The mission of the Illinois School Nutrition Association (ILSNA) is to mentor our membership in the advancement of good nutrition for all children.

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Virtual Town Halls Are Back!

The ILSNA Board is pleased to announce the return of the virtual town hall series that was started earlier this summer!

ILSNA will be hosting four virtual town halls on dedicated topics before the end of the year. Registration is open for all four of them now!

The topics are as follows (click on the titles to register for each session or to watch the recording of the session):

We look forward to connecting virtually and discussing these important topics before the holidays!

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SNF Equipment Grants for 2021 are Now Open!

The School Nutrition Foundation has teamed up with the industry partners listed above to provide new kitchen equipment to deserving districts! Apply now for the 2021 SNF Equipment Grant Program, featuring applications for not one but FOUR grants! 

These grants are the Winston Equipment Grant, the Vulcan Equipment Grant, the Hobart Equipment Grant, and the Collection Grant. If your kitchen needs new equipment—we’ve made the application process easier, consider applying today!

Free School Meals Extended Through SY 2020-21

USDA announced the extension of all SFSP and SSO waivers through the end of SY 2020/21. SNA applauded USDA and Congress for their work to address challenges faced by school nutrition professionals, working to feed hungry children during the pandemic.


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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

This is an unprecedented time for schools. Watch for updates on how we are responding to the crisis, plus, find resources to help on the School Nutrition Association website and the Illinois ASBO website.



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Critical Bills Introduced: We Need Your Voice!

Two key school nutrition bills have been introduced, and we need your help to raise awareness and support! Safe and consistent student access to school meals this fall continues to be threatened by unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a few minutes to write your legislators urging them to support these bills.

The Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act, introduced by House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), would guarantee every child has safe access to healthy school meals during SY 2020-21. With a multitude of families newly-eligible for free and reduced-price meals, offering meals to all students at no charge spares overburdened schools the massive task of distributing and processing meal applications and reduces the stigma for children who depend on free meals.


H.R. 7764, The Child Nutrition Relief Act of 2020, introduced by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) would allow USDA to extend all COVID-19 school feeding waivers through June 30, 2021. Extending these waivers will allow school meal programs to seamlessly continue grab-and-go meal pick up for distance learners, serve meals to students in the classroom or adjust meal service in the event of a sudden COVID-19 school closure.


Read more about these bills and SNA's support of these measures in SNA's press release.

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