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For 53 years, the Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska Lincoln have delivered quality educational experiences for school food service managers and nutrition staff members. This tradition of quality educational programming continues through the Child Nutrition Training Academy. The academy is designed to fit the needs of both new and experienced school food service professionals by offering three training opportunities. 

YEAR 1 (Limited to 35), June 6-10:

  • •  Recommended for school food service directors, managers and staff
  • •  Topics include school nutrition 101; basic culinary math; Buy American Provision; utilizing the cafeteria as a classroom; managing personalities and conflict; financial management; and menu planning
  • •  Coursework eligible for Level 2 School Nutrition Association (SNA) Certification*

*40 hours – must have high school diploma or equivalent

The Training Academy is a learning environment which strengthens professionalism, builds confidence, inspires critical thinking, and cultivates creativity through experiential learning. Your district will benefit from a better understanding of program regulations to ensure integrity. Attendees will create S.M.A.R.T. goals to encourage accountability for changes they would like to implement in their food service operation.

For more information about SNA Certification, visit the Child Nutrition Training Academy website at: https://www.education.ne.gov/ns/training/national-school-lunch-program/child-nutrition-training-academy/.

Location & Schedule

Classes will be taught in the East Campus Union, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, located at 35th and Holdrege Streets. The campus address is 1705 Arbor Drive, Lincoln, NE.   

Check in on Monday, June 6, between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.. You will receive your materials as well as your name badge. Breakfast will be provided on Monday, June 6 as there will be a quick meeting from 7:30 - 7:50 a.m. for all participants.

Classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday June 6 - Thursday June 9. Lunch is on your own each day.

Classes are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Lunch will be provided as we will have a working lunch on the last day.

Registration

To register, please utilize this link: Child Nutrition Training Academy Registration

Participants must be at least 19 years of age to attend the Child Nutrition Training Academy.

Lunch lady camp 2022

The early bird registration deadline is April 18, 2022. All registrations and payments must be postmarked by May 18, 2022. 

For questions about the training, please contact Beth Haas, Program Specialist – Nutrition Services at 402-417-3324 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions about housing, please contact Joan Kunzman at 402-472-3867 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Classified - Nutrition Specialist - Central Office at Papillion La Vista Community Schools

Assists in management of the School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program with emphasis on menu and recipe development, menu analysis and special diets.

Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Family and Consumer Science, Business Management, Institutional Management, or related field. ***Registered Dietitian preferred***

Experience: Five years’ experience in an institutional or school setting. Experience in menu planning, recipe development, nutrition analysis, food production, sanitation and safety.


If you have any questions please contact Human Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-537-6260.

 

The USDA has approved federal funding for supply chain assistance for operators of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP)  in response to the unprecedented challenges in purchasing and receiving food. These resources will be referred to as Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) funds. SCA funds can be used exclusively to purchase unprocessed or minimally processed domestic food products.

Thanks to those that attended the SCA webinar yesterday, February 23, 2022. Nutrition Services is in the process of adding additional resources related to SCA funds (including a recording of the webinar, webinar slides and a Frequently Asked Questions document) to the Nutrition Services homepage.  Please check this webpage over the coming days as resources are made available.

School Food Authorities (SFAs) can elect to receive all available funds, a portion of funds, or decline all funding. The survey link below will indicate the funding amount available to your SFA.  If your SFA intends to accept any amount of SCA funding, please complete the survey and included attestation statementThe USDA has approved federal funding for supply chain assistance for operators of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP)  in response to the unprecedented challenges in purchasing and receiving food. These resources will be referred to as Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) funds. SCA funds can be used exclusively to purchase unprocessed or minimally processed domestic food products.

Thanks to those that attended the SCA webinar yesterday, February 23, 2022. Nutrition Services is in the process of adding additional resources related to SCA funds (including a recording of the webinar, webinar slides and a Frequently Asked Questions document) to the Nutrition Services homepage.  Please check this webpage over the coming days as resources are made available.

School Food Authorities (SFAs) can elect to receive all available funds, a portion of funds, or decline all funding. 

Tammy Yarmon, Director of Nutrition Services for OPS shared the following fun dates calendar.  Rande Galus, Supervisor with OPS, works on creating the beautiful calendar of Fun dates each summer.  I appreciate Tammy and Rande for sharing such a wonderful resource with our School Nutrition directors, managers, employees, cooks, etc.  Enjoy!!!  pdf OPS Activity Calendar 2021 22 (5.81 MB)

Mark Your Calendar for a Great Summer Training Opportunity!

What? A Review of the Basic Bookkeeping Requirements of the School Meals Program  

When? Join us on Zoom, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (CST)

Who should register?  New staff and experienced staff wanting a refresher on the bookkeeping requirements of the School Meals Program 

What topics will be covered? This training will focus on program requirements. Topics include: dates of importance, income eligibility applications, direct certification, verification, claiming, etc…

What about the Seamless Summer Operation for SY 2021-22?  The July 20th training will focus on “normal year” school meals operations. The USDA has provided through COVID Response Waiver #84  the option for SFAs to operate the Seamless Summer Operation (SSO) for SY 2021-22.  The SSO is under the School Meals Program so most of the “normal year” program requirements apply.  During the training we will be addressing questions you may have as you prepare for the new school year.  Additional training is planned this summer on how to complete the SSO section of the School Meals Program annual application.  Watch for that email communication to be sent in July. 

How do I register for this training?  Individual Registration within the CNP system is required for the July 20th training. Registration instructions are attached.  pdf CNP Training Registration (484 KB)    

What happens after I register? Approximately one week before the training you will be emailed the Zoom July 20th training link as well as a training packet.  We encourage you to print this packet or have it available electronically for the training. Nutrition Services will not be mailing any packets to registered participants.     

What if I can’t attend the Zoom Training on July 20thThe training will be recorded and posted by the beginning of August on the Nutrition Services website at the following link: https://www.education.ne.gov/ns/training/national-school-lunch-program  

What can I do now to learn about bookkeeping requirements of the school meals program? Bookkeeper Training Parts 1-4 and Direct Certification videos are available on the NDE-Nutrition Services website:  https://www.education.ne.gov/ns/training/national-school-lunch-program/school-lunch-training/

Who should I contact if I have questions? Shawn Vondracek at 402-480-3046 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To begin your Adventures with Nutrition NSNA State Virtual Conference When June 29, 2021 Start time of 10am (via zoom link) Keynote speaker: Carol Schulte https://carolschulte.com/about/ Registration and more information to follow! Looking forward to having you all join in our New Adventure!!!

K 1st Nadia Wroblewski

Kindergarten - 1st Grade2nd 4th Kiersten Hans

NADIA WROBLEWSKI

KEYA PAHA COUNTY SPRINGVIEW NE

MANAGER: BROCK KAUP

 

2nd - 4th Grade

KIERSTEN HANS

WYNOT PUBLIC SCHOOL WYNOT NE

MANAGER: JANICE KOCH

 

 

 

 5th 8th Hadley Hornung

 5th - 8th Grade

HADLEY HORNUNG

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN COLUMBUS NE

MANAGER: DEANNA ASCHE

 

9th 12th Alyssa Moes

 

9th - 12th Grade

ALYSSA MOES

ELM CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL ELM CREEK NE

MANAGER: JAN SAUERESSIG

 

 

 



 

 

 

NSNA Conference 2022

June 26-29 2022 At Holiday Inn Kearney

 $112 per night,  CALL 1-308-237-5971  LET THEM KNOW YOU'RE WITH NSNA WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR RESERVATION!

 

 

 When registering for the Conference you only need to register once. Paper OR using the link below.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!!

Registration options include completing this online form OR mailing a paper copy. Payment can be made through our website or by check. See details below!

Mail Payments OR Pay Online

NSNA

Attn: State Conference

PO Box 45527

Omaha, NE 68145-0527

 

Online Payments Click Here

 

Payment should include total for all events and indicate who (First & Last name) the payment should be applied too.

 

Conference Schedule Overview

 

Sunday June 26, 2022 Pre- Conference Sessions
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm ServSafe with Cindy Brison
  • 12:00am - 5:00pm Local Indigenous Food Training with Team Nutrition     Session Full
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm President's Reception
Monday June 27, 2022 7am - 5pm Registration
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm Ways & Means
  • 7:30am - 11:30 ServSafe Continues
  • 10:30am - 11:30am First Timer Attendee Reception
  • 11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch, Opening General Session, & Opening Keynote: Joe Pettit
  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm Education Sessions
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm Education Sessions
  • Snack Break
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Education Sessions
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Social Hour, Dinner, & Entertainment
Tuesday June 28, 2022 7am - 1pm Registration
  • 7:00am - 5:00pm Ways & Means
  • 7:00am - 9:00am Breakfast, Second General Session, & Keynote: Kayte Partch
  • 9:15am - 10:15am Third General Session
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Vendor Food Show
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm Education Sessions
  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm Education Sessions
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm House of Delagates
  • 5:00pm - 5:45pm District Meetings
  • 6:30pm - 10:00pm Social Hour, Dinner Banquet, & President's Reception
Wednesday June 29, 2022
  • 7:00am - 10:45am Ways & Means
  • 7:00am - 9:00am Breakfast, Forth General Session, & Keynote Bettina J. Applewhite
  • 9:15am - 10:15am Education Sessions
  • 10:30am - 11:30am Education Sessions
  • 12:00pm Closing Session & Lunch

 Vendors for the Food Show

Show Date:  Tuesday June 28, 2022

Set Up: Monday June 27, 2022 

              12 noon to 4:30 pm

Location: Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 Ave N, Kearney NE

  pdf NSNA 2022 vendor registration (3.71 MB)

 

Submitted by: Amanda Aldridge, Nutrition Services Supervisor's Assistant Lincoln Public Schools

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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.

The new Executive Officers for 2020-2021 are President Karee Nielsen, President Elect Sheila Sanford, Secretary Pam Bucholz and Treasurer Trish Sedlacek.

 

Spring NSNA Dist 1 Meeting has been cancelled.

Spring NSNA Dist 2 Meeting

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

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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.

The Challenge is simple (and fun!):

  1. Members share their reason for belonging to SNA – using the social media tools.
  2. Members recruit at least 1 new member – their +1.
  3. State and national membership numbers increase, and members earn great incentives for recruiting!

Spread the Word About the +1 Membership Challenge!

Please view and share SNA National President, Gay Anderson’s official campaign launch video.

Then visit the SNA Website for more details on the +1 Membership Challenge and find Challenge Materials.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Nate

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.

Download the Committee/Council Interest Form

Please return the Committee/Council Interest Form by January 31, 2020. 

Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Van Balen, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or (800) 877-8822, ext. 114

 

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. 

https://schoolnutrition.org/legislation-policy/action-center/share-your-thoughts-2020-policy-priorities/

 

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. 
 
New pricing for the Certificate program will also take effect on October 1, 2019. The changes impact new Certificate applications, renewals and reinstatements. Click here for full details and more information. If you have questions, please contact SNA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FOR NSNA COMMODITY FOOD SHOW

ONE DAY ONLY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019

BUFFALO COUNTY EXHIBIT BUILDING 3807 AVE. N, KEARNEY NE

1pm-2pm  COMMODITY REVIEW WITH CHAD MOHR & US FOODS GRAND ISLAND

2pm-4pm  NSNA COMMODITY FOOD SHOW

4pm-5pm   2ND CHANCE COMMODITY REVIEW WITH CHAD MOHR & US FOODS GRAND ISLAND

TO INCLUDE:

  • · How Processed Commodities will work
  • · What is Direct Discount and Indirect Discount or NOI and Benefits for your School
  • · Step by Step Process for Ordering Processed Commodities with a Timeline that Shows when each Step needs to be Completed
  • · Questions and Answers
  • · Please note, during the show Chad, US Foods, and Greenberg’s will have a booth to answer any questions during the food show.
  • · Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if planning to attend

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.

As you are aware US Foods has converted over the system this summer.  We are diligently trying to work out all kinks before school starts.  We have made the decision to ask that you do not key your USDA-brown box orders for August.   We are aware that some of you need to allocate to your multiple school locations.  We would ask that you send Julie Bennett   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. telling us how you would like your products allocated.  If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

We will start shipping the week of August 12th.

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.
 
A wide range of growth opportunities can be yours, from taking a single course on leadership to attending your first School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) to earning such letters as “SNS,” “MBA or even “PhD” after your name. Professional development comes in many forms, but the common denominator is learning that helps you 
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June 2019
 
 
 
 
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!

The Nebraska School Nutrition Association was held June 23-26 2019 at Holiday Inn - Kearney.

 

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.
 
I will keep you posted.
 
Keep warm!
 
Judy Poehlman