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SNAC Bites December 2019 Edition

Thursday, December 5, 2019  
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Welcome to the December 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.       Only Days Remain to Save on Your #SNIC2020 Registration

2.       SNA 2020-21 National Committee Openings

3.       Register Early for #LAC2020 and Save!

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

5.       Nominate a Colleague You Admire for an SNA Award

6.       Webinar Wednesdays

7.       Webinars On-Demand

8.       Training Zone: Got Ethics Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

9.       NSBW Planning is Ready for Takeoff!

10.   It’s Not Too Late to Donate!

11.   SNA Launches Research Initiative on Universal Meals

12.   USDA Increases Guam and Virgin Islands Reimbursement Rates

13.   New School Meal Bills Introduced

14.   USDA Releases Updated Guidance for Unanticipated School Closures


1. Only Days Remain to Save on Your #SNIC2020 Registration

Haven’t registered for SNA’s upcoming School Nutrition Industry Conference (#SNIC2020) yet? Don’t forget, the last day to save on your registration is December 9. After that date, all registrations will be processed at the onsite rate. Register for SNIC.

2. SNA 2020-21 National Committee Openings

Interested in serving on a SNA Committee or Council? Serving on a SNA committee/council offers exciting opportunities to grow professionally, develop new skills, work on issues from a national perspective and contribute to the school nutrition profession. There are 25 open committee positions for 2020-21. Visit the SNA website to learn about our current openings and to download the Committee Interest Form. Forms are due by January 31, 2020.

3. Register Early for #LAC2020 and Save!

Bring your future into focus at the 2020 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington D.C., from March 8-10. You and fellow school nutrition professionals and advocates will have the opportunity to support school meals and speak up for school nutrition programs. To get a head start, don’t forget to register for the pre-conference session “Serving Students When the Lights Go Out: Disaster Preparedness and Response” on Saturday, March 7.

Reminder! You have a chance to win free travel, hotel, and registration for you and a guest to the 2020 Legislative Acton Conference through the LAC 2020 Sweepstakes and the entry deadline is quickly approaching! All entries must be dated on or after September 26, 2019 and must be sent to by December 13, 2019. Please see the LAC 2020 Sweepstakes Complete Rules for all the details.

Save today! Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount and receive $50 off your #LAC2020 registration. The early bird registration for #LAC2020 ends January 3, 2020 so don’t delay!

4. 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.

5. Nominate a Colleague You Admire for an SNA Award

This holiday season, give the gift of recognition! Nominate someone you admire for an SNA Award for SY2019-20. Nominations for the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year awards are now being accepted online by SNA through March 1, 2020. Being nominated for an SNA Award is a great honor. All state, regional and national winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s 2020 Annual National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee! For more information, including how to nominate and qualifications, please visit the SNA Member Awards webpage!

6. Webinar Wednesdays

Webinars are winding down as we head into the holiday season, but don’t despair! New webinars will be coming in the new year! From the Best of #SNIC2020, to procurement and more, make sure to watch for the Webinar Wednesdays email so you can register and earn CEUs and CPEUs.

7. Webinars On-Demand

We understand that not everyone can join the webinars at 2:00 pm ET on Wednesdays. That is why we have the Webinars On-Demand library on the Training Zone. One of SNA’s most popular member benefits, webinars are available to you when you have the time. Can’t finish watching a webinar in one sitting? No problem, you can return to the webinar and pick up where you left off. Login today to take advantage of the over 60 webinars in the library.

8. Training Zone: Got Ethics Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

Visit the Training Zone for Ethics: What Should You Do?, a fundamental course that will help you and your staff recognize and address ethical concerns in the workplace. Do you know the differences between workplace and personal ethics? Do you understand the importance of having a code of ethics? This could be the most important $15 investment you ever spent on a training course to get these ethics questions and more answered! SNA’s introductory ethics course is designed to:

  • Help school nutrition professionals learn to recognize and address ethical dilemmas in the workplace
  • Be interactive with fun activities, a case study, a self-assessment and a video
  • Reinforce the importance of ethics and the factors of ethical decision-making

District packages for 10-100 individual users are also available and offer a 20-40% discount! Head over to the Training Zone for this and other interactive trainings on topics such as culinary skills and financial management designed exclusively for school nutrition professionals.

9. NSBW Planning is Ready for Takeoff!

Mark your calendar for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)—March 2-6, 2020 and pump up students and stakeholders with an “Out of this World” campaign! The theme for #NSBW2020 is “School Breakfast: Out of this World,” so start planning your NSBW celebration today by downloading the NSBW 2020 Toolkit to help you get started on your promotion ideas. Another way to get your breakfast program ready for takeoff, is to visit the SNA Emporium and shop for the #NSBW2020 themed resources available to ensure you show how your breakfast program is blasting off into new territory! Happy planning—we hope you are ready for an out of this world ride into the #NSBW2020 galaxy!

10. It’s Not Too Late to Donate!

Make your tax-deductible donation to the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) before December 31, 2019. For the same price of only two cups of coffee, you can help school nutrition professionals achieve their professional dreams and goals in promoting healthy eating for children in schools around the U.S. Consider donating $10 to SNF for your end of year giving. We can’t do it without you. We need your support.

“We serve more than just meals, we are nurturing our future and making sure our children get healthy and well-balanced meals. This is exciting because we get to be a part of something that is so rewarding.”-Nicole Santana, Michigan City Area Schools.

For those of us who like to save things for the end of the year, here’s some good news: It’s not too late to donate!

11. SNA Launches Research Initiative on Universal Meals

Studies have shown that school meals contribute to the health, attentiveness, behavior and academic achievement of students. SNA believes all students should have equal access to nutritious school meals, and that is why we are excited to announce a new research initiative that will evaluate the potential social benefits and costs of expanding the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, to serve all students at no charge.

School meals not only ensure students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn, but they also play an important role in supporting obesity prevention and improving children’s diets and health outcomes. Previous studies on universal meal proposals have focused on the price tag, without quantifying and comparing the many long-term benefits of increased student lunch and breakfast participation. To support SNA’s advocacy efforts with Congress and the Administration, SNA’s Board of Directors approved funding for an independent research firm specializing in regulatory advocacy and economic analysis to conduct a benefit-cost study of a universal school lunch and breakfast program. The firm chosen has significant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) experience and will provide a thorough, OMB-compliant economic analysis of the social benefits and costs of creating a universal meals program. This research effort will focus on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. SNA will keep you posted on the outcomes of the analysis.

12. USDA Increases Guam and Virgin Islands Reimbursement Rates

In a Federal Register notice published on November 1, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established new reimbursement rates for Guam and the Virgin Islands. This rate adjustment is in effect beginning July 1, 2019 for SY2019-20. This 17% increase in the reimbursement rate is based on data indicating that the costs of producing school lunches, breakfasts and snacks are higher than those in the continental United States, as well as other factors impacting both Guam and the Virgin Islands school meal programs.

13. New School Meal Bills Introduced

Two new Federal bills impacting school nutrition programs were introduced in November 2019:

·         Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced S.2752, the School Hunger Elimination Act of 2019. This legislation would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to make improvements to school nutrition program requirements, including the expansion of direct certification, community eligibility and retroactive reimbursements.

·         U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced H.R. 4755, the Safe Food Act of 2019. This bill would establish the Food Safety Administration, an agency that would work to strengthen food safety regulations and food labeling for the protection of public health against foodborne illnesses.

14. USDA Releases Updated Guidance for Unanticipated School Closures

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released updated guidance on meal service during unanticipated school closures. School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program, institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are encouraged to use the flexibilities described in this memorandum to help ensure that children do not experience a lapse in food security when extreme weather or other events force area schools and childcare facilities to close. For more information on this topic, don’t miss the Serving Students When the Lights Go Out: Disaster Preparedness & Response pre-conference session at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference in March.


School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin
563 Carter Court, Suite B, Kimberly, WI 54136
Phone: 920-560-5630 Email: