Learning How To Cook (photo by Woodley Wonderworks)

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The School Nutrition Association offers a rich array of continuing education programs for SNA members and the entire school nutrition community. Whether you’re just beginning your career in school nutrition or seeking to deepen your understanding of the intricacies of school feeding programs, SNA has the resources you need to get started.

  • SNA Webinars – Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
  • SNF Education Programs and Courses
  • School Nutrition University (SNU)
  • SNF’s Wednesday Webinar Series
  • SNF’s Peer2Peer Connect

School Wellness Conference

A school wellness conference has been planned for April 13th in Kearney showcasing both Smarter Lunchrooms concepts and Farm to School.  Registration Deadline is April 7


Professional Development

Child Nutrition Training Academy

Manager Academy        June 5 -9 , 2017

  • Meets Professional Education Standards for School Foodservice Manager/Director & Level II SNA Certification (earn 70 hours over 2 years)
  • For staff Responsible for day to day management of school meal program such as potential managers, supervisors, head cooks, production and service staff
  • Topics in nutrition, management, communications, operations
  • Managers nutrtion training academy  sign up sheet
  • Early Bird, April 1 $160.00
  • April 17 deadline $175.00
  • May 1 deadline $225.00

Continuing Education Academy  June 7 -8, 2017

Procurement for the 21st Century

  • Understand federal requirements for purchases
  • Learn when to use Micro, Informal and Formal purchase methods
  • How to write specifications, requests for bids and/or proposals
  • Earn 16.5 hours.
  • Procurement for the 21st Century  sign up sheet
  • Deadline March 24  $75.00
  • Late registration deadline April 17  $125.00


Never Miss Another Webinar

Did you know that SNA Members have access to a library of webinars with over 35 hours of training in all Key Areas? Did you know that every live Webinar Wednesday is recorded and can be accessed by SNA Members at any time?

We appreciate that your time is valuable and that sometimes SNA’s webinar schedule does not fit yours. That’s why Webinars On-Demand are an important SNA resource! With over 35 webinars in all Key Areas, Webinars On-Demand provides the training/CEUs that you need, when you need them.

(SNA Member Login Required)

Local School Wellness Webinar Series

Nebraska Team Nutrition is pleased to offer a free Local School Wellness Webinar Series for all the schools. These webinars will highlight the main elements of the USDA final rules regarding Local School Wellness Policy and resources related to school wellness policy, systems and environment.

The series features a weekly, 30-minute webinar and an opportunity to participate in a live question and answer session. The live webinars will be held every Wednesday at 2:00 pm (CST) starting on September 14, 2016.  The webinars will be recorded for those that are unable to attend the “live” session or want to review it at a later time.

No need for registration! Just click on the link below to connect to the event.

For more information, please contact Zainab Rida at

Dates and Topics:

September 14, 2016    Overview of the USDA local wellness policy rules/Administrative Review

September 21, 2016    Public Involvement- Final rule and resources

September 28, 2016 Nutrition Guidelines- All foods available on school campus

October 5, 2016          Nutrition Education- Set goals and share curriculum

October 12, 2016        Nutrition Promotion- Ways and resources to promote healthy messages

October 19, 2016        Physical Activity- Set goals for PA and PE

October 26, 2016        Public Notification- Tips and examples

November 2, 2016      Monitoring & Evaluation- Tools and resources

Professional Development

New Guidance Material

Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the release of the Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs. Intended to help State agencies, school food authorities, and school nutrition professionals understand and apply the March 2015 professional standards, this Guide contains information for meeting both the training and hiring standards of the final rule.

The Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs is one of several resources that FNS has developed in support of the July 2015 implementation of the professional standards final rule. Together with the final rule summary flyer, promotional brochure, and training tracker tool, this Guide can assist stakeholders of school nutrition programs understand and support the important work accomplished every school day in providing safe and healthy meals to students.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The Farm to School Team has created a Farm to School Toolkit webinar series.  The webinars guide participants through the planning process for a farm to school program. The webinars offer questions to consider and helpful resources to reference when starting or growing a farm to school program and useful for schools, school districts, and community partners.  The  first of eleven webinars, Intro to Farm to School: Planning and Building a Team is on January 14th at 12:00 pm CST and will feature guest speaker Steve Merinelli, the Food Service Director from Milton Town, Vermont.  In consideration of everyone’s time, this year’s webinar series will only feature one speaker and will last approximately 30 minutes.   USDA has applied for SNA CEU’s again this year, but at this time have not been able to have webinars approved – yet.  The webinars can be used for Professional Standards though!


School Garden Grant Opportunity

The application for Hy-Vee’s 2016 One Step Garden Grant is now live on the Hy-Vee One Step website.  Grants will be in the amount of $1,000 with a deadline of February 1st, 2016. Please feel free to pass this on:




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