April Webinar Wednesdays Have Us Thinking About Spring Greens!
While schools gear up with their spring menus, Webinar Wednesdays are here to help by sharing consumer trends to boost lunch participation. Read More

New Funding for Nutrition Programs in Omnibus Spending Bill
New funding bill includes $2 million for training schools and foodservice personnel. The bill also plays an important role in enhancing the lives of many children. Read More

Professional Development and ANC 2018 Scholarships to Enhance Your Profession
Enhance and achieve your educational goals with two scholarships available for SNA members. But hurry, the deadlines are fast approaching! Read More

Register for ANC 2018
Register today for SNA's 2018 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas! The event will bring together the school nutrition community for four days to share bright ideas, learn best practices and illuminate a bold vision for foodservice in K12 schools. Remember to take note of the schedule change for 2018—unlike in previous years, the conference officially begins on Monday, July 9, and runs through Thursday, July 12, with pre-conference workshops occurring on Sunday, July 8. Learn More

ANC Exhibit Hall
ANC hosts the largest and most exciting exhibit hall in school nutrition! Explore the newest and most cutting-edge food, beverage, supply, equipment and service solutions for your school nutrition operation. Learn More

Recognize Your #LunchHeroes on School Lunch Hero Day!
On Friday, May 4th we will kick off School Nutrition Employee Week (May 7-11) with a celebration—the 6th Annual School Lunch Hero Day! Read More

Virtual Expo18 Highlights: 2,000+ Visitors and 10 Lucky Winners
SNA’s second annual Virtual Expo hosted more than 2,000 visitors, 33 exhibit booths in two halls, 23 pre-recorded education sessions, and 10 lucky winners! Read More

Tako
The Japanese word for “kite.” April is National Kite Month. For more calendar dates to observe in your cafeteria, check out SNA’s online Promotion Calendar.
Learn more in SN’s 2017-18 Promotion Calendar

SNA Submits Comments on Dietary Guidelines
SNA submitted comments March 30, 2018 in response to a Federal Register Notice published on February 28, 2018 – Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA): Request for Comments on Topics and Questions. Learn More

USDA Amplifies Program Integrity Efforts
USDA FNS announced in a press release that there would be an increased focus on program integrity across the board on all nutrition programs. Learn More

Registration Open for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. Conference registration is open until April 9. Learn more and register today at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

Breakfast in the Classroom Resource Center
The SNF Breakfast In the Classroom Resource Center has plenty of tools to support your direct delivery and grab-and-go breakfast programs! Check out the short promotional videos and technical assistance videos to learn more about Breakfast in the Classroom and engage your stakeholders. Learn More

Afterschool Meals Resource Guide
Share Our Strength and the School Nutrition Foundation partnered to create Three Meals A Day: A Win Win Win: A Guide to Starting and Improving Your Afterschool Meals Program. This resource helps operators who want a better understand of afterschool meal programs.

SNA Blog Features School Nutrition Successes
Have you been tuned in to www.TrayTalk.org? Through this blog, SNA is sharing stories and photos that highlight the many ways school nutrition professionals are making a positive difference in children’s lives. SNA promotes these posts through the Tray Talk Facebook page and shares them with legislators and the media in SNA’s various outreach efforts.

STEPS April Challenge: Spring into Fitness
Temperatures are rising and the plants are popping up. It’s time to spring into action! Take a walk, try out a new fitness class or find a local trail near your home to add some more exercise to your daily routine. At the end of the month, be sure to add up your points and enter them online at www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS – you could win a prize!




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

April 6, 2018
SNF Professional Development Scholarships Deadline (Extended)

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

July 9-12, 2018
Annual National Conference

Bonus Web Content
After reading the article “Alone No More” in the March 2018 issue, be sure to read this month’s Bonus Web Content to learn more about the work Beyond Differences and other organizations are doing to end social isolation among youth today. Resource links are available as part of this online extra.

Op-ed: Chef Nick Elmi Praises a ‘Breakfast Hero’ Helping PA Schoolkids Combat Hunger, Billy Penn

Staunton City Schools to Host First 5K in Gypsy Hill Park, NBC 29 News

School Offers Lunch App for Students, Parents, KAIT Region 8 ABC News

Boston Schools’ Fresh Food Program Expands, Boston Globe

Falcons Visit Tussahaw Elementary to Celebrate School Nutrition, Henry Herald

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