USDA Extends SFSP/SSO Waivers through SY 2020-21
On October 9th, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the extension of all Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers, allowing schools to offer meals to all children at no charge through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Learn More

SNA +1 Membership Challenge: Watch the Video
Membership in SNA offers many great benefits, but we all know what matters most is getting to be part of a community with your friends and colleagues. So, will you do your part and join the +1 Membership Challenge? Watch the video from SNA President Reggie Ross. Learn More

Nominate a Colleague You Admire for an SNA Award
Do you know an employee, manager, or director who deserves to be celebrated? The 2021 SNA Awards are now open and ready for online nominations. Learn More
Innovation Solution Showcase—Final Week!
Join us at 1 pm EDT October 19 and 20 for the final two days of the 2020 Innovation Solution Showcase. Three companies will be doing live demonstrations of new food, beverage and technology products and be on hand to answer questions. Register now.
Deadline Approaching for the Director’s Conference
Less than two weeks remain to join us on the afternoons of October 26-28 for the Director’s Best Practices Conference and learn what’s working best to feed kids, operate and sustain school nutrition programs right now. The conference is designed to be inclusive to all types of districts—so don’t miss out, register now!
Virtual Fall Industry Boot Camp—Register Now
This intense three-day seminar on November 17-19 on the nuts and bolts of the K-12 school nutrition segment covers all the basics industry representatives need to know, including the impacts of COVID-19, and features a director’s panel. View the agenda and register online now.

SNA’s Professional Development Series: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
If you missed the inaugural DEI webinar for leaders, Growing as an Intentional Inclusionist®, check it out On-Demand. Dr. White earned high praise from attendees ("This is the best diversity presentation that I have heard."), so don’t miss it!

The total number of CEUs you can earn by attending the Director’s Best Practices Conference October 26-28. View the detailed conference agenda with speaker and CEU information.
Military Dependents School Meal Eligibility Act  
On October 7th, U.S. Representatives Susan Davis (CA-53) and Mike Levin (CA-49) introduced H.R. 8534, the Military Dependents School Meal Eligibility Act. This bill would authorize the Department of Defense (DOD) to alert those state agencies overseeing school meal programs to directly certify the children of eligible active duty service members. Read a summary of the bill here.

CBPP and FRAC Publish Analysis of State P-EBT   
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) published the report "Lessons From Early Implementation of Pandemic-EBT." This report documents the implementation of Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) over the summer of 2020. Read the full report here.
#NSLW20 is Here—Share and Share Alike!
Share the the great work you are doing this week to promote school lunch for a chance to win a TrayTalk prize pack or be in School Nutrition magazine! Be sure to tag SNA on social media and use the hashtag #NSLW20. Need some help writing posts? Check out SNA’s Social Media Tips and our sample posts for partners.
Apply Today for a School Nutrition Foundation Scholarship!
Want to earn your degree? SNF is 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 application opened on October 1, 2020 and will end on January 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST). Learn More
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