Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!
MdSNA is a non-profit organization comprised of School Food Service Professionals in the state of Maryland. We are affiliated with the National School Nutrition Association which connects us to others across the nation with our same interest...
Child Nutrition Programs for all children.
2017 Convention: November 17-18, 2017
We are excited to release information about our annual convention. Come discover why MdSNA is the place for education and networking. You will come face to face with hundreds of colleagues from districts across the state, allowing you to discuss trends, swap tips, exchange ideas and benchmark your current practices. This year's convention sessions and industry trade show are designed to certify staff, grow careers, provide leadership development, educate about the challenges and opportunities available to school foodservice programs, and recognize the outstanding work and achievements of MdSNA. For more information on the 2017 State Convention, please visit the Convention Page. (Page will be updated as information becomes available.)
President Trump Releases Fiscal 2018 Budget
U.S. Representative Kristi Noem Introduces School Meal Bill
SUMMARY OF AG/FDA APPROPRIATION FOR FY 2017
As you may have heard, Congressional leaders have agreed upon an FY17 omnibus spending bill. The vote in both the House and Senate will occur sometime this week. Attached is the summary for the Ag Appropriations portion. CN Programs info is attached and below:
Food and Nutrition Programs – The legislation contains discretionary funding, as well as mandatory funding required by law, for food and nutrition programs within the Department of Agriculture. This includes funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and child nutrition programs.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – The bill provides $6.35 billion in discretionary funding for WIC, which is the same as the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Because of robust prior-year funding and declining enrollments in the program, WIC has record levels of carryover balances left over from previous years. Therefore, to make the best use of taxpayer dollars, the bill rescinds $850 million of these unobligated balances, which will have no impact on participation in the program.
The bill also stops an Obama-era school meal regulation from being implemented – providing flexibility for whole grains and milk and preventing changes to sodium standards that have not been fully scientifically vetted.
Commends USDA in Supporting Practical Flexibility to Benefit School Meals Programs and Students
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – School Nutrition Association (SNA) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as he released an interim rule seeking regulatory flexibility for school meal programs. Today's commitment by Secretary Perdue addresses concerns raised in SNA's 2017 Position Paper, which requested maintaining Target 1 sodium levels and restoring the initial requirement that at least half of grains offered through school meals be whole grain rich.
While SNA supports preserving robust federal rules, the Association has continued to advocate for practical flexibility under federal nutrition standards to help ease menu planning challenges and appeal to diverse student tastes.
"School Nutrition Association is appreciative of Secretary Perdue's support of school meal programs in providing flexibility to prepare and serve healthy meals that are appealing to students. School nutrition professionals are committed to the students they serve and will continue working with USDA and the Secretary to strengthen and protect school meal programs," said SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE.
Members of SNA have advocated for flexibility to address overly prescriptive regulations that have resulted in unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, higher costs and food waste. The Association recognizes that providing schools practical flexibility has been supported by Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Congressmen Robert Aderholt, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies for the House Appropriations Committee.
In addition to requests for practical flexibility under federal nutrition regulations, SNA has called for protecting school meal programs from block grant proposals and expanding USDA Foods to support the School Breakfast Program.
SNA Welcomes Confirmation of USDA Secretary Perdue
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – The non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 57,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide, welcomed the confirmation of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.
“School Nutrition Association looks forward to working with Secretary Perdue to find ways to strengthen school meal programs, which support the success of more than 30 million students each school day,” said SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS. “We hope Secretary Perdue will be a champion for these programs, which have ensured students have access to healthy meals at school for more than 70 years.”
More than 900 school nutrition professionals participated in SNA’s Legislative Action Conference and Charge to the Hill earlier this month to advocate on behalf of school meals and students. SNA has called for protecting school meal programs from block grant proposals, expanding USDA Foods to support the School Breakfast Program and granting practical flexibility under federal regulations for school menu planners. Click here to read SNA’s 2017 Position Paper.