About MSNA

The Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA), founded in 1956 as a state-wide association with local chapters, is a non-profit association of members who work to ensure that all children have access to healthy meals and nutrition education in Minnesota. MSNA represents anyone who is involved or interested in school nutrition programs, although many more benefit from their efforts, including children, parents, school administrators and those school food service personnel who are not members. The association provides members the opportunity for professional development through education and training; provides members with important news and information; and provides members with the opportunity for networking and fellowship. In addition, the association members work hard to promote school food service to the various publics.

MSNA Mission Statement: MSNA is a state organization of school nutrition professionals committed to advancing school meal programs through education and advocacy.

MSNA Vision: Be the authority and resource for school nutrition programs.

MSNA Values

  • Collaboration, Relationship Building and Teamwork
  • Caring Commitment and Service
  • Lifelong Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Passion for Lifelong Learning and Professional Development
  • Integrity and Ethics

Core Purpose: Well-nourished students prepared for success

MSNA Focus Plan and Strategies 2021-2022

1. Career Development and Growth
School Nutrition professionals will continually improve their knowledge and skills to administer, manage deliver and sustain successful school meal programs.
2. Stakeholder Community
School nutrition programs will be strengthened through the engagement, leadership and collaboration with MSNA members, state affiliates, industry and allied partners and other stakeholders.
3.  Organization Sustainability 
Increase the recognition of school nutrition programs as integral to the education process. Board operations to reflect financial, moral, ethical, and professional impact.

MSNA Strategic Plan History