SNA Survey Reveals COVID-19 School Meal Trends, Financial Impacts
On May 18, SNA released
Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Programs - Part 2
, the findings of a national survey of school meal program directors. The survey highlights expansive efforts to provide needy students safe access to school meals during COVID-19 closures, but also reveals significant concerns about the financial sustainability of school meal programs.
SNA Urges Swift Passage of The Heroes Act
SNA has expressed strong support for
, The Heroes Act. This Act which passed the House of Representatives on May 15, includes $3 billion in emergency funding to help school meal programs cover costs associated with COVID-19 school closures. Read
SNA’s press release
for more information.
SNA Advocates for Kitchen Infrastructure and Equipment During COVID-19
On May 13, SNA joined 21 allied organizations in a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees to advocate for funding for school kitchen infrastructure and equipment.
USDA Extends Three Nationwide Waivers for School Nutrition Programs
On May 15, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the extension of three nationwide waivers: Non-congregate feeding, parent pickup and meal times. All three waivers have been extended until August 31, 2020. Check out SNA’s
Summary of USDA FNS Waivers and Guidance
for full details on waivers and extensions.
SNA Member Resources
USDA, CDC, DOE and FDA Guidance
Check here for the most up-to-date information, FAQs and guidance from official government agencies.
Industry Partner Resources
More resources have been added to our industry partners page, which is now searchable by company.
SNA Member Resources
Find links to the SNA COVID-19 webinar series,
magazine digital supplements and SNA research on COVID-19 impacts on school nutrition.
SNA’s new live virtual event, the Stronger Together: Back to School Series, launches on June 8 and will help school nutrition operators plan for school feeding in a pandemic during SY2020-21!
Registration Now Open for New Live Virtual Series
USDA Announces Equipment Assistance Grants for SFAs
Recently, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced that its awarding $30 million in competitive
equipment assistance grants
to eligible School Food Authority’s (SFAs) that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing to Examine Reopening
On May 12, the Senate Health, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing— "COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and School." Remote witnesses included Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, who acknowledged the problems concerning students missing school but stated he didn't have a proper solution to address the issue.
Federal Register: School Food Purchase Study IV
FNS published the
“Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-School Food Purchase Study IV.” This proposed collection invites comments regarding the data surrounding national estimates of food acquisitions for both food purchases and USDA Foods.
School Meals Operations Study: Evaluation of the School-Based Child Nutrition Programs
FNS published the
“Agency Information Collection Activities: School Meals Operations Study: Evaluation of the School-Based Child Nutrition Programs.” This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection.
New Video Pays Tribute to SNA Members
Check out this wonderful new
which pays tribute to SNA members on the front lines from our allied partner
and produced by
Bouncing Back: Learn to Live Beyond Limits and Be Unstoppable with Amy Purdy and Bethany Hamilton
Are you looking for ways to inspire and connect with students in a new school environment? Don’t miss “Bouncing Back,” a FREE live event with one of your favorite Annual National Conference speakers American snowboarder Amy Purdy! Amy will be in conversation with surfer Bethany Hamilton on May 21, at 5 p.m. EST, discussing how students can thrive in the face of today’s unique challenges. This event will include a special appearance by former football player and author Lewis Howes, and is for students, parents and families. Register now at
’s COVID-19 Coverage Continues Online
As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting emergency feeding operations become more apparent,
is keeping readers informed in between monthly print mailings of the magazine with supplemental digital articles.