SNA News Releases

USDA Revises Q and A Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program

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On July 16, 2012, the USDA released a revised memo addressing Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program.  Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, an additional reimbursement of 6 cents per lunch is available for school food authorities certified to be in compliance with the new school meal patterns. 

See or click here for the revised questions and answers.  New questions are in red italics.  Any questions concerning this guidance should be addressed to the appropriate FNS Regional Office.

Further, here are SNA’s submitted comments regarding the Interim Final Rule on Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the NSLP.  The deadline for you to submit comments is July 26, 2012.


SNA Submitted Comments to USDA Interim Final Certification Rule

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On July 24, 2012, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) submitted comments in response to the Interim Final Rule regarding Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). 

SNA in its comments addresses: breakfast certification, certification timeframes, overlapping grade levels, and simplified nutrient assessments.

We encourage members to use SNA's comments for ideas when drafting their comments.

To read SNA’s comments in their entirety, click here
To read the Federal Register notice requesting comments by July 26, 2012, click here.


Something to Celebrate: SNA Releases 2012-13 Promotional Calendar

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July 13, 2012 – Special cafeteria promotions are among the most tried-and-true strategies for building participation. Children are attracted by special events and activities that make the cafeteria fun and full of (pleasant) surprises. As you head back to school in the weeks to come, it’s time to mark your calendar for the different promotions and celebrations you plan to conduct. Turn to SNA’s annual online Promotional Calendar, a free member service produced by the editorial staff of School Nutrition and now available at

Of course, you already know about National School Lunch and Breakfast Weeks, not to mention such traditional holidays as Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Maybe you have already begun brainstorming ideas to coincide with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Cinco de Mayo or the Super Bowl. But what about National Cherry Month, Be Kind to Animals Week or Sandwich Day? If you seek new ideas—and new events to celebrate—this is your go-to resource to find new dates and occasions that lend themselves to engaging cafeteria activities.

The Promotional Calendar includes monthly, weekly and daily celebrations for the 2012-13 school year, as well as suggestions for decorations, costumes and activities, along with fun facts to get you started. In addition, you will find many website links, as available, to sponsoring organizations or other online resources that can provide ideas, materials or background information.

If you know of an observance that you think should be included in this annual resource, please let SNA know, so it can be researched for the following year’s Promotional Calendar. Send an e-mail with the name of the event, the sponsoring organization and the observance date to Please note that the Promotional Calendar is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all observations, and inclusion in this resource does not imply SNA’s endorsement of any events or observations. While SNA monitors sponsoring organizations for updates, please note that dates are subject to change.

SNA Meal Pattern Companion Guide is HERE!

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SNA is excited to unveil the anticipated meal pattern guide! The guide is entitled: “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern” and is available exclusively to SNA members.

This guide is also the focus of each hot topic session during ANC reaching over 3,000 ANC attendees.  It is now available at, along with other tools and resources to aid in your understanding of the meal pattern.  This guide aims to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements going into effect this fall.  It provides you with sample menus, resources and other valuable tools needed to interpret and implement the new meal pattern regulations.

The SNA Ad Hoc Meal Pattern Working Group, which consists of school nutrition operators, state agency officials, industry and USDA representatives, have been busy working to review your frustrations, comments, and concerns in efforts to address them in this companion guide.  We are glad to be able to share it with you!  Click here to read more!


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