As part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit, JSI is excited to showcase The School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts and their resources to support School Meal Programs in School Year 2022-2023.
The School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts engages and supports school nutrition programs by collaborating with our various partners; DESE, JSI, Project Bread, MASBO, MASS, MAC, etc. They also work at the grassroots level within their five geographical chapter meetings providing networking, professional development, scholarship opportunities and volunteer and leadership development opportunities. School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts also keeps members engaged and informed by social media outreach, including a Facebook and a weekly email newsletter. They host two statewide conferences. Here are the top 3 resources shared by the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts to help school districts in the upcoming school year.
- Chapter Meetings, Networking, and Education: They have five geographical chapters, and each chapter hosts three general chapter meetings and two director meetings each school year. Meetings include networking opportunities, educational programing, and are sponsored by one or two of their industry sponsors. They have a delegate and delegate-elect from each chapter who sits on the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts board and organizes events and initiatives at the chapter level.
- State Conferences, Networking and Education: School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts hosts the annual Fall Conference and Exhibits in October and the conference in early February. These conferences offer networking and educational opportunities and exhibits featuring vendors (products and services) serving the school nutrition market.
- Volunteer and Leadership Development: School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts is a volunteer driven organization. They rely on volunteers to help direct and move the association forward by providing members with quality programs, support, networking and leadership development opportunities. They have five committees including professional development, nutrition/legislation, member relations, exhibits, and the industry council.
For more information or to connect with the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, kindly contact Hillari Wennerstrom at 617-734-8822 or email Hillari@Mckennamanagement.com. Be sure to connect on social media via Facebook @SNAofMass, Instagram @SNAofMass, and Twitter @SNAofMass.
Fun Fact…In our countdown to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit on May 24, we asked each partner to share which session they were most excited about. The School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts picked the Easy Wins to Increase Scratch Cooking session because their members want to get back to scratch cooking especially after dealing with individually wrapping products over the pandemic. Also, this aligns with School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts theme for the 22-23 SY.
Thank you to the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts for supporting Massachusetts School Meal Programs and participating in the Countdown to the #HKHHP 2022 Summit!