SNA Publishes Research Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on the School Nutrition Industry


COVID19-on-The-School-Nutrition-Industry imageSNA surveyed its industry members to better understand their concerns, needs, the important issues they feel need to be addressed with the USDA to mitigate future issues, and to identify how SNA could assist during COVID-19 closures. 

Highlights include:

3 Biggest Concerns for Industry:

  1. Cancellation of orders
  2. Dramatic reduction of meals served
  3. Staff furloughs or reductions in staff

Top 3 Needs from Operators:

  1. Advanced communication on closures
  2. Accurate forecasting by operators
  3. Communicating Urgency to Manufacturers

Top 3 Ideas to be communicated to USDA to Mitigate These Issues in the Future:

  1. Creating a task force that includes USDA, state agencies, operators, and industry members to develop best practices for operating during a national emergency
  2. Engaging in national emergency preparedness planning
  3. Increasing funding for school meal programs

The full report can be viewed here. SNA is also providing COVID-19 updates and resources on its Coronavirus Resources member page

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