On September 30th, the U.S. Senate passed H.R.8337, Continuing Appropriations Act 2021, a short-term funding bill that provides $1.4 trillion in continuing FY2021 appropriations for Federal agencies through December 11, 2020. This bill also extends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's authority to issue and extend nationwide child nutrition waivers until September 20, 2021. USDA's authority was first granted back in March under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. President Trump has signed the bill into law.
When schools abruptly closed and talk of alternative meal service started last spring, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of it. Working at a Title 1 Elementary school, in the heart of a community of families that are at a higher risk for severe negative impacts from this pandemic, I wanted to do all I could to give a little familiarity to the students and families I serve. Our district had several sites throughout the city for families to pick up weekly children grab and go meals throughout the summer, in which nearly 750,000 meals were distributed. Nutrition Services staff who choose to work were supported with district provided staff from purchasing, transportation, custodial services and delivery/warehouse. At my school we also had help from our Family Care Coordinator and Assistant Principal, it really was our community coming together to serve the community. For a majority of students and staff it was our main source of outside the home socialization, we were greeted with just as much excitement and enthusiasm as given. It gave us the opportunity to get a little glimpse of how our students were doing and allowed us to show students and families that no matter what we are there for them. We got to know a few family pets, some new to the city families, grandparents gathering meals to help out their families and neighbors, it also allowed us to reconnect with neighborhood students who have moved on to middle and high school. We were one of the first in the district to learn how to manage working in masks, with quite a few families and students quickly following suit. We experienced all types of weather from near freezing temps after spring break, to rain and wind, luckily we only had a few of those hot and humid Nebraska summer days. This is a stressful and uncertain time for all, but all that who pitched in agreed that the grab and go distribution was as beneficial to us as the families we served.
For those that have not heard....First Taste TV is coming and our very own Sharon Schaefer is making an appearance!!! Please see the attachment and go register at www.FirstTasteTV.com for a fantastic opportunity!!!
All USDA nationwide waivers established in response to COVID-19 are in effect until the date listed or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier. Please contact the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Nutrition Services at 800-731-2233 or 402-471-2488 with concerns or questions.
We can no longer meet in person but we can use technology to meet over computers, devices and phones. Sharon Schaefer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: NSNA District 2 Spring Meeting Time: Mar 28, 2020 09:00 AM Meeting ID: 433 255 121 Join Zoom Meeting on a computer/device and see each other https://zoom.us/j/433255121 -OR- Call in for voice only +1 312 626 6799
NSBW Planning is Ready for Takeoff! Mark your calendar for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)—March 2-6, 2020 and start getting students and stakeholders excited for a celebration of cosmic proportions with the #NSBW2020 theme, “School Breakfast: Out of This World.” Start planning your NSBW celebration today by downloading the NSBW 2020 Toolkit to help you get started on your promotion ideas. Get your breakfast program ready for takeoff by visiting the SNA Emporium and shop for the #NSBW2020 themed resources available to ensure you show how your breakfast program is blasting off into new territory. Happy planning–planet #NSBW2020 is waiting for your arrival!
Looking for a New Year’s Resolution you can keep? How about recognizing a deserving colleague? If you know a stellar kitchen manager, outstanding cook or inspiring school nutrition director, nominate them for a national SNA Member Award and show them how much you appreciate their hard work! Nominations for the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year awards are now being accepted online by SNA through March 1, 2020. All state, regional and national winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s 2020 Annual National Conference in Nashville, TN! For more information, including how to nominate and qualifications, please visit the SNA Member Awards webpage.
It’s a new year and we have a new challenge for you. SNA is excited to announce the official launch of the all-new +1 Membership Challenge! We invite you to participate in this new recruitment campaign, as it’s a wonderful opportunity to rally members and boost membership levels within your state and nationally.
Save the Date for the 4th Annual Virtual Expo—Registration Opens January 6, 2020 Experience the future of sourcing new products—registration for SNA’s FREE Virtual Expo opens January 6. The Expo runs from February 4-March 4 and features two virtual exhibit halls—Food and Beverage and Equipment/Technology, a Learning Center with 15 new pre-recorded education sessions from #ANC19 to earn CEUs, a networking lounge, and a chance to win prizes by signing up for the Leaderboard. Network and make connections with exhibitors and peers across the country and discover new products and services for your program—no travel required! Learn more.
Interested in serving on a School Nutrition Association (SNA) Committee or Council? Serving on a SNA committee/council offers exciting opportunities to grow professionally, develop new skills, work on issues from a national perspective and make a contribution to the school nutrition profession.
SNA has five committees to which members are appointed to serve by the Board of Directors: Membership, Nutrition & Research, Professional Development, Public Policy & Legislation and Resolutions & Bylaws.
SNA needs members who want to play an active role in assisting SNA in accomplishing its Strategic Plan goals. There are 29 open committee positions for 2020-21. Each committee is charged by the Board of Directors to complete work based on the Association’s Strategic Plan.
Please return the Committee/Council Interest Form by January 31, 2020.
You may have already received an email announcing the opportunity for you to share your thoughts on legislative/advocacy priorities for 2020. Below is the link that is currently on our website for people to utilize to share their challenges and priorities for 2020.
As you may recall, over the last several years, we have sent out a survey monkey to our operators, industry and state agency on this effort, but this year given that there were other surveys that have gone out, we wanted to avoid any survey fatigue. So, we have opted to post something on the website so people can participate.
Please share this link with your regions/states, etc. encouraging them to complete. It only takes seconds. We will use this info to inform the drafting of our Paper on December 9.
For the 2019-2020-year, SNA’s Board of Directors has approved small increases to the membership processing fee and the Certificate program fees. As of October 1, the membership processing fee will be increased to $2.50, reflecting the ongoing costs of doing business.
Have you started sharing what’s on your #SchoolLunchPlaylist with your students, staff, parents, school administration and other community stakeholders? #NSLW19 starts October 14 and will be here before you know it! While you fine tune your playlist of all things school lunch, SNA is here to help with marketing materials and PR resources to get the crowds jumping as you gear up for #NSLW19.
And a new marketing tool has been added! SNA’s pre-designed Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations are ready for you to promote the NSLW 2019 theme to staff and key stakeholders! Remember to check out the latest Emporium Catalog or shop online for hot new NSLW merchandise that you and your staff can sport (bulk discounts available), along with fun cafeteria decorations. Order your merch early because concert swag is always hot!
When the flood hit Boyd County on March 13, 2019, the Orphan Grain Train from Norfolk, NE was first on the scene with water, food, clothing and much needed supplies. Without the help of these people, many would have found it very difficult to begin the recovery process.
At the 2019 Nebraska School Nutrition Association State Conference held in Kearney, a request was made to name the Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, NE, the recipient of our annual fund raiser, Pennies A Day. It was also then decided to donate all the proceeds from our basket raffle as well. Because of all the generous donations from our members, NSNA was able to make a donation to the OGT in the amount of $2,836.00.
When asked what project they had in mind to use the money for, immediately Mr Trampe said they had a bike project in mind but no funding at the time. Not long after our visit with Mr Trampe, I received this message from him. Bethel Bible College in Ghana received a shipment of aid which included bicycles from the Norfolk warehouse. OGT received this heartfelt ‘Thank you’ from one of the boys that received a bike, his only mode of transportation. Hello Dr.Zina, I am very grateful to you and your ministry, I used to trek long distances to School, but since you gave me other friends ab bicycle, it has really helped us to go to School with ease. I want to stand on behalf of my friends and all those who benefited from your generosity and thank you so so much for this great support you have given to boost our lives and education. May God richly bless you. Yours Faithfully, Godwin Barfou
A big thank you to all our NSNA members who found it in their hearts to give so generously.
Keep. It. Simple. That’s how SNF’s fundraising message always gets straight to the heart of the matter: Donations help to feed hungry children.
But you know that the road to this goal is anything but simple! It’s a winding road, full of hills and valleys, unforeseen obstacles blocking the way, unexpected detours and uncharted territory. To navigate this road, school nutrition professionals need directions, green lights, route markers and even some roadside assistance. This is our metaphor for explaining how professional development gets everyone closer to the goal! And for many SNA members, the Foundation holds the key to that valued growth.
do your job—feeding hungry children—better. Why donate to the Foundation? It’s simple: Giving = Feeding.
And whether a cafeteria manager contributes $5 at a state conference or an industry partner contributes $25,000 for a named scholarship, every single dollar counts toward that goal.
Welcome Trish Sedlacek to the Nebraska School Nutrition Association Board! Trish was elected to the Treasurer's postion at the 62nd Annual State Conference held on June 23 - 26, 2019 in Kearney Nebraska.
Thanks you to all who donated to Pennies a Day! This year it went to The Orphan Grain Train.
Since 1992, Orphan Grain Train’s 27 regional locations have delivered more than 25 million meals and 3,202 shipments of humanitarian aid to needy people in various states and 68 countries on 5 continents. The mission of Orphan Grain Train is uniquely dependent upon dedicated volunteers, many of whom have given numerous years of service for the sake of others. Since 1992, more than 3.7 million hours have been volunteered!
This bill LB 251 introduced into Committee by Senator Lynne Walz of Fremont would cover the cost of reduced meals in our schools, by the State of Nebraska. I have sent Senator Walz an email thanking her for her support. Sometimes it feels like we don’t make much of an impact on our visits with our elected officials, but our voice is important. I think our voice is being heard, small ripples are happening.
We are the voice for the meals we serve, for the students who come to our kitchens and tables every day. These are our kids.
I asked Senator Walz if there was anything we could do to help her with this bill.