Events – 2020 Conferences


2020 SNIP Conference


In light of current COVID-19 concerns, MSNA is following state and national recommendations to encourage social distancing to help stop the spread of disease. While that means the School Nutrition Industry Partner (SNIP) Conference will be rescheduled for October 28-30, everything else will remain the same! If you have already registered and can no longer attend the new October dates, both MSNA and Madden’s Resort will be refunding members. If you can still attend, Madden’s Resort can transfer the reservations to October-please give them a call. We believe this is the best way to still provide this fantastic networking and relationship-based conference, with the health and safety of our members in mind. We look forward to seeing you there!

**NOTE: If you are not planning on attending in October and you have made your hotel reservations-please call Madden’s before April 7th to cancel so you do not incur a cancellation fee.**

Thank you for your patience as we all navigate this new normal.


October 28-30, 2020
Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach Penisula
Brainerd, MN 56401

2020 SNIP Registration Form

Hotel Reservations

Registration Deadline:  September 13, 2020
Payment Information:  Full payment is required at the time of reservation request. Please be sure to include the names of all guests staying in the room on the reservation.

Cancellation Policy: You are responsible for your entire stay; early departures or reservation reductions are not refundable. Payments are refundable minus a $25.00 cancellation fee if you cancel by September 13, 2020. Any cancellation made after September 13, 2020 will not receive a refund (replacements are gladly accepted). Reservations made after the deadline are non-refundable.


Get ready to Think3D and Nourish & Flourish at the SNIP Conference! Mark your calendars to join us for another great Industry conference!

Our speakers, Tamien & Vaney from THINK3D will help us look at developing our culture, relationships and help us develop a skill set that we can use in our kitchens and jobs so we can invest in feeding people and be our best person! Culture change, adapting to change and learning how to work together as a team!   If it’s not one that you invest in, it will certainly be one that you pay for. In today’s ever competitive job-market, culture is the new currency.  Click here for a registration form!


We are asking our SNIP Attendees to donate food items and personal hygiene items for the North Central Lakes College Food Pantry, a partner of Second Harvest Heartland North Central Food Bank. This local Brainerd college serves 5500 students and many students experienced food insecurity in the last year. Click here for a  full list of supplies.  Bring your items to the registration area.



64th Annual State Conference
August 2-5, 2020
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN 56301



MSNA HOTEL Block will not open until June 1st.

A full listing of hotels will be available soon.


SNS Exam

Date: Sunday August 2, 2020
Location: Board Room C, Rivers Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud MN
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Registration Deadline: July 12, 2020


MSNA will be hosting the SNS Exam on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
Note that all registration forms and fees are to be sent in directly to SNA. See “How to Apply”
**SNS Exam Recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)**

Candidates interested in taking the SNS Credentialing Exam must meet the academic and work experience criteria for one of the following options listed in order to be eligible to sit the exam.
The SNS exam application fee is:
• $ 225.00 for SNA Members
• $ 325.00 for Non-Members
Note: There is a $40.00 late fee for applications submitted or postmarked after the registration deadline.

As you begin to prepare for the SNS Credentialing Exam, there are some tried-and-true techniques that can help you make sure you’re not overlooking anything as you prepare. So many school nutrition professionals prepare for the SNS by just reading and then they’re disappointed if they don’t pass the exam. The reality is, knowing the source information is only a small part of the preparation most people need to go through in order to take the exam. That is why SNA has developed some new resources to help you on your journey to become SNS Credentialed.

How to Apply


Monday, August 3rd
Opening General Speaker-

Holly Hoffman

Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua”. Through that experience, and others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of survival.

A professional motivational speaker and the author of Your Winner Within and Write Yourself a Note, Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges, and we are oftentimes faced with situations that seem insurmountable. But within each of us is an ability to focus our thoughts, emotions, and energy to succeed—if only we have the knowledge, tools, and discipline to do so.

A native of South Dakota, Holly’s writing and speaking not only offer encouragement and optimism but a roadmap for self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Readers and audience members alike walk away inspired to light the fire of successful living within themselves.


Wednesday, August 5th
Closing General Speaker-

Chris Heeter

Chris Heeter was selected as a Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet, and was the highest rated speaker of Meeting Professional International’s 2014 World Education Congress. She is out to create a Wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1984 and professional speaker since 2001, Chris has led and worked with a diverse array of teams, both canine and human!

Featured on The Discovery Channel’s “National Geographic Today,” she brings decades of leadership experience indoors, to conferences and offices, working with teams and leaders, helping us recognize that leadership and teamwork doesn’t have to be so complicated. With remarkable parallels to the work world, Chris shares hilarious stories from her sled dog team with their quirky personalities and from guiding whitewater trips, where successfully navigating obstacles (mostly) is part of the journey.

Chris challenges and inspires organizations and individuals toward Wild leadership, compassionate presence, and daring authenticity.


2019 63rd Annual State Conference Workshop Presentations
August 5-7, 2019, Rivers Edge Convention Center



2018 MSNA Event Policy Waiver


More Upcoming Events

Other Upcoming Events


MSNA SNIP Conference
October 28-30, 2020
Madden’s Resort, Brainerd MN

SNA Annual Conference
July 12-14, 2020
Nashville TN

2020 Annual Conference
August 2-5, 2020
Food Show August 4, 2020
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud MN


Please click on this Survey Monkey Link to update your email address you prefer to receive MSNA information!