State and Grassroots Advocacy Tools

Many organizations, groups and policymakers are focused on ensuring America’s children have access to healthy and nutritious meals. SNA members are on the frontline of the battle against hunger and are the experts on how to run nutrition programs. It is no surprise that many consider SNA members as experts in this area and rely on them for advice and insight. This site is geared to empowering the membership on how to best advocate for their programs at the grassroots and state level.

Here you will find guides on how to create a positive message, moving forward positive legislation, best practices and how to best respond to problematic policies. Many of these can also be used at the more local, grassroots level as well. If you need any further guidance or assistance, please contact SNA’s Director of State Legislative Affairs at (301) 686-3100.

Tools and Tips

Good Policy: A Case Study on Vermont
This report is a case study of when Vermont passed legislation to cover the cost of reduced price lunches. It highlights the importance of coalition building, creating relationships and how good policy can be a marathon, not a sprint!

Smoothing Policy Bumps
On occasion, SNA members are faced with problematic legislation. This report provides advice on possible ways to address and mitigate these situations and help smooth those policy bumps!

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

Cafeteria Site Visit 101  
One of the most effective ways to show off your programs is to invite policy makers to your schools. This step by step toolkit will assist you in the journey!

Hiring a Lobbyist for Your State Association
Are you thinking of hiring a lobbyist to advocate for your State Affiliate? This should help you decide if it is the right decision for your state as well as to hire the best fit for your needs. This template on writing an RFP can also help.

Preparing a State Legislative Position Paper
Interested in drafting a Position Paper for your state? This brief one pager can help get you started!

For other helpful guides, please visit the Advocacy Tools section of the website by clicking here.

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