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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Food, Nutrition

Mission: The foundation focuses on supporting school nutrition professionals working to feed America's students so they are ready to learn.

Results: The foundation: • Provides over $100,000 annually in professional development scholarships for SNA members. • Has provided millions of dollars to schools throughout the country to expand breakfast programs through our grant from the Walmart Foundation. As a result, over 60,000 more students are eating breakfast. • Honors five School Nutrition Heroes annually who go above and beyond in serving their schools and their communities. • Supports SNA with advocacy and public relations resources through the SNF ”Invest in Us” endowment. • Partners with allied organizations to develop programs that address child hunger and food insecurity.

Target demographics: school nutrition programs

Direct beneficiaries per year: Sixty-six individuals received scholarships. Twenty-one school districts in 7 states for a total of 98 schools received grants to expand breakfast programs and serve more than 40,000 students.

Geographic areas served: schools across the United States

Programs: Breakfast in the Classroom - through a grant from Walmart Foundation, SNF and it's Breakfast in the Classroom partners provides grants to schools to expand their meal program to include breakfast after the bell. Invest in us - this endowed fund created in 1993 provides a reliable source of income to help fund special public education and awareness efforts targeting all those who influence the eating habits of children as well as the children themselves. Professional Development Scholarships - funded by the Foundation, the School Nutrition Association, and industry supporters. More than $100,000 in scholarships are awarded annually. Equipment Grants - SNF provides grants to schools to improve and update school kitchens.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The School Nutrition Foundation is an outstanding organization. They are a true partner in every sense of the word. They worked with Alexandria City Public Schools every step of the way to help us initiate a Breakfast in the Classroom Program for Francis C. Hammond Middle School. They provided more than monetary support, they brought in experts who have worked with many schools and districts to provide insights that helped us be most efficient with our implementation of our program. We have now expanded this program to other schools with great confidence based upon the sustained success they started at Hammond Middle School.

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SNF1964 Thanks for working so hard to make sure kids are ready to learn!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the School Nutrition Founation, I received a scholarship that enabled me to attend ANC 2017!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so very thankful to the SNF. I received a scholarship that allowed me to go the 2017 ANC and it was an amazing experience. I came back with a renewed spirit and have shared many of the ideas with school managers. We have started out this school year great with a strong goal of positivity. I have seen many people use intentional efforts to maintain this goal in our first two weeks of school and I have high been encouraged that great things are yet to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The School Nutrition Foundation is dedicated to assisting individuals serving students in the communities across the nation! I am proud to have three children that eat school lunch everyday in the wonderful programs provided by our School Nutrition staff members. I have a wonderful family dedicated to helping me reach my doctoral, educational goals. The School Nutrition Foundation is helping my family while also helping school nutrition employees all over the nation!!
Thank you SNF!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined SNF a year ago and have never been happier at a job! I love that we feed our future leaders and that we help them learn. I have attended both state conference and was so fortunate to attend ANC this year! I will never forget that experience and I was able to network with other SNF members from all over the United States. The speakers and the break out sessions were amazing. I came home with knowing and understanding so much more about my job.

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SNF1964 08/17/2017

Bonnie, congratulations on receiving a scholarship to attend ANC. We are so happy that it was such a great experience for you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They were instrumental in helping us get our breakfast in the classroom program started. Our program has been very successful. Many of the ideas and process that were implemented resulted from information provided as a part of the program. As with anything new we experienced many obstacles, but they were always there as a resource or would find someone to help if they didn't have all of the answers. Much of our success in feeding students and our increases in participation is attributable to our partnership.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first encountered SNA when I began working in the Rochester MN School District and became a member in my current position in the Brandon Valley School District in Brandon, SD. SNA is committed to educating child nutrition professionals, giving them confidence and equipping them with tools to give 100% in their jobs.
I was lucky enough to receive the SNA Professional Development and Schwan's Food Service scholarships through SNA for the 2017-2018 school year. These scholarships allow me and others to get the continuing education we need to advance in our careers.
In addition to all this, SNA gives student nutrition professionals a voice on the legislation that affect so many of our school nutrition programs through informing and educating lawmakers.
I am a proud member of SNA and grateful for all the organization does on our behalf.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The School Nutrition Foundation along with Winston Industries offered a grant for 10 pieces of Winston Industries equipment. My school district was awarded the grant and now have 10 beautiful new pieces of hot holding and transport equipment for our schools. The process was easy to understand and follow. Working with the School Nutrition Foundation proves the need schools are in today. Many school districts are old and in disrepair. The School Nutrition Foundation works to provide grants and other resources for school districts to stay updated and compliant to provide the best possible meals to all students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We applied for and received a grant from the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. The School Nutrition Foundation and their consultants helped us through every single step of applying for the grant. When we first started the process, we emailed and spoke many times to talk through the application process and the funds available. When we wound up applying for a larger than expected amount of money, they fought for our projects to get funded due to the scope of impact and organization of our plans and program. Our award wound up being the largest amount to date, thanks in no small part to their advocacy on our behalf. Eventually, we decided to add on to our project, and with their help, successfully requested additional monies. They kept in touch the entire time (and still do) to talk through ideas and ways to make what we do better. They are truly devoted to improving our profession and helping children. We are extremely grateful for their assistance in accomplishing our tasks and look forward to opportunities to partner with them in the future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation is truly concerned about education on every level. They provide many free opportunities for employees to advance in their knowledge of school nutrition, as well as scholarship funds. I was blessed enough to receive one of these scholarships. By furthering my college education I have become more confident with my work which allows me to have a more positive attitude. The School Nutrition Foundation also provides access to a large network of other School Nutrition Employees, many who have been in the business for years, and are happy to offer their advice and suggestions when a problem arises. Well trained confident people are happy people and everyone knows how contagious a smile is. Happy cafeteria works, spread joy to our nations children as they come through school lunch lines. This caries back to the classroom and helps to set them up for a more enjoyable learning experience. I have seen numerous students with troubled home life form personal relationships with their cafeteria ladies. They look forward to seeing them everyday.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I finished my Pastry degree in 2013, I wasn't sure what I was to do. I knew I did not wish to take out a $100,000.00 loan to open a bakery or for that matter work weekends and be away from my family. On a fluke I got a job as a 4 hour cafeteria attendant at our school district. I then started the new school year as a full-timer as a cook and once I went full-time I had to know more! Little did I know there was such a resource for Lunch Ladies! I quickly became a member of SNA and TASN to absorb everything there is to learn of this widely overlooked industry. I am currently back in college to earn my BS and SNA has become a big supporter for us Lunch Ladies going back to school also. When I say Lunch Ladies, I am not making fun, but saying it with pride that we are truly the most favorite people in the high school, as I get told all the time when I go about our town seeing our students working their summer jobs. All I can say is I am thankful for the program that SNA has to teach me so that I can teach my ladies on how to feed our children a safe, nutritious and, quality meal...for a mass of kids in a short time!

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SNF1964 08/17/2017

We are so happy to help!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the School Nutrition Foundation's work to encourage school nutrition professionals like myself to continue their education. With the Foundation's support I have been able to continue my education and improve my leadership skills.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the food service director for a small school district in Fordland, Missouri. I have been pursuing my degrees in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, and Baking since the fall of 2013. This past spring, I applied for the SNF scholarship. I was awarded the scholarship. I was deeply touched. So many times, the small districts and their employees, seem to be overlooked. That was not the case with SNF. I am forever grateful to this foundation. If it wasn't for this wonderful scholarship, I do not think that I would have been able to attend my final year of college and earn my degrees. I would encourage any school food service employee to join the School Nutrition Federation, not only for the wonderful learning opportunities but also for the networking.