Georgia Director Wins IFMA Silver Plate
Ken Yant, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools Director, honored in annual competition. Read More

“Eggciting” Breakfast Program Grants Available
Grant applications are currently being accepted by nonprofit Action for Healthy Kids to enable schools to expand breakfast programs. Read More

What You Need to Know About Earning Your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition
Are you considering earning your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition? The SNA Certificate has many benefits for school nutrition professionals to help advance in the profession and it serves as a pathway to learning best practices in the school nutrition industry. Read More

Get Ready for the School Nutrition Event of the Year!
#ANC18 in Las Vegas is just around the corner! This year’s Annual National Conference (#ANC18) features an action-packed schedule that is sure to leave you reinvigorated and full of fresh perspectives on school nutrition. Whether your goal is to network, explore new products, or obtain CEU’s, #ANC18 has it all! With more than 120 sessions on all the hottest topics and featuring the top speakers in school nutrition, you won’t want to miss it. Learn More

ANC Membership Section Meetings
These special meetings allow peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together to discuss challenges and solutions for school nutrition programs. Take a look at what’s planned for this year’s section meetings. Learn More

Enter the NSBW18 Contest!
While National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) may be over for another year, there’s still time to enter the NSBW18 Contest! Kellogg’s® and SNA joined forces this year to recognize schools that go above and beyond in spreading the word about the benefits of a healthy school breakfast with creative and innovative ways to increase school breakfast participation. You could win a registration to #ANC18 in Las Vegas as well as a fun and delicious Kellogg’s® prize package! Visit the contest website or download the flyer for more details and to submit your school’s winning ideas by this Friday, March 30! Learn More

Ready Your Hero Pose
Have you started planning your School Lunch Hero Day (May 4) celebration? For ideas and resources, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SLHD, check out the wrap-up of 2017 activities in School Nutrition (“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

72%
The percentage of SNA member district directors that reported using student taste-testing of food items to promote healthier school choices.
(Source: SNA’s 2016 Operations Report)
Learn more facts in SNA’s 2017 Little Big Fact Book

SNF Professional Development Scholarships
Did you know that for 20 years Schwan’s has supported the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) Professional Development Scholarships? In that time, Schwan’s has provided more than $775,000 in scholarships to nearly 1,000 SNA members! Add your name to that list of members by completing your application! But hurry, applications are due next Monday, April 2. Learn More

ANC 2018 First-Timer Scholarships
Attention district directors! Nominate an employee or manager-level staff member for SNA’s ANC First-Timer Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, but hurry—the deadline is April 30th or once all available slots have been filled! Learn More

SNA Update Video
Why read about all the exciting projects and initiatives underway at SNA when you can see and hear them instead? SNA recently released its new video update to showcase the many ways that the Association is working to serve its members. Introduced by SNA President Lynn Harvey, Ed.D., RDN, the three-minute video includes highlights about our 2018-19 strategic plan, Capitol Hill advocacy, the value of school meal programs, SNA’s new Ethics Decision-Making online course, our second Virtual Expo and much more. View Video

Federal Register Notice: Farm to School Census and Comprehensive Review
On Monday, March 19, USDA published a notice and request for comment in the Federal Register on the Farm to School Census and Comprehensive Review. This three-year study will review the multiple facets of farm to school, including the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and Farm to School Census and other data sources. The final report will comprehensively examine farm to school efforts and their progression since the passage of the 2010 CN Reauthorization. To accomplish these objectives two data collections are planned, a Distributor Survey and a 2019 Farm to School Census. Comments on these data collections are due May 18, 2018.

Update on H.R. 3738: Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017
H.R. 3738, the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017, currently has sponsors in Congress! During SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), nearly 900 members stormed the Hill to promote school nutrition programs and to encourage members to support the 2018 Position Paper, which includes an ask for Congress to support H.R. 3738. Since that day, four more members of Congress signed on to co-sponsor the bill: Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), Collin Peterson (D-MN-7), Ann Kuster (D-NH-2) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS-2). SNA encourages members to keep reaching out to their representatives and meeting with them in their districts to ask them to support the bill. You can also check out the SNA Action Network to send a letter to your Representative today!




Next Week: Best of #SNIC18: When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?

March 30, 2018
2018 School Breakfast Contest Deadline

April 2, 2018
SNF Professional Development Scholarships Deadline

April 11, 2018
Webinar: Community Eligibility Series, Part 3: Strategies for Partial Implementation

April 26-28, 2018
National Leadership Conference

May 4, 2018
ANC 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline

May 4, 2018
School Lunch Hero Day

May 9-10, 2018
Spring Industry Boot Camp

ANC 2018 Conference Preview
The March 2018 issue of School Nutrition featured your first look at ANC 2018 in Las Vegas, with bright lights, bold vision and tons of key information about the can’t-miss “School Nutrition Event of the Year”!

KCK Public Schools’ Supper Program Called Model for the Nation, Fox 4 KCK News

Indoor Garden Flourishes at Billerica’s Marshall Middle School, Wicked Local Billerica News

They Served More Than 20,000 Meals Last Summer - Here’s What You Need to Know, The Bellingham Herald

New Report Highlights the Benefits of Afterschool Nutrition Programs, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

Denton ISD Students Give New Cafeteria Products Their Stamp of Approval, Denton Record-Chronicle

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