SNA: Combatting Outdated Stereotypes of School Meals
SNA recently communicated with Sweetgreen founder Nicolas Jammet and called on the company to stop spreading misconceptions about the quality of school meals. Read More

2020 FAME Award Winners Announced
SNA extends congratulations to the four winners of the 2020 FAME (Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence) Awards. The FAME Awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) in Indian Wells, Calif., on January 12, 2020. Read More

Same Address, Fresh New Look for the PBIC
Visit the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC) website to see the fresh new look, complete with a brand-new logo. The Partners have added new resources, like case studies and videos, and now you can filter resources by topic and stakeholder role for greater ease of use. Visit them today at
#SNIC2020 Early Bird Discount Extended
We strongly urge you to take advantage of the early bird discount rate for #SNIC2020 which has been extended through November 22! Remember that registration is required before making hotel reservations at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa using the special SNA rate. Rooms normally fill up quickly so don’t delay! Register Today

Leadership and the Power of Play
The conference will kick off with award-winning Harvard-trained physician and bestselling author, Shimi Kang, MD who will discuss leadership and the power of play to will help you find balance and cultivate an awesome life of lasting success.

SNIC THINKubator Challenge: You be the Judge! 
SNA’s first-ever THINKubator challenge takes place during Sunday afternoon’s general session facilitated by Jamie Murdock, Vice President of Sales at Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company. A THINKubator is a concept of collaborative problem solving and idea generation. Teams will pitch their creative school nutrition solutions to the audience, who will vote for their favorite ideas! 
Inclusive Leadership: Keeping it Real
Leading expert on diversity & inclusion, Joe Gerstandt, will inform you on how to bring greater clarity, action, and impact to your organizational diversity and inclusion efforts by making inclusive leadership an active practice.

Creating a Next Gen Customer Experience Strategy
Charlene Li, a bestselling author and Top 50 Business Leadership Innovator, will close out the conference with strategies on creating a Next Gen customer experience. You’ll learn what it takes to build a culture that keeps students and customers at the center every day.
What if every SNA member gave just $1 this Giving Tuesday? At 58,000 members strong, $58,000 could help send 58 people to ANC on scholarship or give 29 people the chance to receive a professional development scholarship. Consider donating to the School Nutrition Foundation this Giving Tuesday and help the school nutrition community grow stronger.

Enter to Win a Free Trip to SNA’s LAC in Washington, D.C.!
Time is running out to enter the LAC 2020 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, happening March 8-10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Read More

Share Your Thoughts: SNA’s 2020 Position Paper
SNA is preparing to craft its 2020 Position Paper, and it’s time to make your voice heard! Share your input on the school nutrition program challenges you believe should be addressed. The deadline to submit is November 23, 2019.

USDA FNS Responds to SNA Comment Letter
USDA FNS responded to SNA’s comment letter regarding the Federal Register notice, Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Food Distribution Programs. As stated in SNA’s letter, SNA understands the need for data collection but suggests that the processes be streamlined to reduce the burden to state agencies and program administrators. The response from USDA FNS states it has been taking independent steps to streamline some reporting requirements and procedures. Read USDA’s response.
Apply Today for a Professional Development & Conference Scholarship
The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is accepting applications for the SNA Conference Scholarships. But hurry! Applications will only be accepted through November 30. Apply for a chance to earn $1,000 to help cover the costs to attend SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference and Legislative Action Conference. SNF is also accepting applications for Professional Development Scholarships to help cover the costs of tuition and books for a degree in a school nutrition-related field. The deadline for Professional Development Scholarships is January 31, 2020. Learn More

Donate to SNF with AmazonSmile This Holiday Season!
Did you know that you can support the School Nutrition Foundation simply by shopping on Amazon? Through AmazonSmile, SNF will get a percentage of the purchase price of everything you order. There is no cost to you or to the Foundation. Watch this short tutorial and learn how to sign up today.
Harness the Power of “We”
Chronicling the great accomplishments of SNA members over the last year, the 2018-19 Annual Report is a small glimpse into what can be done when nearly 60,000 passionate individuals come together. From powerful grassroots advocacy efforts to empowering conferences, the Report can be used as a tool for outside stakeholders to learn the power of the Association and its members. Feel good about what the Association accomplished over the last year—and what is being done this year—because that is the power of “we.”
Read the Fall 2019 Edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
The Fall 2019 edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management delves deep into the complex topic of special diets with research-based and thought-provoking articles to support those in school foodservice. Articles include a training review on the role of food sensitivities to meet the needs of students with intolerances and other concerns; research about resources to provide texture-modified diets for special needs children with developmental disorders and on perceptions of menu planners of costs in making meal accommodations; and a behind-the-scenes look at a Washington D.C. school that introduced vegan entrees as part of their lunch menus.
Does your school serve an alternate meal when a student cannot pay for lunch? After reading Angels in the School Zone in the November 2019 issue, check out this month’s exclusive web extras and learn how several districts apply an alternative meal policy.