Who We Are The School Nutrition Association (SNA) represents 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. Whether they are employed by the school district’s “Nutrition Services,” “Child Nutrition,” or “Foodservice” department, they are all working to provide healthy school meals that help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. SNA Members Include: Cooks, cashiers and cafeteria managers and staff who work on the frontlines in school cafeterias District level staff, including directors, dietitians and chefs who manage everything from menu planning to procurement Individuals overseeing child nutrition programs at the state level Industry members who provide healthy foods, supplies, equipment and software for school cafeterias. Click here for more on the roles and responsibilities of school nutrition professionals. Rising Above the Everyday Challenges School nutrition professionals face a multitude of challenges as they prepare and serve healthy school meals, including detailed nutrition standards, strict food safety requirements, complex regulations and limited budgets. They must also balance needs of student customers, such as food allergies, special dietary restrictions and tastes and preferences. Administering school meal programs requires skills in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary and food safety expertise, human resources, financial management, economic analysis, multi-tasking and more. SNA’s Certificate and Credentialing Programs help school nutrition professionals improve their skills and grow their programs. Click here to learn what it takes to run a school meal program and to read profiles of school nutrition professionals who are making a difference in the lives of students.Recognizing School Lunch Heroes With all that school nutrition professionals do to care for students and ensure their nutritional needs are met, it’s no wonder so many children consider them heroes. On the first Friday of May, students nationwide have an opportunity to give thanks to their school nutrition heroes. SNA has teamed up with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series, and Random House Children’s Books to host School Lunch Hero Day. Details, creative ideas and downloads are available here.Careers in School Nutrition School nutrition professionals have a direct impact on the health and well-being of children today. Not only do they have the opportunity to influence child nutrition daily through meal service, but they also have the opportunity to foster healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. This is a career path to help create a healthier generation and make a difference in the lives of children. Additional benefits to a career in school nutrition include competitive salaries, opportunities to advance professionally, and a convenient work schedule. Click here to learn more careers in school nutrition and read testimonials.