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December 2022

  • Nominate a colleague for an SNA Award! Learn more here.
  • Farm-to-School Grants Available: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the FY2023 Farm to School Grant Program. Apply for a grant here.
  • Minn. could revisit push for universal school meals: Public News Service recently published an article on a reconsidered proposal to adopt universal school meals in Minnesota thanks to the state's large budget surplus.
  • Interested in attending MSNA or National Conferences? Two MSNA members, Lori Landowski and Vickie Speltz, share their experience attending conferences and discuss how important it is to always keep learning. Watch the video here!

September 2022

  • National School Lunch Week will be celebrated October 10-14, 2022. Learn more & download artwork here.

August 2022

  • Governor Walz announced that Minnesota will expand the availability of free meals to 90,000 new students this school year. Minnesota was one of eight states selected to be part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program. Read more here.
  • Read the MSNA Annual Conference Press Release and check out the Proclamation!

July 2022

  • SNA Releases 2022 Supply Chain Report: Staying Afloat in a Perfect Storm unpacks the prolonged problems facing school nutrition and industry professionals, as well as highlights courses of action that districts nationwide have introduced to confront this crisis.  
  • Child Nutrition Program operators across the nation continue their exceptional efforts to maintain program access in the face of numerous challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the widespread nature of these challenges and their impacts, on June 25, 2022, President Biden signed the Keeping Kids Fed Act.
  • Planning Ahead Is Critical to Feeding Kids in SY2022-23: At the request of SNA leadership, the Association’s Industry Advisory Council members were asked to compile top tips for school nutrition operators and other school purchasing officials that will help them address and mitigate challenges. Check out their tips here.

June 2022

  • USDA allocates $943M to help schools buy local foods: To help address high food costs and supply chain issues facing school nutrition programs, the USDA is giving schools $943 million -- in addition to assistance recently approved through the Keep Kids Fed Act -- to purchase domestically grown foods. Each state will distribute the money, which will come through the USDA's Commodity Credit Corp.

May 2022

  • Introduction to School Nutrition Leadership: The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) will be offering a blend of live virtual instructor-led training and online courses that provide an overview of the management components of school nutrition programs. Sessions will be offered July – December 2022 and are intended for school nutrition program staff with fewer than five years’ experience as a director or those who may aspire to be a director. Read session descriptions and register for Introduction to School Nutrition Leadership.

March 2022

  • Meet Your 2022 State and Regional Award Winners
  • Ten Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 staff members and an entire department are being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the One91 community with 2022 Community of Excellence (COE) Awards. Watch the video on these awards here

February 2022

January 2022

  • 1/25/22: Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan released their "Supporting Children and Families" plan, which includes funds to support universal meals in MN - a priority in MSNA's 2022 Issue Paper of legislative positions. Please see details below and response statement from MSNA president Carrie Frank:

"As the professionals working to ensure students get the nutrition they need to succeed each school day, our MSNA members have seen firsthand the benefits of providing free meals to all students under current federal waivers, which are set to expire at the end of the school year.  We know our communities benefit from healthy school meals and welcome the opportunity to continue to provide free meals to all MN students through the proposal outlined yesterday by Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. MSNA looks forward to sharing more details as they are provided."