Register to Vote: School Nutrition is on the Ballot!
With this year's election only weeks away, the School Nutrition Association encourages all of its members to register to vote

The SNA Leadership Development Committee held the 2020 Virtual Selection Meeting last week to review nominations for positions on the SNA Board of Directors, the Leadership Development Committee, and the Industry Advisory Council. Read More

Q&A Relating to Nationwide SFSP/SSO Waivers
The USDA has published "Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through School Year 2020-2021". This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to State Agencies and Program operators on issues related to recently published waivers for SFSP and SSO during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read More
Last Chance to Register!
Time is running out to register for the Directors’ Best Practices Conference that starts on Monday, October 26 and runs for three afternoons. The deadline to register with purchase orders and group purchases is tomorrow, Thursday, October 22. Don’t miss out! Register now.

25 Speakers Will Share Their Expertise
Each afternoon of the conference has a different focus—staying afloat financially, school meals and student health, safety and sanitation—but also includes key takeaways and idea sharing. Take an inside look at what we have planned, day by day.

Hot Topics
The conference is inclusive to all types of districts, with operators from across the country speaking on a variety of hot topics and expert speakers covering current participation trends, the latest CDC guidance for schools and school nutrition programs and much more.

Zoom Breakouts, CEUs and More
The conference also features optional Zoom Breakout Sessions at the end of each day to continue the conversation and network with hundreds of peers from across the country. Attending the conference will earn you 8 CEUs. View the detailed agenda
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October marks the 10th anniversary of National Farm to School Month, first designated by Congress in 2010. School districts large and small have built farm-to-school programs that celebrate area farmers and local ingredients through direct-from-farm procurement initiatives; school gardens, greenhouses and hydroponic stations; agricultural education projects; and school menus that feature more fresh fruits and vegetables than ever before.
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. Read More
 
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. Read More
 
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. Read More
Nominations close in two days (October 23) for the 2020 Basic American Foods FAME Awards! Winners will be celebrated at the 32nd annual awards ceremony in January 2021 during SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC). Learn More

K-12 School Opening Tracker
Burbio is a data service that aggregates almost 200,000 school and community calendars from across the US and helps companies use this information to better manage their business. Check out their school opening tracker.
In celebration of National Farm to School Month, School Nutrition spotlights these efforts in the magazine’s ongoing COVID-19 digital supplement series.