SNA News Releases

USDA Revises Questions and Answers on the Meal Pattern

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USDA's Food and Nutrition Service recently released three documents, including a revised Questions and Answers on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Questions and Answers now include a table of contents, among other revisions. Click here to review the cover letter, which discusses how the content has been reformatted and the questions that have been updated. Click here for the updated Questions and Answers on implementing the final rule.  
In addition, USDA has released Short and Long Week adjustments for schools that regularly operate on a short or long week schedule. Click here to review those adjustments. 

These resources, along with other tools to aid in adjusting to the new meal pattern, are available at We continue to update this site with the latest news and resources from SNA and USDA to help you understand and meet the new requirements.


New SNA PSA Scheduled to Appear on National Television!

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September 19, 2012 – SNA has produced a new Public Service Announcement to spread the word about healthy school meals. The 30 second PSA, featuring school foodservice professionals and the delicious, nutritious food they serve, is scheduled to air on national television during an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s hit show “Chopped.” SNA will also distribute the PSA to over 1,000 TV stations across the country and promote the spot online.

Mark your calendars and tune into Food Network on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 10 p.m. (Eastern)/9 p.m. (Central). SNA’s PSA is scheduled to air in a commercial break during the all-new “Chopped - Class Acts, Too” episode featuring school chefs competing to survive the Chopping Block.

For tips and ideas to put together a fun and fabulous “Chopped” viewing party, and to learn about SNA’s Scavenger Hunt and prize, visit

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