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.

To help the judges evaluate candidates for this award, please respond to the questions in this application. All information provided must be accurate, and the industry member must be employed by a company engaged in providing services and/or sales to the school nutrition industry. The industry member must have been an active member of SNA at the national level and the state level for the past five (5) consecutive years and an active member of both organizations at the time of nomination and award. Only information regarding accomplishments as an industry member will be considered.

Are you a SNA State Association or State Agency interested in holding an in person or virtual training session(s) on SNF’s LEAD to succeed Communications Series? We are currently offering trainings in 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hours, and 4-hour increments. Titles and descriptions of each of our training sessions will be provided in the form. If you are looking to request training for multiple conferences or meetings please submit a separate request for each one.

If you are interested in holding trainings please provide the requested information so we can know how to best help you carry them out. Please submit training requests at least 8 weeks in advance to allow SNF enough time to match you with a trainer.

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 6. 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 6, 2022)
· NLC Registration Form and Fee (due to SNA by the NLC 2023 Registration Deadline- preferably by the 2023 NLC Early Bird Registration Deadline)
How much will it cost?
The early bird registration fee for the SNA Future Leaders Program is $575 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.

We are seeking judges to assist in reviewing and scoring the 2023 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 February 11, 2023.
The judge's orientation will be held in late February, with the judging period held in March 2023 (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 early February 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.

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.

*Nominations for the 2022-23 Director of the Year Award are due online by March 1, 2023.
*For California: the deadline is September 1, 2022.
*For Virginia: the deadline is January 25, 2023.

* Nominations for the 2022-23 Manager of the Year Award are due online by March 1, 2023.
*For California: the deadline is September 1, 2022.
*For Virginia: the deadline is January 25, 2023.

*Nominations for the 2021-22 Employee of the Year Award are due online by March 1, 2023.
*For California: the deadline is September 1, 2022.
*For Virginia: the deadline is January 25, 2023.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 30 submissions have been received.

The 2023 Equipment Grants Application opens on November 1, 2023. Eligible applicants have the opportunity to win the "collection" grant, worth up to $55,000 of equipment.  The 2023 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, 2022)

-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.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 30 submissions have been received.

The School Nutrition Foundation and ITW Food Equipment Group/Vulcan and Hobart Brands are committed to school foodservice. For the third year, the Hobart Brand Grant program will award equipment valued up to $35,000 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 the Hobart Brand, which includes:
Counter Mixer
Floor Mixer
Automatic Slicer
Continuous Feed Food Processor

A ITW/FEG Hobart Brand 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, 2022)
-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.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 30 submissions have been received.

The School Nutrition Foundation, Food Warming Equipment (FWE) are committed to school food service. 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:

Heated holding cabinets

Refrigerators, freezers 

Proofers, portable bars, serving wells


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, 2022)
-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.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 30 submissions have been received.

The School Nutrition Foundation and ITW Food Equipment Group/Vulcan and Hobart Brands are committed to school foodservice. For the third year, the Vulcan Brand Grant program will award equipment valued up to $50,000 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 the Vulcan Brand, which includes:
Gas or Electric Stack Convection Oven
Cook and Hold Oven
Gas of Electric Combi Oven on Stand
Endurance 6 Burner Range
Electric Connectionless Steamer with Stand                                                                                   Insulated Heated Holding Cabinet


A ITW/FEG Vulcan Brand 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, 2022)
-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.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 30 submissions have been received.

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, 2022)
-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.
*The Superhero Scholarship is funded by Bart Christian and will offer multiple scholarships to SNA members each year.
*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, 2022 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 March 31, 2023 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.

School Nutrition Association / School Nutrition Foundation