MSNA Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) is accepting proposals for educational sessions at the 2015 annual conference, August 2-5, 2015 at the St. Cloud Convention Center.

Session Information

MSNA is seeking proposals that address one of the School Nutrition Association’s four Key Areas of Excellence in School Nutrition Programs, including Operations, Nutrition, Administration and Communications and Marketing. For detailed descriptions of topics included in each key area, visit this webpage on the School Nutrition Association website for more information.   PDF listing of  key areas topics.

In order to ensure that attendees’ educational needs are met, an educational session committee will review each proposal to determine if the content aligns with member educational needs. Education sessions may be planned for 1 or 2 hour timeslots on a specific topic and will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the conference. Speakers are highly encouraged to repeat the educational session if enough timeslots are available.

MSNA adopts the national School Nutrition Association policy on marketing of industry products or services:

“Commercials/proprietary information for particular products, services, vendors, promotion of an exhibit booth, and food samples/food tastings ARE NOT PERMITTED in the Call for Proposal, the PowerPoint presentation and during the pre-conference and education sessions. For PowerPoint presentations, company logos are only allowed on the opening and final slides. Any use of proprietary information should have an educational value and be provided free of charge.”

Submission of Proposals

Proposals must be submitted by email to with the subject heading 2015 CONFERENCE PROPOSAL by January 15, 2015 to be considered. Please submit proposals in the following format:

Presentation Name:

Presenter(s) Name:



Time Period:

Target Audience:

Able to repeat session: Yes or No

All presenters invited to speak must complete, sign and return to MSNA the documents provided after final speakers are determined. Thank you for your consideration!



February 18, 2015
MSNA Legislative Conference
Retirement Systems of MN Building

60 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55130

Registration is now open

2015 Legislative Conference Registration Packet

Do you know who represents you?  Here is how to find your legislators!

Go to and enter in your home and/or school address.  The results will show both your state and national legislators.  For the purpose of the MNSA Legislative Conference, you will be looking to schedule your appointments with those that have “MN House” or “MN Senate” behind their names as these are the legislators that work on state issues.


Hotel Accommodations:
Best Western Kelly Inn
161 St. Anthony Ave
St. Paul, MN 55103
$136.33 (includes taxes) Free parking
**Mention “Public Policy” to receive special rate

Parking at the Retirement Systems of MN Building

Parking is free in the building’s attached contract parking ramp; the arm will be raised for access. Park on the upper level (3rd level) only.  This level will have the only door open in which you can access the building from the parking ramp.
Even though there may be open spaces in the parking lot in front of the building, attendees must still park in the ramp.  Your cooperation is much appreciated!
Driving Map_Directions


Upcoming MSNA Conferences

MSNA Industry Conference
May 7-8, 2015
“Together Towards Tomorrow”

Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point MN

 Online Hotel Reservations:

Select Lodging tab, then online reservations. Enter group #112775

Room Options are:
Breezy Inn, Breezy Center, Dakota House, Fawcett House, Governor’s House
Lakeside Loft, Park Place, Spruce Place. See website for more details on rooms. 



August 2-5, 2015
MSNA Annual Conference
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN



February 3, 2015
SNDM Commodity Expo
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud MN
For more information  on an exhibitor booth contact Barb Schank at


2014 Annual State Conference
“Step Out  Of Your Box” 


To download hand outs from the 2014 Annual conference workshop sessions click here.