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.

Each year, state associations are required to submit their annual plans of action which outline the initiative(s) the state association will undertake related to the Areas of Focus of the SNA Strategic Plan

This form must be completed and submitted by January 1, 2023. This form informs SNA of the state's activities and is a required submission for the State President to be eligible for the President’s Award Service later this year. 

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 three (3) 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. Self-nominations are accepted. 


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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 2023-24 Director of the Year Award are due online by March 1, 2024.
*For California: the deadline is September 1, 2023.
*For Virginia: the deadline is January 25, 2024.

* Nominations for the 2023-24 Manager of the Year Award are due online by March 1, 2024.
*For California: the deadline is September 1, 2023.
*For Virginia: the deadline is January 25, 2024.

*Nominations for the 2023-24 Employee of the Year Award are due online by March 1, 2024.
*For California: the deadline is September 1, 2023.
*For Virginia: the deadline is January 25, 2024.

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

Eligible applicants have the opportunity to win the "collection" grant, worth up to $10,500 of equipment.  The 2024 Collection Grant is comprised of donations made by multiple equipment companies. The Collection Grant is comprised of the following generous donors:
 

Cambro Manufacturing

Sterno Delivery

Innoseal

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 (SNA).

  Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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 fourth 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. This could include mixers, slicers, food processors, vertical cutter mixers, food cutters, salad spinners, and potato peelers.​

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 (SNA).

Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible.
  • 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 (SNA).

Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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 fourth 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 or 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 (SNA).

Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated date will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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 (SNA).

 Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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 (SNF) and AmTab are committed to school foodservice. AmTab prides itself on fostering a positive impact on student's daily life by specializing in the development of K-12 dining commons and food courts, multipurpose rooms, and many more.  

The AmTab K-12 Food Court Furniture Grant awards the winning school district with multiple pieces of new cafeteria furniture. The winning school district will show that there is a plan for the placement of all food court furniture by identifying one school/facility to modernize with new cafeteria furniture. 

The recipient of the AmTab K-12 Food Court Furniture Grant will be awarded up to $200,000 worth of new cafeteria furniture. Once awarded, the recipient will work with an AmTab representative to determine what best suits their school district’s needs.

  REQUIREMENTS
  Applicants must be current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

 Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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 (SNF) and AmTab are committed to school foodservice. AmTab prides itself on fostering a positive impact on student's daily life by specializing in the development of K-12 dining commons and food courts, multipurpose rooms, and many more.  

The AmTab K-12 Outdoor Furniture Grant awards the winning school district with multiple pieces of new outdoor furniture. The winning school district will show that there is a plan for the placement of all outdoor furniture by identifying one school/facility to modernize with new outdoor furniture. 

The recipient of the AmTab K-12 Outdoor Furniture Grant will be awarded up to $50,000 worth of new outdoor furniture. Once awarded, the recipient will work with an AmTab representative to determine what best suits their school district’s needs.


  REQUIREMENTS
  Applicants must be current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

 Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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 (SNF) and AmTab are committed to school foodservice. AmTab prides itself on fostering a positive impact on student's daily life by specializing in the development of K-12 dining commons and food courts, multipurpose rooms, and many more.  

The AmTab K-12 Signage, Graphics, Décor Grant awards the winning school district with new cafeteria signage, graphics, and décor. The winning school district will identify one school/facility to modernize with new cafeteria signage, graphics, and décor. 

The recipient of the AmTab K-12 Signage, Graphics, Décor Grant will be awarded up to $100,000 worth of new cafeteria signage, graphics, and décor. Once awarded, the recipient will work with an AmTab representative to determine what best suits their school district’s needs.


  REQUIREMENTS
  Applicants must be current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

 Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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 (SNF) and Low Temp Industries (LTI, Inc.) are committed to school foodservice. LTI, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of foodservice equipment, counters, technologies, and décor. 

The LTI Equipment Award Grant awards the winning school district with a Grab ‘n Go Cart of their choosing from the eight (8) standard LTI models-up to $10,000 in value and an interior décor package valued at up to $20,000. 

LTI will design, while collaborating with the school district, supply and install this interiors package. Once awarded, the recipient will work with an LTI representative to determine what best suits their school district’s needs.


  REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be current director-level members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA).

Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023

  • Members that joined after the stated date will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible. 
  • 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:

*Super Bakery MVP Award will honor two recipients with a $5,000 professional development scholarship each. 

*SNA Professional Development: The SNA Professional Development Scholarship is funded by the School Nutrition Association. 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 as of January 1, 2023 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 29, 2024 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.

SNF Conference Scholarships will provide members with the opportunity to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) 2024. SNF will award a total of twenty-five (25) ANC scholarships. 

School Nutrition Association will sponsor ten (10) scholarships for ANC 2024. Five (5) of the scholarships will be awarded to first time attendees. Recipients of the SNA sponsored ANC scholarships will each receive $1,400 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals. Each scholarship recipient must comply with his/her school district’s policy on out-of-district travel.    

Super Bakery’s 22 Seconds Society in Memory of Franco Harris will sponsor eleven (11) scholarships for ANC 2024. Five (5) of the scholarships will be awarded to first time attendees. Recipients of the Super Bakery sponsored ANC 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. 

J.T.M Food Group, "Jack Maas, Jr." will sponsor four (4) scholarships for ANC 2024. Two (2) of the scholarships will be awarded to first time attendees. Recipients of the J.T.M. Food Group sponsored ANC 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.  

REQUIREMENTS: To apply for the scholarship, individuals must be: 

  • Current School Nutrition Employee, Manager or Director level SNA members
  • Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023
  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible.
  • 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 deadline for application submission is April 12, 2024. You will be notified via email, to the email address provided on your application, by mid-May 2024 following the Scholarship Committee's decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact snf@schoolnutrition.org.

SNF Conference Scholarships will provide members with the opportunity to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) 2024. SNF will award a total of twenty-five (25) ANC scholarships. 

School Nutrition Association will sponsor ten (10) scholarships for ANC 2024. Five (5) of the scholarships will be awarded to first time attendees. Recipients of the SNA sponsored ANC scholarships will each receive $1,400 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals. Each scholarship recipient must comply with his/her school district’s policy on out-of-district travel.    

Super Bakery’s 22 Seconds Society in Memory of Franco Harris will sponsor eleven (11) scholarships for ANC 2024. Five (5) of the scholarships will be awarded to first time attendees. Recipients of the Super Bakery sponsored ANC 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. 

J.T.M Food Group, "Jack Maas, Jr." will sponsor four (4) scholarships for ANC 2024. Two (2) of the scholarships will be awarded to first time attendees. Recipients of the J.T.M. Food Group sponsored ANC 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.  

REQUIREMENTS: To apply for the scholarship, individuals must be: 

  • Current School Nutrition Employee, Manager or Director level SNA members
  • Eligible applicants must be a member of SNA as of January 1, 2023
  • Members that joined after the stated deadline will NOT be eligible.  
  • Members that joined before the stated date ARE eligible.
  • 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 deadline for application submission is April 12, 2024. You will be notified via email, to the email address provided on your application, by mid-May 2024 following the Scholarship Committee's decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact snf@schoolnutrition.org.

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is offering scholarships for current SNA employee and manager category members who will be attending their first ANC in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 nutrition profession.


AccuTemp Products First-Timers Scholarships
For the sixth 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. Scholarships will be automatically awarded to the first 20 eligible applicants who apply. The deadline for application submission is April 12, 2024.

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