SNA Statement on Proposed School Meal Flexibilities
SNA comments on key provisions in USDA’s proposed regulations intended to simplify meal service and monitoring requirements in NSLP and SBP. Read More

Brain Food: Updated NSLP and SBP Participation Analyses Now Available
We have sliced and diced the numbers into bite-size graphs and tables, using only the freshest USDA FNS data on participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). Read More

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. When voting opens, 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.
#SNIC2020: A Playful Start to the New Decade
More than 600 school nutrition professionals came to California for a week of inspiration and playful learning. Read More

LAC Regular Registration Deadline Approaching—Make Your Voice Heard!
SNA’s 48th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is fast approaching—this is your last opportunity to take advantage of the Regular Rate registration deadline. Friday, February 7, is the last day SNA will accept registrations at the Regular Rate. Looking for ways to prepare for the “Charge to the Hill” at #LAC2020? SNA has a number of resources to help you make the most of the conference and make your case to your Member of Congress. LAC Resources

#NSBW2020: Tools, Social Media, Contest, and More!
National School Breakfast Week is less than six weeks away! But don’t worry, SNA has you covered—we’re your one-stop shop for resources and materials to help plan your celebration and start getting students and parents excited for #NSBW2020! Plus, don’t forget to purchase your “Out of this World” gear from the SNA Emporium before popular items sell out. Visit Emporium
 
Register Now for SNA’s Virtual Expo!
Registration for the month-long, FREE SNA Virtual Expo is now open. From February 4-March 4, you will experience two virtual exhibit halls—Food and Beverage and Equipment/Technology, a Learning Center with 15 pre-recorded education sessions from #ANC19 to earn CEUs, a networking lounge and a chance to win prizes by signing up for the Leaderboard. No travel required! Education sessions just announced include:
  • Customer Service for Kids!
  • How to Calculate and Establish Meals Per Labor Hour (MPLH)
  • How to WOW (& Transform) Your Audience
  • Leading the Way to Grow Breakfast Participation
  • The Time Bandits are BACK!
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You could win a $50 SNA Emporium gift card when you enter the #NSBW2020 Contest! The entry deadline is February 12!.

TEAM JOSE Wins SNF Fundraising Competition at SNIC
The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) raised more than $2,100 for scholarships as part of a friendly competition between two of its board members at the recent School Nutrition Industry Conference. Read More

2020 School Nutrition Foundation Equipment Grants
Interested in applying for an equipment grant? The 2020 School Nutrition Foundation Equipment Grants scholarship program features a common application and video submission. The first 75 submitted eligible applications will be considered for this grant. If we do not reach 75 eligible applicants, the grant will stay open until next Friday, January 31, 11:59 pm EST. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to apply. Learn More
SNA Joins U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue at School Nutrition Roundtable
On January 17, 2020, SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS, and CEO Patricia Montague, CAE, joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at a roundtable discussion on school nutrition issues. The Secretary announced forthcoming proposed regulations to provide additional flexibilities for school meal programs. Read More

USDA Releases Proposed Rules on School and Summer Meal Flexibilities
USDA has released proposed regulations to provide additional flexibilities for school meal and summer meal programs. SNA is reviewing the details of these lengthy proposed rules and will collect member feedback as it prepares the Association’s official comments to USDA prior to the 60-day submission deadline. Share your feedback on SNA’s Action Network.
Read the Latest Edition of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
From veganism to dysphagia, serving students with special diets has become a critical aspect for school nutrition departments. These menu accommodations ensure student customers can eat happily and safely. Inspired by this important topic, the Fall 2019 edition of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management focuses on special diets with research-based articles. Articles include cost analysis of menu accommodations, understanding how children with special needs may require texture-modified diets, the introduction of vegan entrees in schools, and so much more!
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