Welcome to the MSNA Minute!  We hope you enjoy this updated newsletter format to quickly get important info on upcoming events, Association resources and member news.


School Nutrition Association's “Wild About School Lunch” theme offers resources to promote programs during National School Lunch Week, October 11-14.  Given the truly wild times members are working through right now, it's also an opportunity to share the extent of efforts school nutrition programs and industry partners are undertaking to ensure students have access to healthy meals each day.

Hear Brenton Lexvold, RD, Director of Nutrition for Red Wing Public Schools, share with KARE 11 how his schools are working through these tough times: WATCH

SNIP Conference, October 25-27

Registration is open for the re-scheduled School Nutrition Industry Partner Conference at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd, MN.  New this year, join colleagues for a forum discussion on handling supply chain disruptions and staffing shortages.  Also, hear from THINK3D speakers at interactive sessions to address the critical impact that workplace culture has within organizations and school nutrition departments.


MSNA President Update

Carrie Frank has a busy agenda as MSNA President for SY 2021-2022!  Learn more about the Board's work on the Strategic Plan and how some board roles and responsibilities are being updated to better serve members.


Carrie also provides updates on the big announcement recently made by MSNA Executive Director Sharon Maus.

October: Farm to School month

Every day is a chance to celebrate the value of Farm to School programs and get students excited about eating local.  Consider participating in the Great Lakes Apple Crunch on 10/14 or anytime in October. Share pictures with MSNA HERE


Visit the Farm to School Network for a variety of resources to promote program efforts or be inspired by examples from across the country.


Free Training Resources

The Minnesota Department of Education holds weekly webinars each Tuesday at 2 p.m. Join school nutrition staff for a variety of topics including After School Meal Opportunities for Schools, Dynamic School Wellness Strategies and Verification 200 for School Nutrition Programs.


Each session lasts 30-60 minutes.


Annual Conference 2021 Recap

Save the date for Annual Conference: August 7-10, 2022, at River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.  Thank you to everyone who attended Annual Conference 2021 and all of the vendor partners in the food show.  It was great to see the more than 500 attendees in-person and network - 100+ members attended as first timers!  Enjoy a look back through the photo slideshow:


Minnesota School Nutrition Association

21997 County Rd 141

Kimball, MN 55353

Phone: 320-251-2344 | Toll Free: 877-251-2344


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