Events – 2018 Conferences

2018 62nd Annual Conference /

July 29th – August 1st, 2018
Mayo Civic Center, Rochester
30 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904

2018 Annual Conference – Register Online Now >>

2018 MSNA Annual Conference Registration Booklet (pdf)

Schedule at a Glance
**Times are subject to change


Sunday, July 29th
**The State is coming! Surviving and Thriving During an Administrative Review workshop session is 1:00pm-3:00pm and no pre-registration is required to attend
**Local Bites: Making Farm to Cafeteria Work for You workshop session is 11:00am-3:00pm and no pre-registration is required to attend.


You can order a conference t-shirt or an array of MSNA logo merchandise! Click on the link for the online catalog and how to order your merchandise!

2018 Conference T-shirts and MSNA Logo Apparel


2018 Annual Conference – Rochester Hotel Room Block

Centerstone Plaza Hotel
401 6th St SW Rochester MN 55902
Room Rate $109.00 + tax
Complimentary Courtesy Shuttle to Mayo Civic Center
Free Parking

Double Tree
150 South Broadway Rochester, MN 55904
Room Rate $139.00 + tax
Self-Parking rate is $8.00 per day
Deadline is July 7th, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn
225 South Broadway Rochester, MN 55904
Room Rate $119.00 + tax
Self-Parking is $8.00 per day
Deadline is July 7th, 2018

Holiday Inn Downtown
220 South Broadway Rochester, MN 55904
Room Rate -$119.00 + tax
Complimentary Parking

The Kahler Grand Hotel
20 2nd Ave Rochester, MN 55902
Room Rate-$129.00 + tax
Parking is $8.00 per day
Deadline is June 28th, 2018


2018 MSNA Event Policy Waiver


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Katie Wilson
Monday, July 30

Dr. Wilson, former USDA Under Secretary, former Executive Director for the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), former SNA President, 2008-2009 and spent 23 years as a school foodservice director in Onalaska Wisconsin.


Kelly Swanson
Wednesday, August 1

Kelly Swanson is a funny and motivational speaker and she will share what she has learned about connecting through the use of one tool-strategic story telling.

Here is a video from Kelly!

SNS Exam will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018

Registration is now open for the SNS Exam and will close on July 08, 2018.  You will need to register for the SNS Exam directly through SNA by downloading the SNS Credentialing Exam Handbook which also has the SNS Registration form and SNS documents needed to send in.
Mayo Civic Center
Rochester MN 55904

Preparing for the SNS Exam

  • Download the  SNS Credentialing Exam Handbook to view the requirements, fees and application form.
  • Purchase the SNS Study Guide & School Food and Nutrition Service Management Book (optional)
  • Use the Resource List to prepare for the exam.
  • On Exam Day
    Arrive at the exam site no less than 30 minutes prior to the exam start time.
    In order to be admitted into the exam, bring the following:
  •  Exam Admission Letter.
  •  Current photo ID (i.e., driver’s license or passport).
  •  Handheld/pocket calculator. Cell phone may not be used as calculator.
  •  Two sharpened # 2 pencils with erasers (no mechanical pencils).
    Adhere to the following:
  •  Books, study materials, scratch paper, translation aids are not permitted in the exam room.
  •  Electronic devices and cell phones must be turned off.

Sign up to volunteer at the conference. This is your chance to help and host during the conference. If you have any questions, please contact the MSNA office. Click here to sign up!


MSNA Service Project

Empowerment Center/Gage East Apartments
The Empowerment Center is a collaborative project where multiple agencies with shared goals and values will co-locate to provide programming for low income and homeless families. The  Gage East Apartments provide permanent supportive housing for 30 homeless families and 25 youths ages ranging from 16-21.

We are asking our members to help support this effort by donating items to help families receive the services they need to work and live in our communities.  Our goal is to grow healthy children into healthy adults.  We are asking you to bring your donated items to the annual conference.  Click here to see the full list of items needed. All items must be new.


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