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Tuesday Morning : https://schoolnutrition.org/Newsletters/TuesdayMorning/

School Lunch Day Hero: http://schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/Events/SLHD/

National School Breakfast Week: http://schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/Events/NSBW/2019/

National School Lunch Week: http://schoolnutrition.org/meetings/events/nslw/2018/

2018 SNAC Bites: /Portals/2/Docs/SNAC Bites 082018.pdf



SNAC Bites

April 2019 Edition

Welcome to the April 2019 issue of SNA Communication (SNAC) Bites! SNAC Bites highlights new SNA programs and provides content for your state association publications, chapter meetings, & social media. In some cases, the content will need to be customized for your state association’s needs.


This issue includes:

1.      Don’t Miss ANC’s Pre-Cons, Including New Express Two-Hour Trainings

2.          New Tools to Recognize Your Lunch Heroes!

3.          Order Your Copy of Little Big Fact Book Today!

4.      Putting the FUN in Fundraising!

5.      New SNS Exam Launching in July 2019

6.     Our Webinar Wednesdays Presenters are Just Like You…

7.     Our Ethics Module is Made for You!

8.     Submit Your Research on Special Diets!

9.     SNA – Helping Win Over the Public on School Meals

10.   School Breakfast Programs Can Now Substitute Vegetables for Fruit

11.   House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs

12.   FNS Extends FNS-640 Deadline and Issues Instructions and Reporting Guidance

13.  FNS Posts 2019 Reimbursement Rates for SFSP and SY2019-20 Income Eligibility Guidelines


1. Don’t Miss ANC’s Pre-Cons, Including New Express Two-Hour Trainings

Kickstart your learning experience at SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference (and earn extra CEUs, too!) with full, half-day or new two hour-express pre-conference workshops! With many pre-conferences to choose from—that highlight practical training topics—including financial management knife and cooking skills, nutrition regulations and food allergies, social media and graphic design. Plus, don’t miss the off-site opportunity to experience first-hand how local organizations are addressing childhood hunger in Missouri. Register now—early registration discounts end May 17!


2. New Tools to Recognize Your Lunch Heroes!

School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 3—just one month away! How will you celebrate your #Lunch Heroes? Don’t worry, SNA has numerous tools on hand to assist you in recognizing the amazing job school nutrition professionals do every day! Plus, find great gifts for your employees with a new yellow School Lunch Hero Day apron, t- shirt or other fun merchandise from the SNA Emporium!


3. Order Your Copy of Little Big Fact Book Today!

The 2019 edition of SNA’s Little Big Fact Book is hot off the presses. This 44-page guide offers an extensive look into the unique field of school foodservice and is a great companion for state legislators, school administrators, media personnel, outside stakeholders, employees new to school nutrition and those in need of a refresher course! The book offers the most up-to-date facts on federal programs, USDA Foods, the school nutrition market and other hot topics. Order your copies today!


4. Putting the FUN in Fundraising!

Asking people for their hard-earned cash is never easy which makes School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) Ambassadors’ job that much more difficult – and important. Three years ago, the SNF Ambassador Program was


created to provide an opportunity for SNA state affiliates (associations) to support the Foundation that provides education, research and scholarships to their members. SNF Ambassadors not only help raise funds for the Foundation, but also help spread the word about what SNF does for SNA members. Everything from increasing the number of professional development programs to providing a variety of scholarships is at the core of SNF’s mission.


Be sure to look for your State Ambassador at your conferences and meetings throughout the year. They are there to share the SNF mission and provide you with information on the resources SNF provides. Each one received “Tips, Tools & Talking Points” to help with their fundraising efforts as well as SNF pins, ribbons and other SNF items to encourage individual contributions.


2019 brings back some healthy competition among the states culminating in national recognition at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at ANC 2020. The top state in each membership category that raises the most money for the Foundation in 2019 will win invitations to SNA’s 2020 ANC Networking Reception, one free ANC 2020 registration to bring back to their state, and, of course, bragging rights for the year.


5. New SNS Exam Launching in July 2019

SNA is releasing a new School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credentialing exam in July 2019 which will have some minor content area modifications.


With the increased focus on procurement in school nutrition, Content Area IV: Procurement and Inventory Management has been split and renamed Content Area IV: Procurement Management. This content area is now entirely dedicated to procurement related competencies and accounts for 5.5% of the overall exam. The inventory related competencies have been redistributed to other content areas, mainly Content Area III. To reflect this change, Content Area III is now named Food Production, Inventory, and Operation Management.


Please note that overall the test competencies have not changed, they have been redistributed to better reflect the current responsibilities of school nutrition professionals. The content area weightings have also not changed.


For questions about the upcoming changes to the SNS exam, please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNS or email CertSNS@schoolnutrition.org.


6. Our Webinar Wednesdays Presenters are Just Like You…

They’re also on Spring Break in April! As all of you know, school districts all over the U.S. are preparing for Spring Break and each district is breaking at a different time. This makes it hard to schedule presenters and even harder to find viewers! Hence, we will be taking a break from webinars in April, but rest assured SNA staff will be hard at work to bring you great content in May!


Speaking of May, we will be continuing our Best of #SNIC19 series with Austin ISD sharing their innovative ways to involve their students and community, which has had a direct correlation in increasing their breakfast and lunch participation. Learn about their culinary competitions, facility tours and classroom presentations that have elevated their program to the next level.


We are also excited to present a case study created by two School Nutrition Directors who recently experienced leading a brand-new school nutrition buying group. They will share lessons learned, and help you think of ways their practical knowledge could help you. Much more to come in May! Stay tuned and check in to Webinar Wednesdays later this month for more information.


7. Our Ethics Module is Made for You!

There are plenty of ethical decisions that come up in the school kitchen each day. Count yourself lucky if you haven’t experienced a co-worker that makes questionable decisions from time to time. Are you sure that chicken salad has only been sitting out for 2 hours? Did you change your gloves after scratching your face? Believe it or not, having an arsenal of information on how and when to think about ethics can help you combat scenarios that could ultimately hurt your school nutrition program’s reputation. Knowledge is power, and you deserve to feel confident when making your next ethical decision. For more information, go to the Ethics Module webpage.


8. Submit Your Research on Special Diets!

Special diets are a hot topic of debate in lunchroom and school nutrition departments. For the upcoming Fall 2019 edition of Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, the issue will be themed with this interesting topic in mind. Consider sharing strategies, research, tips or stories from your own experiences. Submission deadline is May 15, 2019. Learn more.


9. SNA – Helping Win Over the Public on School Meals

Does everyone in your community know that today’s school meals are nutritious and delicious? Tackling age-old stereotypes about school meals is daunting, but SNA has developed a host resources to help you educate community members about the benefits of school meals. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/PR for a wide variety of members-only tools. Here’s a quick overview of our most popular resources:


·         Media and Outreach Guides: From our recent “Winning Over the Public on School Meals” webinar (available on-demand), to tip sheets on prepping for media interviews, these tools outline successful tactics for spreading the good news.

·         Talking Points and Customizable PR Tools: Whether you’re preparing for a presentation before the PTO or an interview on unpaid meal charges, SNA can help!

·         Backpack Brochures and Flyers: SNA offers customizable handouts to help you promote your program, including colorful new “Parents: Did You Know?” flyers and fact sheets detailing the benefits of school breakfast and lunch.


SNA’s About School Meals section of the website is a great resource to share with parents, administrators, legislators, or anyone who wants to learn about school meal programs. The site offers a wealth of information, including: one-pagers on school nutrition standards; the latest statistics on school meal participation, reimbursements, and more; and tips for getting involved in school meal programs.


10. School Breakfast Programs Can Now Substitute Vegetables for Fruit

In a recent policy memo, FNS announced that effective immediately School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) may credit any vegetable offered, including potatoes and other starchy vegetables, in place of fruit without including vegetables from other subgroups in the weekly breakfast menus.




SFAs must offer 1 cup of fruit daily to children in all age and grade groups. To meet this requirement, SFAs may offer a vegetable in place of a fruit. SFAs that offer 1 cup of fruit or vegetable at breakfast each day will be considered compliant during the Administrative Review through September 30, 2019. Under regulations prior to this notice, participants had to ensure that at least two cups per week are from the dark green, red/orange, beans and peas or “other vegetables” subgroups.


11. House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs

A Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing in March examining federal Child Nutrition Programs. Members of the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee heard testimony from four witnesses, two of them SNA members, about the importance of Child Nutrition Programs, specifically the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. You can watch the hearing and read the witnesses’ testimony here.


12. FNS Extends FNS-640 Deadline and Issues Instructions and Reporting Guidance

Last week, FNS posted a memo with instructions and reporting guidance for state agencies using form FNS-640 to report SY2017-18 Administrative Review data. The memo also extended the reporting deadline to May 1, 2019, due to delays caused by the government shutdown and system development schedules.


13. FNS Posts 2019 Reimbursement Rates for SFSP and SY2019-20 Income Eligibility Guidelines

In March, FNS posted the 2019 reimbursement rates for SFSP, as well as the Income Eligibility Guidelines for child nutrition programs for SY2019-20. Reimbursement rates for SFSP can be found in the Federal Register, and reflect annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.


Adjustments to income eligibility guidelines for SY2019-20 impact 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). In the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia, Guam and U.S. Territories, the monthly income limit for a family of four is $3,970 for reduced-price meals and $2,790 for free meals. That limit is $4,963 for reduced-price meals and $3,488 for free meals in Alaska, and $4,567 for reduced-price meals and $3,209 for free meals in Hawaii. You can view the full chart of reimbursement rates here.

We encourage creativity—the options are endless! But here are just a few ideas:


  • Ask your RD or cafeteria manager to talk about how school meals are nutritionally balanced while filming the healthy options available in the cafeteria.
  • Discuss the financial needs of students in your community and how school meals ensure those children have the nutrition they need to succeed.
  • Film a principal talking about how school meals are an important part of the school day.
  • Ask a student about trying a new fruit or vegetable for the first time at school.
  • Film a student talking about what school meals mean to them.
  • Ask a teacher to discuss how your school breakfast program is keeping students more alert in class.


A panel of judges will select the finalists and their videos will be posted to the SNA website for a vote. The SNA member who submits the video that receives the most votes will win travel, hotel and registration for two at LAC 2019. Go to the SNA website to read the LAC Sweepstakes Flyer and find more details in the complete rules.





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