ILSNA 2017 Annual Conference

ILSNA 2017 Annual Conference

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Boosting Your School Meal Program

Marketing Your CN/Staff Employee Recognition

USDA Foods – Evaluating Menu Cost

Improving Your Serve – Matt Upton

Local Procurement - ICN

Making Restaurant Trends a Reality

Recipe - Buffalo Ranch Steak Burger Bowl

Recipe - Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl

Recipe - Grilled Chicken Flatbread Parm

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Addresses ANC 2017 Attendees

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Addresses ANC 2017 Attendees

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke to attendees during the Closing General Session of SNA's 2017 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta. His visit was highly anticipated, as this is the first time in over 20 years that a Secretary of Agriculture has addressed an ANC audience.

Perdue received a huge applause when he discussed the proclamation he recently signed which is intended to help overcome operational challenges in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs created by highly restrictive sodium, whole grain-rich and milk requirements.

Perdue stated that USDA has a new motto, "Do right and feed everyone." Additionally, he went on to explain that he and the USDA staff will continue to work with SNA and its members because frontline operators know these programs. "We trust you!"

After the Closing General Session, Secretary Perdue met with the school nutrition professionals who serve on SNA's incoming and outgoing Board of Directors to hear first-hand about successes and challenges as schools work to improve menus for students while meeting updated nutrition standards for meals and snacks.

To watch Perdue's full address, visit the SNA website

Breakfast After the Bell Program

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.

School Nutrition Association - Professional Standards Training Guidelines

School Nutrition Association Professional Standards Training Guidelines

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 professionals.

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.

STEPS Challenge

STEPS Challenge

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.

CD Cookbook

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

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.

Cafeteria Site Visit 101

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) ) • Scholarships • 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.

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."