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.

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.

The President’s Award of Excellence recognizes three state presidents each year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership by successfully implementing strategies that advance school nutrition programs in their states and who made the extra effort in achieving excellence in each of SNA’s four Areas of Focus.

In order to provide equal opportunity for states of different sizes, the President’s Award of Excellence is awarded to one state president in each of the three-member divisions:

  • Small Affiliates (1-525 Member Division)
  • Medium Affiliates (526-975 Member Division)
  • Large Affiliates (976+ Member Division)

The applications (Year-End Reports) will be judged by a group of volunteers using the following criteria:

I. Voice of School Nutrition (20% of score)

  • Demonstrate successful initiatives implemented during the year that resulted in enhancing the voice of school nutrition. 

II. Career Development and Growth (20% of score)

  • Demonstrate successful initiatives implemented during the year that resulted in career development and growth for members. 

III. Stakeholder Community (20% of score)

  • Demonstrate successful initiatives implemented during the year that resulted in engaging the stakeholder community. 

IV. Thriving Organization  (20% of score)

  • Demonstrate successful initiatives implemented during the year that resulted in building a thriving organization. 

V. Membership & Professional Development Goals  (20% of score)

  • Meet or exceed a 2% increase in membership.
  • Achieve a retention rate based on the average retention rate of SNA. 
  • Meet or exceed a 2% in SNA Certificate program participation.
  • Increase in SNS Credentialing. 

Numerical goals (for certificate, credentialing, and membership) will be determined by SNA Headquarters at the beginning of each membership year. 

The President’s Award of Excellence will be given to the state which best meets the above criteria from each membership division.

SNS Credential - Required (This position has in-depth knowledge of the exam and item bank contents so cannot sit for the SNS exam after working as an item writer or on the Exam Working Group).

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.

School Nutrition Association / School Nutrition Foundation