Working Through New Staffing Challenges
The eighth digital extra from School Nutrition offers reflections from eight district directors who share pain points about staffing challenges, while reaffirming their pride for the dedication of frontline team members.

Tout Your School Nutrition Team Efforts for a Chance to Win!
SNA is now accepting submissions for the "School Meal Program Pride" contest! Help SNA recognize school teams for continuing to keep students happy, healthy and fed this fall. We'll feature examples on TrayTalk.org and SNA's social media channels. One randomly selected submission will win $200 credit for the SNA Shop! Enter now through Oct 16.
 
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.
Get Inspired
The Directors’ Best Practices Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to find out what’s working right now to feed kids. Discuss financial sustainability, safety and sanitation, and other critical issues facing school nutrition programs with peers from across the country. Highlights include:
 
A Pediatrician’s Perspective: School Meals & Student Health
Dr. Robert Murray, Professor at Ohio State University and representative for the American Academy of Pediatrics, will share information on the importance of school meals and an outlook on student health. View full conference agenda.
 
COVID-19 Safety & Sanitation: Beginning Again
Chef Cyndie Story (Ph.D, RDN, CC, SNS) & Dr. Beverly Girard (Ph.D, MBA, RD, SNS), Culinary Solution Centers, LLC, will share best practices to incorporate into health guidance for staff, maintaining time/temp controls for meals and creating cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting protocols. View full conference agenda.
 
Registration Tools
Check out our conference FAQs for information on pricing, CEUs, and materials as well as a template letter on the website you can customize to make a request to your supervisor. Register now!
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President Kennedy created National School Lunch Week in 1962—58 years ago! Today, NSLW serves more than 30 million children every school day. Join us in celebrating next week by sharing what you have planned for #NSLW20 and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of School Nutrition!
U.S. Senate Passes Funding and Extends USDA Authority to Grant Waivers  
On September 30th, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 8337, Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021, a short-term funding bill that provides $1.4 trillion in continuing FY2021 appropriations for Federal agencies through December 11, 2020. Learn More

U.S. House Passes Updated HEROES Act
On October 1st, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an updated HEROES Act. Among other provisions, the bill provides “as much funding as necessary” for school meal programs and provides increased flexibility for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in low-income communities. Read a summary of the bill.

October is National Farm to School Month!
This year's National Farm to School Month is about expressing gratitude to those who help provide nutritious meals to students, including farmers, harvesters, distributors, school nutrition professionals, garden coordinators, and bus drivers. Nominate a Community Food Champion or check out other Farm to School resources to get involved locally!
Countdown to National School Lunch Week!
National School Lunch Week, October 12-16, is right around the corner! Whatever may be #nowplaying in your school lunch program, there are many levels in which you can participate, and many reasons why you should. Learn More

Speak Up and Gear Up for NSLW!
Find last minute engagement ideas in the #NSLW20 toolkit, gear up in the SNA NSLW Shop (download the brochure for NSLW items and pricing info) and spread the word on social media with the help of our marketing and PR resources.
SNF Equipment Grants for 2021 are Now Open!
The School Nutrition Foundation is teaming up with industry partners to provide new kitchen equipment to deserving districts! Apply now for the 2021 SNF Equipment Grant Program, featuring applications for not one but FOUR grants! Learn More
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January 4, 2021
Since mid-March, school nutrition teams have handled challenge after challenge with professionalism, creativity and initiative. The October 2020 issue of School Nutrition celebrates these successes and addresses challenges that are still affecting the industry.