SNA is now offering a valuable membership option called School District Owned Memberships (SDM). This membership option is an alternative to standard individual memberships and designed to meet the needs of the changing workforce by enabling school districts to keep school nutrition staff informed and educated about feeding students. The goal of SDM is to make it easier for school districts to pay for memberships and allow their employees to enjoy the many benefits of SNA membership.
A SDM is a membership that is owned by a school district in the name of an individual and is transferable to another employee in the same membership category if the original assignee leaves the district. This is not one membership for an entire district, but separate memberships that are transferrable. SDMs receive all the same benefits as an individual member at the same price as individual membership dues (SDM is not available for the Student, Retired and Affiliate membership categories). SDM can be used for new and renewing memberships and SNA will work with districts to align existing expiration dates so that all SDMs expire at the same time.
To encourage participation in this membership option, we are offering an incentive for free memberships that are new SDMs. For every five new SDMs in the School Nutrition Employee (SNE) or School Nutrition Manager (SNM) membership category, the district can receive one free new SDM in the SNE/SNM category (both national and state dues are free). The incentive is valid through December 31, 2013.
All SDM districts must designate an SDM administrator. The SDM administrator can make transfers using the transfer form below. SDM renewals are sent to the administrator twice a year.
To date, there are 45 states participating in this membership option and over 11,000 SDMs, which make up 22% of SNA memberships. To find out if your state is participating, please see the list of participating states below. If you have any questions about SDM or would like to sign up your members for SDM, please contact SNA at SDM@schoolnutrition.org.
Participating States (listed alphabetically)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
More Information on SDM
SDM Overview (pdf)
How to Sign up SDMs (pdf)
USDA letter approving child nutrition funds for memberships (pdf)
New SDM Spreadsheet - Multiple Applicants (xls)
SDM Transfer Form (pdf)
SDM Transfer Form - Multiple Members (xls)
National and State New Membership Applications