about sna

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 50,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Background

The SNA National Leadership Conference (NLC) purpose is to provide current and future state and national leaders the opportunity to learn critical information about successfully leading a nonprofit association, to network with other leaders from across the country, and to gain new skills to become a more effective and engaging leader.

Location/Dates

April 28-30, 2022

West Palm Beach, Florida

Audience 

On average, the conference attracts 250 attendees from across the United States which include State Presidents-elect, Vice Presidents, State Executives, Treasurers, Legislative Chairs, Future Leaders, SNA Board Members, SNA committee members, and more.

What is the Future Leaders Program?

The SNA Future Leaders Program provides an in-depth leadership experience for future leaders of the School Nutrition Association at SNA’s 2022 National Leadership Conference.

What are the benefits of participating?

Future Leaders are given the opportunity to network with other emerging leaders from across the country, hone their leadership and communication skills, and learn from seasoned SNA leaders and association executives in an interactive learning environment. The cohort will participate in a psychometric assessment to better understand themselves, understand others, and make the most of the relationships that affect them in the workplace.

Who can be nominated?

Each state affiliate may nominate one individual to this program. We encourage state affiliates to take a variety of attributes and the diversity of their membership into account when considering individuals who could be nominated. Nominations will be accepted on a first-come basis and will stay open until the program is full or until the cutoff date of February 4. Nominees MUST be current SNA members who hold, or aspire to, the SNA Certificate or SNS Credential. We will accept names for a waiting list in the event some states choose not to send someone.

Nominees should exhibit the following traits:

· Strong association leadership potential and support of state association/SNA initiatives

· Demonstrated interest in further developing association leadership abilities 

· Committed to lifelong learning

· Dedicated to a career in school nutrition

The program is designed for members with leadership potential who are thinking about pursuing leadership opportunities. Individuals who are currently serving on a state board or have formerly held a state board position will not be considered for the program. 

How can a Future Leader be nominated?

To nominate a Future Leader, state association leaders must submit:

· SNA Future Leaders Program Nomination Form (due to SNA by February 4, 2022)

· NLC Registration Form and Fee (due to SNA by the NLC 2022 Registration Deadline- preferably by the 2022 NLC Early Bird Registration Deadline)

How much will it cost?

The registration fee for the SNA Future Leaders Program is $500 and includes the cost of the DiSC assessment as well as the registration fee for both the Future Leaders Program and the National Leadership Conference. The registration fee, transportation, and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the state association.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 75 submissions have been received.

We are seeking judges to assist in reviewing and scoring the 2021 SNA Awards Program. The awards program highlights Employee of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Director of the Year applicants for their accomplishments in their profession. The deadline to apply to be a judge is January 21, 2022.

The judge's orientation will be held in February 2021, with the judging period held in March 2021 (approx. 2 weeks). This is a great opportunity for new and seasoned members to gain experience serving in an SNA National volunteer role.

Judges selected will be notified in late January confirming their selection as an awards judge.

SNA Delegate Assembly
Policy for Delegate Attendance: States are allowed one (1) delegate for each 600 members or major fraction thereof. Each state is allowed a minimum of two delegate. The number of delegates permitted for each state shall be established using the tally of members in that state as of May 31. Please provide summer addresses for all delegates.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Achieve your educational dreams with an education scholarship from the School Nutrition Foundation! Professional Development Scholarships provide SNA members with funding for tuition and books for the following school year.

The following scholarships are available. Individuals may be awarded more than one scholarship.

Schwan’s Food Service Scholarship:

Since 1983, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., has made an annual donation to offer multiple scholarships of up to $2,500 each.

Nancy Curry Scholarship:

The Nancy Curry Scholarship is funded by Handgards, Inc., and friends of Nancy. One scholarship of $500 is awarded each year.

The 2022 Equipment Grants Common Application opens on October 1, 2021. Eligible applicants have the opportunity to win the "collection" grant, worth up to $55,000 of equipment.  The 2021 Collection Grant is comprised of donations made by multiple equipment companies). Applications and videos must be submitted by a school nutrition director.

The Collection Grant is comprised of the following generous donors: 

Visit www.schoolnutritionfoundation.org/equipment-grants to see the list of available equipment. 

All contributing Foodservice Equipment Companies will work closely with the grant winner to determine its needs and help make final selections as well as arrange delivery of the equipment to the district.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be:
-Current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association, who have been members of SNA for at least one year (since at least January 1, 2021)


-Responsible for directing the school nutrition program of the school district

Applications must represent the entire school district’s equipment needs.

Applications will be reviewed for need, plan to integrate new equipment and impact of new equipment on school nutrition program.

What to know before you apply:

  • You may apply for a minimum of $1,500 and maximum of $5,000 in funding per school district.
  • Each school district may only submit one application.
  • The person completing the application must be one of the following:School Nutrition Manager
    School Nutrition Director
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The applicant and school nutrition manager will be notified of the decision.
  • If your application is approved, you will be notified when your check is sent.

Please email snf@schoolnutrition.org with questions or concerns.

REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility:

  • School must be participating in the NSLP or SSO/SFSP/SSP program
  • School must include at least one of the grades K-12.
  • You must supply your School District’s Federal Employer Identification Number.

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Thank you for filling out the grant application form. If you qualify for one of these grants, a SNF representative will reach out to you within two-five weeks of application submission.

The School Nutrition Foundation, Vulcan and Hobart (divisions of ITW Food Equipment Group) are committed to school foodservice. For the second year, the Hobart Equipment Grant program will award equipment to one (1) school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities through a competitive grant process.

Equipment received from this award will consist of groups of pieces of equipment from Hobart, which includes:
Counter Mixer
Floor Mixer
Automatic Slicer
Continuous Feed Food Processor
Combination Food Processor


A Hobart (ITW/FEG) representative will work closely with the grant winner to determine its needs and help make final selections as well as arrange delivery of the equipment to the district.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be:
-Current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association, who have been members of SNA for at least one year (since at least January 1, 2021)
-Responsible for directing the school nutrition program of the school district

Applications must represent the entire school district’s equipment needs.

Applications will be reviewed for need, plan to integrate new equipment and impact of new equipment on school nutrition program.

If you are a finalist, you will be asked to create a 2-3 minute video displaying your kitchen equipment.

The School Nutrition Foundation, Food Warming Equipment (FWE) are committed to school food service. For the first year, the FWE Equipment Grant program will award equipment to one (1) school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities through a competitive grant process.

Equipment received from this award will consist of groups of pieces of equipment from FWE, which includes:



A FWE representative will work closely with the grant winner to determine its needs and help make final selections as well as arrange delivery of the equipment to the district.

REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must be:
-Current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association, who have been members of SNA for at least one year (since at least January 1, 2021)
-Responsible for directing the school nutrition program of the school district

Applications must represent the entire school district’s equipment needs.

Applications will be reviewed for need, plan to integrate new equipment and impact of new equipment on school nutrition program.

If you are a finalist, you will be asked to create a 2-3 minute video displaying your kitchen equipment.

The School Nutrition Foundation, Vulcan and Hobart (divisions of ITW Food Equipment Group) are committed to school foodservice. For the third year, the Vulcan/Hobart Equipment Grant program will award equipment to one (1) school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities through a competitive grant process.

Equipment received from this award will consist of groups of pieces of equipment from Vulcan, which includes:
Convection Ovens
Cook and Hold Ovens
ABC Combi Ovens
Endurance Ranges
Boilerless Steamers
Holding Cabinets


A Vulcan (ITW/FEG) representative will work closely with the grant winner to determine its needs and help make final selections as well as arrange delivery of the equipment to the district.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be:
-Current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association, who have been members of SNA for at least one year (since at least January 1, 2021)
-Responsible for directing the school nutrition program of the school district

Applications must represent the entire school district’s equipment needs.

Applications will be reviewed for need, plan to integrate new equipment and impact of new equipment on school nutrition program.

If you are a finalist, you will be asked to create a 2-3 minute video displaying your kitchen equipment.

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and Winston Foodservice are committed to school foodservice. For over a decade, the Winston Foodservice Equipment Grant program will award equipment to one (1) school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities through a competitive grant process.

Equipment received from this award will consist of 10 pieces of equipment from Winston Foodservice, which includes:
holding cabinets
holding drawers
rethermalizers

Winston Foodservice will work closely with the grant winner to determine its needs and help make final selections as well as arrange delivery of the equipment to the district.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be:
-Current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association, who have been members of SNA for at least one year (since at least January 1, 2021)
-Responsible for directing the school nutrition program of the school district

Applications must represent the entire school district’s equipment needs.

Applications will be reviewed for need, plan to integrate new equipment and impact of new equipment on school nutrition program.

Scholarships are available to SNA members who are enrolled or will be enrolled in a degree program at a vocational/technical, undergraduate, graduate or post graduate level in the United States. The program of study should fall into one or more of the SNA Keys to Excellence subject areas: Operations; Nutrition, Administration; or Marketing and Communications.

This application form will automatically act as an application for each of the following scholarships:

*SNA Professional Development: The SNA Professional Development Scholarship is funded by the School Nutrition Association. Scholarships of up to $2,500 each are awarded.

*SNF Professional Growth: The SNF Professional Growth Scholarship is funded by SNA members through donations to SNF. Scholarships of up to $2,500 each are awarded.

*Schwan’s Food Service Scholarship: Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., makes an annual donation which provides funds to the SNF’s scholarship program. This scholarship enables SNF to “foster good nutrition in school lunch programs and to improve school foodservice management”. Scholarships of up to $2,500 each are awarded.

*Nancy Curry: Funded by Handgards, Inc., and friends of Nancy, this scholarship is for SNA members employed in school foodservice. One scholarship of $500 is awarded each year.

REQUIREMENTS

- The applicant must be an active member for a minimum of one year from January 1, 2020 with the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and have a history of employment in school foodservice. If you need to confirm SNA membership, please call 1-800-877-8822.

-Scholars who have received previous awards are eligible to reapply as long as the scholarship has not been awarded for four consecutive years.

- The applicant must demonstrate an interest in obtaining a degree in a foodservice-related field and a desire to make school foodservice a career.

- The applicant must be registered in a degree program as an undergraduate or graduate student, or be accepted, at a vocational/technical institution, community college, college or university in the United States that offers a degree program that falls under one or more areas of the SNA Keys to Excellence.

- A letter of acceptance must be provided with the application. If the applicant has been accepted to multiple institutions, send the letter from the institution that the applicant is most likely to attend.

- Applicant should have a satisfactory academic record and must submit a current transcript from the most recently attended academic institution indicating a cumulative grade point average. If a transcript is not available because the course has not yet begun or is still in session at application deadline, submit a letter of explanation.

- All portions of the application must be completed and submitted – see the Application Checklist for further information. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all portions of the application are received/submitted by the deadline.

- Essays MUST fall within the required number of word range. Essays not in the word range will NOT be considered.

- Application deadline is January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

- Scholarships will only cover tuition, fees, and books.
- Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by members of the School Nutrition Foundation Scholarship committee.

- Scholarship checks are distributed through the School Nutrition Foundation Funds and mailed directly to either the scholar or the scholar’s institution of higher learning.

The JTM Food Group Jack Maas, Jr. ANC Scholarships will provide members with the opportunity to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) 2022.

Recipients of the scholarships will each receive $1,000 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals. Each scholarship recipient must comply with his/her school district’s policy on out-of-district travel.

JTM will award four (4) scholarships for ANC 2022.

REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the scholarship, individuals must be:
• Current School Nutrition Employee, Manager or Director members
• Current SNA member and member of SNA for at least 2 years
• State Agency and Industry members are not eligible
• Only one scholarship per school district per conference


Thank you very much for applying to be the 2022 JTM Jack Maas, Jr. Scholarship! You will be notified via email, to the email address provided on your application, by mid-May 2022 of the Scholarship Committee's decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact scholarships@schoolnutrition.org.

SNA Conference Scholarships will provide members with the opportunity to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) 2022.

Recipients of the scholarships will each receive $1,500 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals. Each scholarship recipient must comply with his/her school district’s policy on out-of-district travel.

SNA will award ten (10) scholarships for ANC 2022. Five (5) of the scholarships will be for First Timers only.

REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the scholarship, individuals must be:
• Current School Nutrition Employee, Manager or Director members
• Current SNA member and member of SNA for at least 2 years
• State Agency and Industry members are not eligible
• Only one scholarship per school district per conference

SNA Conference Scholarships are awarded by the School Nutrition Foundation. These scholarships provide SNA members with the opportunity to attend SNA’s 2022 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC).

Recipients of the scholarships will each receive $1,000 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals. Each scholarship recipient must comply with his/her school district’s policy on out-of-district travel.

School Nutrition Foundation will award six (6) scholarships for 2022 SNIC. Three (3) of the scholarships will be for First Timers only.

REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the scholarship, individuals must be:
• Current School Nutrition Employee, Manager or Director members
• Current SNA member and member of SNA for at least 2 years (since 1/1/2020)
• State Agency and Industry members are not eligible
• Only one scholarship per school district per conference

The supervisor approval form must be included or the scholarship will not be considered*

SNA Conference Scholarships will provide members with the opportunity to attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2022.

Recipients of the scholarships will each receive $1,000 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals. Each scholarship recipient must comply with his/her school district’s policy on out-of-district travel.

SNA will award six (6) scholarships for LAC 2022. Three (3) of the scholarships will be for First Timers only.

REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the scholarship, individuals must be:
• Current School Nutrition Employee, Manager or Director members
• Current SNA member and member of SNA for at least 2 years (since 1/1/2020)
• State Agency and Industry members are not eligible
• Only one scholarship per school district per conference

The supervisor approval reference form must be included or the scholarship will not be considered*

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is offering scholarships for current SNA employee and manager category members who will be attending the SNA 2022 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Orlando, FL for the first time.

By attending ANC, SNA members can take advantage of the valuable educational and professional development opportunities to help advance their career and in turn help grow the school foodservice profession.

40 ANC First Timer Scholarships are available this year made possible by AccuTemp Products and Asian Food Solutions!

AccuTemp Products First-Timers Scholarships

For the fourth year in a row, AccuTemp Products is offering twenty (20) $500 scholarships that will pay for ANC registration of members who are attending ANC for the first time.

Asian Food Solutions First-Timers Scholarships

Asian Food Solutions also wants to offer SNA members the wonderful opportunity to attend a national conference.  It is also offering twenty (20) ANC First-Timer Scholarships for the first time this year.

School Nutrition Association / School Nutrition Foundation