We are very excited to announce to the friends and supporters of the Illinois School Nutrition Association the inaugural Winter Break Industry Conference. This Conference will be held at Starved Rock Lodge on January 26th and 27th. The conference will have breakout sessions, team building events, an equipment show, and much more. Even better, you will be able to earn up to 6 CEUs towards Professional Standards!
As industry partners, we have been to conferences like this in other states, it's a great opportunity to connect and build relationships. We know that Illinois would benefit from one as well.
This conference will fill up fast, so please book early and bring staff. Thanks very much. We look forward to seeing you there!
ILSNA Industry Advisory Board Chairpersons,
Click here to register as an ATTENDEE
Breakfast After the Bell Program
Per PA 99-0850, starting SY2017-18, every public school in which at least 70 percent of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in October of the preceding year must operate a Breakfast after the Bell Program. Breakfast after the bell means breakfast is provided to children after the instructional day has officially begun and does not prohibit schools from also providing breakfast before instructional day begins. Schools may choose whatever delivery model that best suits the students.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established minimum Professional
Standards for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School
Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
The standards are a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) and are
effective July 1, 2015. The standards provide minimum education standards for new State and
local school nutrition directors as well as annual training requirements for all school nutrition
SNA's Certificate in School Nutrition and School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credential are aligned
with USDA Professional Standards. For more information, visit:
Annual training for USDA Professional Standards counts toward continuing education
requirements for maintaining SNA certificate and credentialing status.
1 SNA Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 hour of training for USDA Professional Standards
These recommended guidelines are for SNA members and SNA State Affiliates to consider when
planning training programs. Since State Agencies ultimately monitor compliance during the 3
year Administrative Review period, SNA encourages operators and SNA state affiliates to direct
questions or concerns to their respective State Agencies for clarification purposes.
- Included in these guidelines are the USDA Professional Standards Learning Objectives,
organized by key area and linked to specific codes.
- Additionally, SNA has created a grid that includes the USDA Professionals Standards coded
topics (organized by key area) and also features other popular training topics that could
count toward professional standards with the relevant coding.
- A sample training tracking grid is also included.
Click here for the SNA's Professional Standards Training Guidelines
Click here for other Professional Standards resources
The STEPS Challenge is a wellness program created just for school nutrition professionals!
The STEPS Challenge provides the resources and inspiration to help SNA members live healthier and happier, one step at a time. The Challenge is designed to make better health and wellness simple, fun, and attainable. Sign up for the free program and you'll gain access to recipes, exercise ideas, success stories, prizes, wellness tips, and more.
Click here for more information on the STEPS Challenge
ILSNA's CD Cookbook
Due to the overwhelming response to our CD Cookbook offer, we have ordered more copies and are now ready to fill orders again. If you missed out last time it was available, click here to place your order before they're gone again!
Professional Standards for Child Nutrition Professionals
With new professional guidelines being put into place it is more important than ever for you and your staff to have training available that is, concise, engaging and contains quality educational content. The ILSNA Professional Development Committee has searched and has found just that through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This website allows school nutrition staff to search for training that meets their learning needs. Each listing contains information about the training, including how to access, develop, date and what learning objectives are covered and so much more!
If you have not had an opportunity to review the proposed rule, please visit the FNS Web site.
Click here to review the usda professional standards for child nutrition professionals website
ILSNA – School Nutrition 101
Who We Are – The Illinois School Nutrition Association (ILSNA) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) are organizations of over 55,000 school nutrition professionals. Membership in ILSNA/SNA offers a variety of benefits to help you meet the challenges in the ever changing profession of school nutrition.
Benefits – Training and Educational Opportunities •
Seminars and Workshops
• Three Levels of Certification and Credentialing (School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) )
• Leadership Opportunities
• Professional Networking
• National and State Conferences
• Updates on Current School Nutrition Issues
• Updates on Current Legislative Issues
• Links to Websites Pertinent to School Nutrition Professionals
• Communication With Industry
• Working hand-in-hand with industry to develop new products, systems and services to support the current challenges of school nutrition programs.
Click here for the ilsna school nutrition 101 presentation
History of School Lunch
President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act on June 4, 1946. Though school foodservice began long before 1946, the Act authorized the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The legislation came in response to claims that many American men had been rejected for World War II military service because of diet-related health problems. The federally assisted meal program was established as "a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities."
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