New Leadership Elected for SNA!
Congratulations to all the winners in the 2018 SNA election! It was the most exciting year in recent SNA election history! Engagement by SNA members was much higher and new leadership was elected for the SNA Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee. Read More

SNA’s 46th Annual Legislative Action Conference Highlights
SNA’s 46th annual Legislative Action Conference brought together expert perspectives in school nutrition, SNA members, and advocates who came together united in the mission to share their compelling stories that help shape national policy in child nutrition. Read More

Time is Running Out to Visit the Virtual Expo!
The 2018 Virtual Expo closes in two weeks on Friday, March 16. Don’t miss out on the 33 exhibitors awaiting your visit—and much more! Read More

ANC 2018 Closing Event Concert: Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
Registration is open for the “School Nutrition Event of the Year”—SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas, Nev. In addition to four days of education, exhibits and networking, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be front and center for the awe-inspiring performance of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, as part of the Closing Event. Learn More

Register for Spring 2018 Industry Boot Camp
Attention industry representatives! Time is running out to fill out your registration form for SNA’s Spring Industry Boot Camp, May 9-10, 2018, in National Harbor, Md. Only two seminars are offered each year and seating is limited. Participants will learn how indirect costs, meal charges and reimbursement levels affect how a school district budget is developed, plus gain valuable insights into the latest school nutrition guidelines and regulations. Learn More

Share Your NSBW Celebration
This week, school cafeterias across the country are celebrating National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) with the “I Heart School Breakfast” campaign. After your NSBW celebration is complete, be sure to share photos with us! Just email your best photos to SNA’s School Nutrition magazine at You could be featured in the pages of SN magazine! Learn More

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day
School Lunch Hero Day, May 4, is only two short months away! Have you started planning your celebration? This event is the perfect opportunity to showcase the many ways that school nutrition professionals, at every level, make a difference in the lives of their student customers. For ideas and resources, visit, check out the wrap-up of 2017 activities in the September issue of SN (“Guardians of the Anatomy”) and head to SNA’s Emporium to purchase aprons, balloons, t-shirts and other branded merchandise. Be a hero to the heroes on your team! Learn More

Nearly 38% of SNA member districts report that certain food items are banned in all or some of their schools due to concerns about food allergies.
(Source: SNA’s 2016 Operations Report)
Learn more facts in SNA’s 2017 Little Big Fact Book

60K or Bust!
SNA membership numbers continue to soar, but your Association leadership has issued an ambitious challenge: Break the 60,000 mark in 2018! And you have a role to play. Recruit five or more new members by May 31, 2018, as part of the “SNA Membership Matters” 2017-18 Annual Membership Campaign, and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of five registrations to SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference (ANC). Help us make history: Reach out to coworkers and friends in other schools or districts and tell them why you are a proud SNA member! Learn More

SNA Certificate Program: New Bridge Level Launching in July 2018
As you begin planning for School Year 2018-19 and exploring professional development opportunities for your school nutrition teams, please be aware that SNA is launching an additional Level to the Certificate in School Nutrition Program. The SNA Certificate Program helps provide professional growth for over 19,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. The new Level 2 will launch in July 2018 and will serve as a “bridge” between the current Level 1 and Level 2. The goal of this new level, is to help members have a more realistic professional development path. Learn More

Food Allergy Experts Are Here to Help!
Got food allergy questions? We’ve got answers! Head on over to SNA’s Food Allergy Resource Center to ask a specific question you’ve always been curious about. You will receive a reply from a dedicated National Peanut Board Food Allergy Expert. This Resource Center also features food allergy webinars, FAQs, and tons of reliable resources from the associations, academies, and networks you can trust. Learn More

“March” Right Into Webinar Wednesdays!
SNA’s Webinar Wednesdays program is “March”ing right along into Part 2 of the three-part Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) series. In partnership with the Food Research & Action Center, Part 2 will focus on how your district can consider implementing CEP, even when the district’s identified student percentage (ISP) is below 60%. Also, later this month, we will explore why more Millennial and GenZ’s are “March”ing to the beat of their own drum by eating less meat and more greens. This webinar will look at the nutritional benefits and hurdles of a plant-based diet, as well as provide ideas for implementing more meatless meals in your cafeteria. Learn More

Put Some Spring in Your STEPS
If you’re not familiar with the STEPS Challenge, SNA’ personal wellness program, made possible with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store, you should give it a try—and March is a good month to start. “Go Lean with Protein,” this month’s challenge, encourages you to swap out proteins like red meat for nuts, beans, turkey or fish. Award yourself three (3) points for every time you choose a lean protein instead of a higher-fat alternative. At the end of the month, be sure to add up your points and enter them online at—you could win a prize! Learn More

Next Week: Community Eligibility Series, Part 2: Making It Work With ISPs Below 60%

March 5-9, 2018
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)

March 16, 2018
Last Day for SNA’s Virtual Expo

March 28, 2018
Webinar: Best of #SNIC18: Making Plant-Based Eating Doable and Desirable in K-12

March 30, 2018
2018 School Breakfast Contest Deadline

April 2, 2018
SNF Professional Development Scholarships Deadline

April 4, 2018
Webinar: Best of #SNIC18: When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?

Read the March 2018 Issue
Embrace inclusivity with the March 2018 edition of School Nutrition magazine! With an article on lunchroom isolation, a To Your Credit on inclusive charge policies, along with the first installment of a series on member diversity in SNA—you won’t want to miss out!

Bay City ISD Celebrates National School Breakfast Week 2018, The Bay City Tribune

Medford Public Schools Offer Free Breakfast All This Week, Wicked Local Medford

Livingston Schools Partner with Program to Feed Kids After School, WAFB 9 CBS News

Ell-Saline Elementary Fourth-Graders Prepare, Serve School Lunch, Salina Journal

Philando Castile Charity Wipes Out Kids' Lunch Debt in District Where He Worked, CNN

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