School Nutrition Director’s of MN

Chairperson, Penny Hoops:


SNDM Membership Registration Form 2016-17 
Questions regarding membership and payment can be directed to Glen Ritter at 952-988-5307 or

Meeting Dates





School Breakfast Week Media

President Julie Powers, RD, SNS  and President Elect Wendy Knight, RD,SNS presented segments on School Breakfast week, March 4th and March 6th.  Check out the media links!

Julie Powers-WCCO 

Wendy Knight-KSTP


Dairy Nutrition Education Mini-Grants

Healthy eating is important for all families. Midwest Dairy Council is excited to offer $200 dairy nutrition education mini-grants for RDN’s, school nutrition professionals, chefs, dietetic interns, or university extension nutritionists.  This mini-grant is intended to help educate families utilizing emergency food assistance about how to incorporate dairy foods into a healthy well balanced meal or snack to boost nutrition.
The mini-grant award of $200 will be used to educate clients and families in a food pantry and WIC setting, by providing nutrition education and conducting a food demonstration preparing a low cost, minimal ingredient recipe which includes dairy as an ingredient. The presentation will be completed between June 1st and September 30th, 2017.  Applicants must reside in one of the following states to be eligible: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.  36 mini-grants are available. Click here to learn more, apply, and make a difference in your local community.  Applications are due April 1st.Contact Lisa McCann at or more information and questions.


Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant

Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant applications are now available until April 28th, 2017.
The grant application is available at

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to School Nutrition Departments to purchase equipment for up to three schools per district that will enhance the long-term implementation of their school meal programs with a preference to increasing school breakfast participation by offering it outside the cafeteria. Equipment may include large and small items such as breakfast in the classroom equipment, utility carts, coolers, etc. Contact Lisa McCann at or more information and questions.


School Meal Infographics
MSNA has created Informational materials to help you and your districts to understand what the economics and requirements are of a school lunch. School Meal Infographics


Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills

Welcome to the home of the Chop! Chop! culinary skills training video series. These free training videos will help you and your school food service staff use more fresh, local-grown fruits and vegetables—and whole grains—in your school meal program by introducing new foods, recipes and culinary skills. View all six videos below, along with support resources and recipes for your school lunch programs.
These training videos are a joint project of CESA Nutrition Purchasing, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Team Nutrition of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Click here to access the Chop Chop website.


 Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team Report

As a member of Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership Team, the Minnesota School Nutrition Association is proud to share a new report about farm to school’s growth and development in Minnesota.

The report documents the processes and outcomes of the Farm to School Leadership Team’s collective efforts over the past five years. It highlights dynamic tensions and examples of success while documenting the history of farm to school in Minnesota. The full report is available here:

Most of us are probably involved with at least one collaboration. The opportunities, challenges, and best practices documented in this report present excellent lessons and considerations for any cross-sector collaboration.

If you have any reflections or feedback after reading the report, feel free to share them with us at




MN Dept. of Education Trainings

Tuesdays@2 Webinars 
A variety of topics will be offered during the Tuesdays@2 webinar series. All webinars are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Registration and session information will be posted at: Training: School Nutrition Programs

MDE recorded webinars can be found at: . These recorded webinars can be found on the left hand side of the page. Please make sure you watch webinars with “Food Nutrition” as the presenter. CACFP webinars are also housed at this link. And their presenter name is “CACFP for Centers”.




DIRECTIONS FOR THE CEU Certificate Template: Download the fillable CEU Template and complete the form with all information.

Note: The USDA has established minimum professional standards which have been aligned with the SNA Certificate Program. Suggested topics for trainings should be relevant to the person’s job or to the next role that an individual is working towards. Please note that there may be some topics that do not fall into any Key Area and will not count towards Professional Standards or the SNA Certificate Program.

Professional Standards Training GuidelinesFEB2016
SNA Certificate Guide May2016
SNA Certificate Application 2016
SNA Changing Certificate Levels
USDA Frequently Asked Questions


USDA Guidance on Professional Standards 
USDA has a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document to provide more guidance on Professional Standards for school nutrition personnel that manage and operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP), as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. To view the FAQs, visit SNA’s Professional Standards website and click on “USDA Professional Standards FAQs.”

In question #39 of the FAQs, USDA confirms suggests that up to 2 hours of exhibit floor attendance/product demo may count toward professional standards. MN Dept. of Education has approved 2 hours per year.

For more guidance on planning training for school nutrition operators, download SNA’s newly updated Professional Standards Training Guidelines SEPT 2015. SNA will continue to keep you apprised of updates on USDA Professional Standards.



School District Owned (or State Agency Owned) Membership (SDM) is an alternative to standard individual memberships and designed to meet the needs of the changing workforce by enabling school districts to keep school nutrition staff informed and educated about feeding students. The goal of SDM is to make it easier for school districts to pay for memberships and allow their employees to enjoy the many benefits of SNA membership.

A SDM is a membership that is owned by a school district in the name of an individual and is transferable to another employee in the same membership category if the original assignee leaves the district. This is not one membership for an entire district, but separate memberships that are transferable. SDMs receive all the same benefits as an individual member at the same price as individual membership dues (Note: SDM is not available for the Student, Retired and Affiliate membership categories). SDM can be used for new and renewing memberships and SNA will work with districts to align existing expiration dates so that all SDMs expire at the same time. For more information click here.


Is your snack a Smart Snack?

Find out with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product Calculator! This calculator has been determined by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service to be accurate in assessing product compliance with the federal requirements for Smart Snacks in Schools. For more information on Smart Snacks click here.


logo_snaSNA Aligns Certificate Program with USDA Professional Standards

Earning your Certificate in School Nutrition shows your commitment to your profession and helps you stay current on the job. SNA’s Certificate Program is built on the four key areas fundamental to USDA Professional Standards:


  1. Nutrition
  2. Operations
  3. Administration
  4. Communications/Marketing

Effective July 1, 2015, SNA is aligning its Certificate in School Nutrition program more closely with USDA Professional Standards. This alignment will provide a consistent approach so you only have to meet one set of annual training requirements.

Initial Certificate Application Requirements

Current initial application requirements for the Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Certificate program remain the same with the exception of the addition of one 8 hour core course in food safety and sanitation as a requirement for each option of the Level 3 certificate.

Renewing Your Certificate

A new renewal process for Level 1 has been developed to align with professional standards continuing education requirements. Renewals will now be based upon membership type, as follows:

1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 hour of training for Professional Standards

Training must be in one of the four key areas and your specific training plan and topic areas should be determined by (or in conjunction with your) supervisor.

A new certificate guide is now available outlining these changes and how you can earn CEUs.

Audit Information

SNA will check proof of CEUs via a random audit. Only those chosen for the audit will be required to send in documentation of CEUs earned. If you are selected for an audit, notification to send CEU documentation to SNA will be included in your annual renewal notice.

For more information about the certificate program’s alignment to USDA Professional Standards please visit or email

The Team Nutrition E-Newsletter is published periodically to share Team Nutrition resources developed by USDA and/or by State agencies (with Team Nutrition grant funding), and to share ideas for promoting healthy eating and physical activity through Team Nutrition at the State and local levels.





Given the possibility of hazardous weather, this is a reminder that notification of a Director’s Group meeting cancellation will be broadcast on the locations below. A decision to cancel will be made by 6:00 AM on the day of the meeting, so notification would air prior to 6:30 AM. The meeting may be classified as either “Cancelled” or “Closed” and our group’s name will appear or be read as noted below.

WCCO Television (Channel 4) “School FS Directors of MN”
WCCO Radio (830 AM)