Voting for the 2020 SNA Election Opens on February 15!
Your voice matters! Remember to cast your vote for the 2020 SNA Election between February 15-29. While voting doesn’t begin until February 15, now is a great time to get to know the candidates and watch video interviews with the two Vice President candidates Lori Adkins, SNS and Sara Gasiorowski, SNS. When voting opens on February 15, you should look for an email sent from SNA’s election vendor, Election Services Corp. (ESC) on the Association’s behalf. This email will provide steps for you to authenticate your identity and provide access to your ballot through a unique voting validation number. This number will be required to cast your vote. After voting, you will receive a “Thank You for Voting” email from ESC as confirmation. Visit the SNA website to learn more about how to vote.

Who Will be Your SNA +1?
With Valentine’s Day being this Friday, now is the perfect opportunity to take part in the +1 Membership Challenge and recruit your SNA +1! Don't forget to use this shareable content for your social media platforms! To learn more, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/challenge

Register for LAC 2020
Join us in Washington, D.C. to advocate for national policy efforts supporting school nutrition programs and meet directly with your legislators! There is still time to register for SNA’s 48th Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 8-10, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis.
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) Kick-Off on March 2 is Fast Approaching
National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration of the national School Breakfast Program, permanently established in 1975 by an act of Congress. Schools across the country celebrate with special menu items, events and student activities. NSBW is the perfect time to bring attention to your breakfast program and set a goal to increase participation. Studies show that children who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert and maintain a healthy weight

Why Participate in NSBW?
According to a 2015 survey of SNA members, 96% said that their student participation increases during NSBW. Check out the NSBW Toolkit to get started planning your celebration. Recognizing NSBW in your district or cafeteria helps to:
  • Increase student participation
  • Spread the message to parents that you’re serving healthy and tasty breakfasts at school
  • Earn media coverage from local papers, TV stations, and bloggers
  • Connect with teachers and administrators at your school or in your district to spread the word that school breakfasts are healthy and delicious

NSLW Marketing & PR Resources
Put together an NSBW marketing plan that pushes the outer limits! Visit your one-stop shop for resources and materials to help plan your celebration and start getting students and parents excited for #NSBW20!
 
Shop the Emporium
Celebrate with this year's cosmic theme, “School Breakfast: Out of this World” and blast off with #NSBW2020 by ordering your Emporium merchandise today! We’ve got items in every price range, from flying discs and infusion water bottles to our best-selling t-shirts and aprons.
+1
If every member recruited just one new member, imagine how strong SNA could become! With Valentine’s day coming up, now is the perfect opportunity to take part in the +1 Membership Challenge and recruit your SNA +1!

Virtual Expo 2020 Now Open!
The FREE month-long Virtual Expo is open with 24/7 access to two virtual exhibit halls, education sessions, and Leaderboard for your chance to win prizes! Read More

ANC 2020 Registration Opening Soon
It’s all about perfect vision in 2020! Registration for SNA’s 2020 Annual National Conference (ANC) is scheduled to open on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Check out the clear inspiration in store for you in this overview of #ANC2020 keynote speakers. Learn More
Make a Difference with Your 2020 SNA Awards Nomination! Deadline March 1st
Your nomination for the 2020 SNA Awards could not only lead the deserving SNA member to an award for Employee, Manager or Director of the Year but could also create more momentum within your district! Learn more about Robin Dake, 2019 Manager of the Year, and what her award has meant to her and her plans for continuing to make an impact in her district! Read More
President Trump Releases Fiscal 2021 Budget Proposal
On February 10, 2020, the White House released the 2021 President’s Budget. The budget proposes cuts to several agencies, including an 8 percent reduction for the Agriculture Department, with the goal to lower federal spending by $4.4 trillion over the next decade. The President’s annual budget request kicks off the FY 2021 budget process. Next, Congress will hold hearings to question Administration officials about their requests and develop their own budget plan, called a “budget resolution.” SNA will continue to provide updates as developments occur. View SNA’s one-pager on the complete budget process for more information.

U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing
On February 6, 2020, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee held a hearing titled, A Threat to America’s Children: The Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNA submitted comments on the Proposed Rule on November 1, sharing concerns that close to one million children will lose direct certification for free school meals. You can share your input with SNA and read stories on the Proposed Rule’s impact on SNA’s Action Network.
Will You Be Our Valentine?
Did you know that every time you shop on Amazon, you could be giving back to the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF)? Learn More
No One Eats Alone
No One Eats Alone Day (February 14) was created to help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness that are felt by children each day at school lunch. Learn more about this event and how you can stand against social isolation and bullying! Read More
Smart tech is becoming increasingly assimilated all throughout society, radically altering our lives. In the February 2020 issue of School Nutrition Magazine, learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of smart phones and other recent smart devices.