Giving Tuesday is Fast Approaching: December 3, 2019
The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off with us on Giving Tuesday! On this global day of giving, SNF’s goal is to raise $10,000 to give school nutrition professionals the life-changing gift of education. Your donation truly makes a difference. The School Nutrition Foundation supports SNA members – the real heroes who feed hungry children! School nutrition professionals not only serve food, they serve smiles! Donate to SNF

SNA is Thankful for The Real School Lunch Story!
In this season of giving thanks, SNA is grateful for the real school lunch story showing all the positive changes in today’s cafeterias. Thank you to the school nutrition professionals who serve these healthy and tasty meals daily! Read More

SNA Launches Research Initiative on Universal Meals
Studies have shown that school meals contribute to the health, attentiveness, behavior and academic achievement of students. SNA  believes all students should have equal access to nutritious school meals, and that is why we are excited to announce a new research initiative that will evaluate the potential social benefits and costs of expanding the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, to serve all students at no charge.
Only Days Remain to Save on Your #SNIC2020 Registration
Haven’t registered for SNA’s upcoming School Nutrition Industry Conference (#SNIC2020) yet? Don’t forget, the last day to save on your registration is December 9. After that date, all registrations will be processed at the onsite rate. Register for SNIC

Registration Now Open for #LAC2020
Plan now to join together with hundreds of your colleagues and attend SNA’s 48th Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 8-10, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., and help shape the future of federal school nutrition policy. LAC is your best opportunity to meet face-to-face with policymakers to increase their understanding of the complexity of school nutrition operations and gain their support. Featuring compelling keynote speakers including Dr. Larry Sabato, numerous breakout sessions and special events—you don’t want to miss it! Register early and save! Learn More

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Virtual Expo—Registration Opens January 6, 2020 
Experience the future of sourcing new products—registration for SNA’s FREE Virtual Expo opens January 6. The Expo runs from February 4-March 4, 2020 and features two virtual exhibit halls—Food and Beverage and Equipment/Technology, a Learning Center with 15 new pre-recorded education sessions from #ANC19 to earn CEUs, a networking lounge, and a chance to win prizes by signing up for the Leaderboard. Network and make connections with exhibitors and peers across the country and discover new products and services for your program—no travel required! Learn More
 
Blast Off for NSBW 2020
National School Breakfast Week is 2020 will be celebrated March 2-6, 2020. The theme is “School Breakfast: Out of This World!” Check out the SNA website for some early planning tools and also be sure to read the NSBW Preview article in the April 2019 issue of School Nutrition and get pumped for next year’s celebration. Learn More
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The date for Giving Tuesday 2019—a global day dedicated to giving back—is December 3rd. Why donate to the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) this year? Because your donation can help send a school nutrition professional back to school, attend a conference or even receive a grant.

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

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 http://breakfastintheclassroom.org.
This November, We Give Thanks for Webinar Wednesdays
We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and the great ideas coming out of our Webinar Wednesdays series is one of them. Join us on December 4 for “ Top 10 Steps to Managing the Procurement Process (and Preventing a Bid Protest!),” where participants will hear a top 10 list of fundamental steps districts should take to manage the procurement process effectively. This is also a great time to catch up on any SNA webinar you may have missed this fall. On-Demand Webinars

Tap Into the Power of Numbers with Dollar$ & Ȼents
SNA’s new Dollars & Cents of Financial Management video tutorial training series has been developed by the SNA Financial Management task force as a train-the-trainer series on five KPIs teachable to school nutrition managers from their directors. The task force, comprised of experienced directors, hand-picked these five KPIs to maximize daily cost efficiencies:

  • Analyzing Participation Data (ADP)
  • Meal Equivalent Conversions (MEQ)
  • Meals Per Labor Hour (MPLH)
  • Cost to Produce a Meal (CPM)
  • Break-even Point Analysis (BEP)

The Ethics Training You Need
Through a self-paced module, you can earn one CEU as you are introduced to ethics and ethical behavior and begin to learn how to make ethical decisions. The module includes a video case study and a real-life school nutrition-based case study that provides an opportunity for users to answer questions based on the scenario. Users are also introduced to the seven-step decision-making process that can be used when ethical dilemmas arise. To learn more visit the ethics page on SNA’s Training Zone.
2020 SNA Election Ballot Announcement
The SNA Leadership Development Committee met during the 2019 Fall Committee Days in Alexandria, Va., to review nominations for positions on the SNA Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee. After reviewing the biographical information on each candidate, and supporting documents such as the candidate’s goals and the recommendations submitted by colleagues on leadership experience and competencies, the Committee selected a slate for the 2020 election. Biographies of candidates selected for the ballot will be available online in early January 2020. The election will be held February 15-29, 2020. Learn More

SNA 2020-21 National Committee Openings
Interested in serving on a SNA Committee or Council? Serving on a SNA committee/council offers exciting opportunities to grow professionally, develop new skills, work on issues from a national perspective and make a contribution to the school nutrition profession. There are 25 open committee positions for 2020-21. Visit the SNA website to learn about our current openings and to download the Committee Interest Form. Forms are due by January 31, 2020. 
Enter Sweepstakes to Win a Free Trip to LAC 2020 in Washington D.C.!
There is still time to enter SNA’s annual sweepstakes to win a free trip for two (2) to the 2020 Legislative Action Conference which is being held March 8th through the 10th in Washington, D.C. Please submit all entries to advocacy@schoolnutrition.org. Submissions are due by December 13, 2019.
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