goes on to explain the ways lowering the purchase price to $1,000 would be useful and thanks the members for their continued support of students and school meal programs. Read More

Updated Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns in the NSLP and SBP
This USDA policy update memo provides guidance on the updated School Meal Programs’ infant and preschool meal patterns. Read More

The percentage of districts that identified student acceptance or familiarity with reduced sodium foods as the most prevalent challenge they face. More than half identified this as the biggest challenge.
(Source: SNA’s 2017 Trends Report)
Learn more facts in SNA’s 2017 Trends Report

NEW! School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Preparation Course
Get to SNIC a day early on Saturday, January 20, and seize the opportunity to take SNA’s new one-day pilot course based on the SNS Exam Study Guide. In this pre-conference workshop, you’ll learn from subject matter experts what you need to know to prepare for the exam, as well as be directed to helpful resources and concepts. Limited seating. Read More

Save the Date: SNA’s Virtual Expo Launches on February 6, 2018
Get ready…SNA’s Virtual Expo launches on February 6, 2018. This free, virtual trade show will be accessible to attendees from February 6-March 16, 2018. This unique experience is open to all SNA members, and it will provide access to content twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Free registration opens January 2018. Read More

Nominate Someone You Admire for an SNA Award
Are you inspired by your school nutrition colleagues, friends and mentors? Nominate someone you admire for an SNA Award for the 2017-18 school year. Nominations for the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year awards are now being accepted online by SNA. Being nominated for an SNA Award is a great honor. All state, regional and national winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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 now 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

Join the Fight to Reduce Food Waste: 2016-17 SCrAP Participants Receive Awards
Three schools that participated in the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) during the 2016-17 school year have received cash awards. It’s not too late to register your school to participate in 2017-18. Read More

Spotlight Your Cafeteria with Items from SNA’s Emporium
Did you know that SNA’s Emporium is already stocked up with items to celebrate next spring’s National School Breakfast Week event? Have you considered what promotional supplies you’ll need to put a spotlight on your cafeteria? SNA makes it easy: Simply visit SNA’s Emporium, your one-stop shop for colorful posters, apparel, accessories and much more. Visit Emporium

Today: Best of #ANC17: Meal or No Meal - Offer vs. Serve Simplified

November 8-9, 2017
Fall Industry Boot Camp

November 10, 2017
SNIC Early Bird Registration Deadline

November 17, 2017
Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow Application Deadline

November 27, 2017
LAC 2018 Sweepstakes Submission Deadline

November 28, 2017
Giving Tuesday

December 6, 2017
Webinar: In a Crazy World… There Are Simple Solutions for Positive Communication

Bonus Web Content
The October 2017 issue of School Nutrition focused solely on ethics—workplace ethics, no less. After reading the article “Got Ethics in the Workplace?” be sure to read our Bonus Web Content to learn the ins and outs of writing an all-important, all-encompassing Code of Ethics.

Serving Water with School Lunches Could Prevent Child, Adult Obesity: Study, Medical Xpress

All Birmingham City Schools Students Receive Free Lunch Regardless of Income,

‘Food is Not Trash’ – Wallingford’s ‘Share Table’ Program Spreads to Other School Systems,

New Breakfast Routine Sets Tone for Students' Day at Amelia Elementary, (USA Today Network)

Schools in Hawaii Serving More Local Foods, Hawaii Tribune Herald

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