U.S. House Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a mark-up of the 2018 Farm Bill on Wednesday, April 18. Among other provisions, Title 4 of the bill legislates nutrition programs such as SNAP and National School Lunch Commodities. Read More

Guess What Bright Star Is Coming to #ANC18?
Guess what bright star is coming to #ANC18 in Vegas? First clue, he was the master of ceremonies during SNA’s “Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes” event. Read More

Call for Nominations: Shape the Future of the SNS and Certificate Programs
The SNA Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council is recruiting qualified candidates to serve on the Governing Council and help shape the future of SNA’s Certificate and Credentialing programs. Read More

Enough of the April Showers…Bring on the May Early Bird!
ANC 2018 early bird rates are ending soon! You might be saying to yourself, “I have lots of time left!” But look at the clock…the minutes and seconds are ticking away! May 4 is right around the corner! Learn More

How Will You Recognize Your #LunchHeroes on May 4?
Celebrate your #LunchHeroes on May 4, School Lunch Hero Day! Kicking off School Nutrition Employee Week (May 7-11), School Lunch Hero Day is a day to recognize and celebrate hardworking school nutrition professionals everywhere. How about recognizing your #LunchHeroes with the gift of SNA membership? For pennies a day, your heroes can access all of SNA’s member benefits. Visit the SNA website for more ideas on how to celebrate School Lunch Hero Day. Learn More

U.S. House Appropriations Agriculture FY2019 Budget Hearing
On April 18, 2018, Secretary Sonny Perdue provided testimony during the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations FY2019 USDA Budget hearing. In his opening statements, Chairman Robert Aderholt thanked the USDA for providing schools with “long-overdue flexibility” and encouraged issuance of the Final Rule. Learn More

The number of books in the Lunch Lady comic book series by author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, whose work served as the inspiration and catalyst behind School Lunch Hero Day, celebrated annually on the first Friday in May at the start of School Nutrition Employee Week.
Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day

Register for SNA’s Upcoming Webinars
Earn CEUs with SNA’s popular professional development webinars. Join next week’s webinar to learn more about disaster preparation, plus register for two additional May webinars. Learn More

Schools as Nutrition Hubs
SNF has worked with Share Our Strength to develop trainings and technical assistance with assessments to help directors work through the steps necessary to expand their nutrition programs to an after the bell breakfast model, supper, and summer meals. Learn More

Breakfast in the Classroom Resource Center
SNF’s Breakfast In the Classroom Resource Center has plenty of tools to support your direct delivery and grab-and-go breakfast programs! Learn More

SNA’s PR Toolkit
SNA’s members-only PR resources can help you promote your program. For media outreach and response guides, talking points, backpack brochures and more, visit SchoolNutrition.org/PR.

Next Week: Best of #LAC18: Natural Disasters - Preparation and Impact

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, 2018
Webinar: Emotional Intelligence: The Leadership Edge

May 16, 2018
Webinar: Helpful Tips for Training Your Multigenerational Staff

May 9-10, 2018
Spring Industry Boot Camp

July 9-12, 2018
Annual National Conference

Featured Recipe
In the February 2018 issue, view the Food Focus article, Sea the Possibilities, to check out the featured recipe, Fish Po ‘Boy With Cajun Sauce.

Farmers Help ‘Beef Up’ Randolph School Meals, Norfolk Daily News

Santa Barbara Schools Now Serving Plant-Based Meats!, The Good Food Institute

School Gardens Help Kids Learn Importance of Fruit, Vegetables, Orlando Sentinel

Douglas County School System Honored for Summer Feeding Program, Douglasville Patch

McNary Heights Elementary Awarded for School Wellness Programs, East Oregonian

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