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SNAC Bites - November 2019 Edition

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SNAC Bites

November 2019 Edition

Welcome to the November 2019 issue of SNA Communication (SNAC) Bites! SNAC Bites highlights new SNA programs and news, and provides content for your state association publications, chapter meetings and social media channels. In some cases, the content will need to be customized for your state association’s needs, should you decide to use the below stories.


Here are this month’s headlines:

1.       2020 SNA Election Ballot Announcement!

2.       Focus on Early Registration! Discount Deadline for #SNIC2020 is Extended to November 22!

3.       Giving Tuesday is Fast Approaching: December 3, 2019

4.       The Ethics Training You Need

5.       Registration Now Open for #LAC2020

6.       Shop SNA’s Emporium Black Friday Closeout Sale All Month Long!

7.       Save the Date for the 4th Annual Virtual Expo—Registration Opens January 6, 2020

8.       Apply Today for a Professional Development or Conference Scholarship!

9.       New! Now Accepting Applications for 2020 SNF Equipment Grants

10.   Head to the Training Zone to Calibrate Your Culinary Skills

11.   Tap Into the Power of Numbers with Dollar$ & Ȼents

12.   This November, We Give Thanks for Webinar Wednesdays

13.   Get Social with School Nutrition

14.   You Asked and We Answered!

15.   Harness the Power of “We”

16.   Read the Fall 2019 Edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management

17.   USDA Releases Analysis of School Meals Eligibility Under Proposed SNAP Rule, Reopens Comment Period

18.   Reminder to Share Your Thoughts: SNA’s 2020 Position Paper

19.   New School Meal Bills Introduced

20.   2020 Farm to School Grant Applications Are Now Available

21.   USDA Updates Guidance on School Meal Programs

1. 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.

2. Focus on Early Registration! Discount Deadline for #SNIC2020 is Extended to November 22!

Early registration for #SNIC2020 ends on November 22, so focus on registering at the discounted rate before it’s too late! By registering early, you can claim your spot in the pre-conference sessions which require pre-registration and have limited seating. Read up on the exciting general sessions featuring future focused speakers, education sessions on hot topics, fast-paced 30-minute Ideas@Work sessions, plus new learning opportunities and off-sites!

The November 22 deadline will be here before you know it, so kick off a year of perfect vision with us and register early for #SNIC2020! Don’t forget that registration is also required before making your hotel accommodations at the SNA discounted rate so be sure to register before hotel rooms fill up! Download and share the brochure for more conference details.

3. 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! A donation today is a dream come true tomorrow…Donate now!

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Shop SNA’s Emporium Black Friday Closeout Sale All Month Long!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift to recognize colleagues? Avoid long Black Friday lines and shop 24-7 at SNA’s Emporium—your one-stop-shop for the best gifts in school nutrition! We have items in every price range to suit your budget. Best of all, purchases made in the Emporium directly support your national association. We’ve got some Holiday Closeout Specials during November, with more than 100 items 30-60% off (online orders only)! Place your orders today—quantities are limited on sale items!

7. 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 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.

8. Apply Today for a Professional Development or Conference Scholarship!

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is now accepting applications for scholarships! Apply for a SNA Conference Scholarship for a chance to earn $1,000 to help cover the costs to attend SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference and Legislative Action Conference. Want to earn your degree? 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. For questions, please contact

9. New! Now Accepting Applications for 2020 SNF Equipment Grants

New this year, eligible applicants have the opportunity to win one of three SNF equipment grants! These three grants are the Winston Equipment Grant, the Vulcan/Hobart Equipment Grant, and the Collection Grant. If your kitchen needs new equipment, consider applying today! Attend an informational webinar on the SNF Equipment Grants Program on Thursday, November 21. Stay tuned to

10. Head to the Training Zone to Calibrate Your Culinary Skills

What is mise en place? When should you use a scale, measuring cup or spoodle? Why does it matter? How do you calibrate different types of kitchen thermometers, and why is it important?

Any way you dice it, this is critical training! SNA’s Culinary Skills video tutorials are designed to make learning fun and help you retain what you have learned. In just one hour, you can learn the same essential skills from SNA’s Chefs Task Force that were presented live at #ANC19.

Even better, District Packages are available at discount prices to train your entire kitchen staff! Once completed, you will have earned one CEU, but most importantly, you have either learned or brushed up on a skill!

11. Tap Into the Power of Numbers with Dollar$ & Ȼents

There’s real power in numbers. School nutrition directors know that certain numbers are the key to understanding and comparing different schools’ breakfast and lunch program performance and guide future strategic and operational goals. Wouldn’t it be great if there were an easy way to know which Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) could really make a difference? Wouldn’t it be even greater if there was an easy way to train managers how to calculate them?


Well, now there is! 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.

SNA’s Financial Management 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)

12. 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 Best of #ANC19 series is one of them. Join us on November 6, for ANC Ideas@Work Connecting the Cafeteria to Classroom, where the cafeteria, which is often an underutilized resource is re-characterized as a learning lab, connecting cafeteria/kitchen to students’ education.

Then on November 13, we will take some time for self-reflection. You have inevitably gotten in some squabbles with co-workers since the beginning of the year and began to reflect on how to improve your working relationships…but might need some new ideas. This webinar will take you through exercises and provide some refreshing outlooks on working relationships and improving communication with Best of #ANC19: Self-Awareness: Knowing Yourself to Improve as a Leader.

Check out other November webinars in the Training Zone.

13. Get Social with School Nutrition

Your top resource for all things K-12 foodservice is now on Facebook! Like or Follow School Nutrition magazine on this social media platform to discover monthly articles, recipes, engaging polls, videos, interactive questions, fellow school nutrition professionals and so much more.

Find the resource at, and make sure to share the page with your colleagues as well!

14. You Asked and We Answered!

While the editorial team at School Nutrition (SN) always actively works to ensure each issue is packed full of relevant, interesting and engaging articles based upon what those in the profession want and need, we took it up a notch for the November issue. After letting readers vote on what topics they want to learn more about, the November magazine is dedicated to YOUR choices.

Thanks to reader feedback, the three main feature articles cover very diverse and interesting topics. Learn more about angel fund accounts as a means to help alleviate unpaid meal debt; discover new team-building activities great for your next managerial meeting or inservice; and study up on less-common allergens. All this and more can be found in the November issue of SN!

15. Harness the Power of “We”

School nutrition professionals are deeply passionate about their work and feeding America’s children. Through SNA all these professionals come together to form deeper, stronger bonds. With their dedication, 2018-19 reflected what can be accomplished with our combined passion.

Chronicling the great accomplishments of SNA members over the last year, the 2018-19 Annual Report is a small glimpse into what can be done when nearly 60,000 passionate individuals come together. From powerful grassroots advocacy efforts to empowering conferences, the Report can be used as a tool for outside stakeholders to learn the power of the Association and its members. Feel good about what the Association accomplished over the last year—and what is being done this year—because that is the power of “we.”

16. Read the Fall 2019 Edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management

Meeting the unique dietary needs of a child is a challenge present in cafeterias across the country. Often, a student’s special diet is because of a food allergy, a food sensitivity, or a religious or ethical concern. As more research is conducted on these topics, and more students request dietary accommodations, school nutrition professionals need the most accurate and up-to-date resources.

The Fall 2019 edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management delves deep into the complex topic of special diets with research-based and thought-provoking articles to support those in school foodservice.

Articles include a training review on the role of food sensibilities to meet the needs of students with intolerances and other concerns; research about resources to provide texture-modified diets for special needs children with developmental disorders and on perceptions of menu planners of costs in making meal accommodations; and a behind-the-scenes look at a Washington D.C. school that introduced vegan entrees as part of their lunch menus.

17. USDA Releases Analysis of School Meals Eligibility Under Proposed SNAP Rule, Reopens Comment Period

On October 15, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an analysis of the potential impact of the proposed revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on participants in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The analysis “shows that potentially as many as 982,000 children would no longer be directly certified for free school meals based on SNAP participation. Of the total number of impacted children, about 445,000 (or 45 percent) would be income eligible for free meals, and about 497,000 (or 51 percent) would be income eligible for reduced price meals. About 40,000 children (or 4 percent) would be required to pay at the ‘paid rate’ for a school meal if they

chose to participate in the NSLP and SBP.” As SNA discussed in its original response to the Proposed Rule, some families who are eligible for meal assistance may not realize they need to apply, resulting in students being denied a meal in the cafeteria. Other families will be hesitant to apply due to language barriers, stigma and other obstacles, resulting in needy children going without healthy meals.

To allow the public to provide input specifically related to these new findings, USDA reopened the comment period on the Proposed Rule. Read SNA’s response to the analysis in the second comment letter.

18. Reminder to Share Your Thoughts: SNA’s 2020 Position Paper

While SNA is preparing to craft its 2020 Position Paper, there is still time to make your voice heard! Please provide your input on the school nutrition program challenges you would like to see addressed in SNA's 2020 Position Paper. We would like to hear from YOU about what can be done here in Washington, D.C., to support school nutrition professionals nationwide. SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee will meet to draft the Paper on December 9 and your responses will determine what your regional committee representative will discuss during the drafting. The deadline to submit is November 23, 2019. If you have any questions, please reach out to SNA’s Government Affairs and Media Relations team at

19. New School Meal Bills Introduced

Four new Federal bills impacting school nutrition programs were introduced in October 2019:

· Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced H.R. 4541, the Food Recovery Transportation Act. This bill would establish a grant program to provide additional funding to organizations and nonprofits that are engaged in food recovery operations. This legislation would help food banks serve their communities by providing funding and financial assistance to offset costs incurred from preparing, storing and transporting donated food.

· Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN5) introduced S. 2609 and H.R. 4684, the Universal School Meals Program Act. This bill would amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to make breakfast, lunch, afterschool supper, summer and childcare meals free for all children beginning one year after implementation, among other provisions. Upon enactment, the bill also prohibits schools from denying a school meal to a student unable to pay. Read more in SNA’s Tuesday Morning.

· Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced S. 2692, the School Modernization and Efficient Access to Lunches for Students Act of 2019 to improve direct certification. This act would fund direct certification improvements through USDA grants and technical assistance and provide added timing flexibilities for schools to elect CEP and gather eligibility data.

20. 2020 Farm to School Grant Applications Are Now Available

The Office of Community Food Systems (CFS) has announced the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will award up to $10 million in competitive grants to eligible schools and organizations with the goal to increase the availability of local foods in school meals programs. Visit the FNS website for more information about grant categories, past awards and additional resources for potential applicants. Applications will close on December 13, 2019.

21. USDA Updates Guidance on School Meal Programs

USDA has published a collection of policy memoranda to provide administrators and operators with updated guidance for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). This guidance, which is being distributed by State Agencies, covers programs such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Updates to this guidance include questions and answers documents pertaining to school meal flexibility and meal pattern requirements; clarification on milk and water requirements; and updates to guidance on smoothies and salad bars in schools.




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