Advocacy Tools

SNA members are the strongest advocates for child nutrition programs, as you are the experts in providing healthful and tasty meals to students throughout the year. However, it can often be hard to figure out where to start. Below is a collection of information that not only covers tips on how to lobby the U.S. Congress, but also templates and handouts that can be used both at the federal and state level. Take time to peruse and make these handouts your own! For any further questions or issues, please contact the Child Nutrition Policy Division at SNA.

For information on advocacy at the State and Grassroots level, please visit our State Policy page.

Cafeteria Site Visit Sweepstakes

Invite a Member of Congress to your cafeteria and be entered to win a trip to SNA’s 2015 Legislative Action Conference.
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Implementation of Nutrition Standards
This provides SNA members with information on the timeline for implementing the new meal pattern requirements stemming from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

How to Lobby
Nervous about lobbying your Member of Congress? These quick tips will show you easy it can be!

How a Bill Becomes a Law  
Curious about how a bill becomes a law? This thorough information guide should answer all of your questions.

Site Visits
A one page version of our more in-depth Cafeteria Visit toolkit, this will start you on the way to having a Member of Congress come visit your cafeteria.

Creating a Policy Message
Need some help on developing a policy message? This should help get you started.

School Nutrition Facts
Updated each year, this handout covers the facts and figures of the Child Nutrition Program, including National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Afterschool and more.

SNA Requests and Background on School Meal Standards
Find more information and background materials on SNA’s Policy Requests.

Budget and Appropriations Process  
We know the U.S. Budget and Appropriations Process can be complicated! This guide should help clarify the process and the impact on Child Nutrition Programs.

Legislation vs. Regulation  
What’s the difference between a piece of legislation and a regulation and how it impacts your daily work life? The following information should help answer your questions!

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SNA State Associations

The School Nutrition Association has a presence in every state across the country. View links to many of the state associations to find out more about what SNA is doing nationwide. 

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