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SNAC Bites October 2018 Edition

Wednesday, October 3, 2018  
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October SNAC BItes


This issue includes:

1.      Registration is Now Open for #SNIC19 in Austin, Texas!

2.      Watch and Share SNA’s New Video to Make #SNAStrong!

3.      #NSLW18 is Right Around the Corner—Get Ready for Lots 2 Love

4.     October is Ushering in a New Season of Webinar Wednesdays

5.     SNA Third Quarter State Legislative Report Available

6.     USDA Responds to SNA Comment on Operations Study


1. Registration is Now Open for #SNIC19 in Austin, Texas!

Join us January 13-15, 2019 in Austin for SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference, SNIC 2019, the premier event that brings together school nutrition operators and industry partners for three days of unparalleled learning and networking. This year’s conference theme, “The Business of School Nutrition,” is designed specifically to help you plan for and build the future of school nutrition operations with leading business strategy experts. Pre-conference workshops include an exciting tour of Austin ISD and deep dives into procurement and financial management. Early registration ends November 9, register now! View the conference brochure for more information.


2. Watch and Share SNA’s New Video to Make #SNAStrong!

Help us recruit new members and retain existing ones by sharing the wonderful benefits SNA has to offer along with our new membership video “Why Are You An SNA Member?” This video is the first in our new membership video series—look for more in the coming months! Share your own reasons for being an #SNAStrong member and remind them that belonging to SNA is a smart investment in their career, their school’s nutrition program and children they serve daily. Encourage prospective members to visit for more information. Thank you!

3. #NSLW18 is Right Around the Corner—Get Ready for Lots 2 Love

National School Lunch Week 2018 is less than two weeks away—share the love October 15-19! Check out our Marketing and PR Resources for social media graphics and other tools you can use to get the word out, including PowerPoint presentations you can customize. Don’t wait until the last minute to order your Lots 2 Love gear—and make sure to enter the contest by October 4 for your chance to win an Emporium gift card to promote your program!


4. October is Ushering in a New Season of Webinar Wednesdays

Calling all administrators! These tips and tricks are too good not to share. This month we are looking at ways to streamline your preparation and record keeping for the Administrative Review. We will have three Georgia directors joining us to share their sure-fire way to SLAY the review, on and off-site.

Calling all operators! Tuscaloosa County is sharing their mobile bus success story. See how a low-income area made the most of their grants and funds to bring mobile feeding to their community. Then, join us in the second half of October with two nutrition webinars chock full of inspiring ideas and recipes that will help you bring more vegetables and mushrooms to your cafeteria.


Click on the links below to learn more about each webinar and the dates/times offered.

v  Best of #ANC18: A Director's Guide to SLAY the Administrative Review!

v  Best of #ANC18: Rolling the Dice with Mobile Buses

v  Back to School: New SNA Resources & Tools to Benefit Your Program

v  Mushrooms in Schools: Creating On-Trend Meals with More Flavor and Less Sodium

v  Trick or Treat: Unmasking Plant-Based Protein


5. SNA Third Quarter State Legislative Report Available

The 2018 State Legislative Summary: Third Quarter Report is now available! This report provides a summary and status update for key school nutrition legislation at the state level. In the third quarter five school nutrition bills were signed into law, and in total seven states saw movement on bills that impact school meals. You can download the report here, and find past State Legislative Summaries and other state policy tools here.


6. USDA Responds to SNA Comment on Operations Study

In July, SNA responded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) request for comment on the Child Nutrition Program Operations Study II (CNOPS-II) and asked the Department to be mindful of the effort such studies require of school district personnel, as well as to attempt to minimize the burden placed on program operators. In August, SNA received a response from USDA, outlining the efforts taken to improve the survey based on feedback from state child nutrition directors and School Food Authority (SFA) directors. The letter also highlighted the flexibility provided by conducting the survey electronically.



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