School Nutrition Association

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The School Nutrition Association (SNA) describes itself as "a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country." [1] SNA is a very industry-friendly organization, maintaining an industry advisory board with representation on the board of directors, offering corporate membership, and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the same companies that manufacture and sell products and services for school lunch.

Industry Membership

SNA welcomes industry to join as members of their organization. Industry members are invited to join at one of three levels: Patron Program, Corporate Industry Membership, and Industry Consultant Membership. Patron Program members pay $10,000 annually for a membership that covers all individuals in the organization, Corporate Industry members pay dues of $800 annually for a membership that also covers all individuals within the organization, and Industry Consultant members pay $350 annually for a membership for one individual.[2]

Patron Program

"The Patron Program is designed to increase your organization’s interaction with school foodservice and child nutrition professionals. Through this program, your company will enjoy greater exposure and access to school foodservice professionals nationwide."[3]

Patron Program member receive an "exclusive Annual Patron Meeting with presentations from the SNA Executive Team and SNA Senior Staff" and an "Exclusive opportunity to host Board of Directors Dinner at Committee Days, National Leadership Conference and Annual National Conference" in addition to other benefits.[4] As of 2011, SNA has 78 Patron members, which means they draw in a total of $780,000 annually from this program.

Current Patron Program members as of 2011 include:[5]

Board of Directors

As of 2011:[6]

  • President: Helen Phillips, SNS, Norfolk Public Schools
  • President-elect: Sandy Ford, SNS, Manatee County School District
  • Vice President: Leah Schmidt, SNS, Hickman Mills C-1 School District
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Beth Taylor, SNS, Special Projects Coordinator

Regional Directors

  • Northeast Regional Director: Jackie Fiorentino, SNS, Hingham Public School District
  • Mideast Regional Director: Linda Eichenberger, Oak Hills Local School District
  • Southeast Regional Director: Marilyn Moody, SNS, Wake County Public School System
  • Midwest Regional Director: Gay Anderson, Brandon Valley School District
  • Southwest Regional Director: Jody Houston, SNS, Corpus Christi ISD
  • West Regional Director: Wanda Grant, SNS, Palm Springs Unified School District
  • Northwest Regional Director: Ariane Maori Shanley, South Kitsap School District

Committee Chairs

  • Member Services Committee Chair: Chris Neal, SNS, Highline School District
  • Education Committee Chair: Jean Ronnei, SNS, St. Paul Public Schools
  • Nutrition Committee Chair: Diane Santoro, SNS, Orange County Food and Nutrition
  • Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair: Cindy Brooks, Seymour Public Schools
  • Research Committee Chair: Diane Schweitzer, SNS, School City of Hammond

Other Representatives

Industry Advisory Board

The SNA has an Industry Advisory Board which "supports SNA’s mission and vision by providing input and recommendations to the Association from an industry perspective and serves as liaisons to the industry membership in support of the Priority Issues of the Association." Board members serve to "enhance communications between industry members and SNA leadership." They make recommendation for the SNA's annual conference, including recommendations on workshops, breakout sessions, and the exhibit hall. They also recommend new ideas for the SNA's programs and projects, and they "serve as a sounding board for new programs under consideration."[7]

Industry Advisory Board Members include:[7]

Contact Details

School Nutrition Association
700 South Washington Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone (703) 739-3900
Fax (703) 739-3915
E-mail servicecenter AT

Other SourceWatch Resources


  1. "SNA Overview", accessed August 2007.
  2. Industry Member Dues, Accessed September 20, 2011.
  3. Patron Program, Accessed September 20, 2011.
  4. Patron Program, Accessed September 20, 2011.
  5. Patron List, Accessed September 20, 2011.
  6. Board of Directors, Accessed September 20, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Industry Advisory Board, Accessed September 20, 2011.
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