SNF Awarded School Nutrition Training Grant


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service has awarded the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) a nearly $2 million grant to develop a training program for school nutrition professionals. SNF’s LEAD to Succeed™ (Learn, Educate, Advance, Develop) initiative will examine and address professional and workforce development needs of school nutrition professionals in the areas of Personnel Management and Communication, Marketing and Customer Service.

SNF will work with partner organizations to review existing resources and develop a targeted curriculum, utilizing a variety of instructional formats including: webinars, video, self-paced online modules, case-studies, articles in School Nutrition magazine, in-person training, training for trainers and peer-sharing. Online training and resources will be available to all school nutrition professionals free of charge on the SNA website beginning in 2021.

LEAD to Succeed™ partners include: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business (GU), Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE), National Dairy Council (NDC) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA). Key supporters of the initiative include 35 SNA state affiliates, ten state agencies and Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, who will assist in building an online community for rural districts.

SNA has long advocated for funding to support school nutrition training. Funding for the grant was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141).

“School Nutrition Foundation was honored to be chosen to lead this effort to develop critical training resources for school nutrition professionals nationwide,” said SNA/SNF CEO Patricia Montague, CAE. “Through the LEAD to Succeed™ initiative, we look forward to providing school nutrition professionals with new opportunities to improve their programs, strengthening ties within their school nutrition teams and across the communities they serve.”

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