Recent News

  • ✍ School Nutrition Services Executive Committee Nominations are Open!

    September 2020

    The SNS Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominees for the 2021-2022 Executive Committee. Elections will be held in February 2021 coinciding with Academy elections. Those elected take office on June 1, 2021.

    Available positions include:

    • Chair-Elect (3-year commitment)
    • Treasurer (2-year commitment)
    • Nominations Committee Member (2-year commitment)

    👉 Click here to learn more about each position.

    If you are interested in an elected position or nominating someone else, please complete this form by October 1st and a member of the Nominating Committee will follow up with you.

  • September is National Food Safety Month!

    September 2020

    Education for the day: some foods should always be washed, but others should be kept far away from the sink. Review these #foodsafety guidelines to learn more. #eatright #foodsafety

  • Looking for ways to earn #RDNCPE at home?

    September 2020

    The Academy offers a variety of convenient, recorded webinars! Learn more here! #eatrightPRO

  • ☕ Student Virtual Coffee Chat!

    September 2020

    Students - we invite you to sign up for a virtual coffee chat with an SNS DPG member. We will pair you with a professional in your field of interest. Network, ask questions, or just enjoy a nice cup of joe with a fellow member.

  • Research article by student and fellow member, Madeline Anastasia

    August 2020

    Culinary Interventions and Positive Nutritional Outcomes Among School-Aged Children

    My name is Madeline Anastasia and I just graduated from the University of New Hampshire majoring in Nutrition, Dietetics. I quickly became very passionate about nutrition after taking more in-depth classes, getting hands-on experience volunteering at diabetes camps, kids cooking classes, cooking matters, and activities of that nature.

    School nutrition is so important to me because after interacting with school-aged children, you see how impressionable they are at this age and how important it is for them to learn about nutrition. Next year I will still be attending the University of New Hampshire for my Masters in nutritional sciences to achieve my dream of becoming a registered dietitian!

  • ⌛ NOW is the time to send in your nomination packets for the 2020 SNS DPG AWARD OF EXCELLENCE!

    August 2020

    Please send the attached information to Jocelyn Karbo directly by August 31st, 2020.

  • ✍ FNCE® Student Stipend Application Deadline September 6

    August 2020

    Students who are planning on attending the 2020 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ virtual event can apply for a Foundation Student Stipend before registering. Stipends are made possible by the Foundation thanks to the generosity of dietetic practice groups, member interest groups, affiliates, and individual members.

    The application deadline is September 6. Apply today!

  • 👉 Interested in Volunteering with SNS DPG?

    August 2020

    As we start a new year, the SNS DPG Executive Committee is working to bring in-demand training to members, as well as identify individuals to serve in appointed positions. We want to fill positions on diversity & inclusion, awards & scholarships, electronic communications, newsletter, and policy & advocacy committees for one year term, with the potential to be reconsidered for the next year.

    Please complete a brief survey and we will follow up with you ASAP.

  • Time to get creative!

    August 2020

    What would you like to see for our SNS DPG FNCE® Virtual Networking Event? Share your ideas here.

  • 👉 An Update from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Academy

    July 2020

    “To more effectively address this important work and to support the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Task Force are diligently leading the efforts to make sure everyone's voice is heard, and they have the full support of the Academy’s Board. The Committee's initial recommendations to the Board include:

    1. Develop 30/60/90/120-day action plans for Board approval that include goals, anticipated outcomes, time frame, audience and listeners
    2. Design and conduct diversity and inclusion-focused engagement forums to listen and learn from our various stakeholders with outreach questions, rules of civility and a robust feedback delivery format

    Continue Reading...

  • ✍ Keep up the productive quarantining with free CPEs!

    July 2020

    The Academy's CPE On-Demand program provides FREE self-study modules highlighting new research, consumer trends, and science-based topics. Sign Up Here.

  • #FNCE 2020 is going virtual and will be held October 17 to 20!

    July 2020

    This decision was made to keep attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More! #eatrightPRO

  • Educate Yourself! Resources for a Stronger Allyship

    July 2020

    📚 Books to Read

    1. How to Be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
    2. White Fragility - Robin Diangelo
    3. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
    4. Between The World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    5. The Autobiography of Malcom X - Alex Haley and Malcom X
    6. Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: Books For Children And Young Adults
    7. Children's Books To Support Conversations On Race, Racism And Resistance
    8. Citizen – Claudia Rankine

    🧏 Listen

    1. Code Switch (NPR)
    2. 1619 (New York Times)
    3. About Race
    4. Parenting Forward Podcast Episode
    5. 'Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons With Cindy Wang Brandt'
    6. Fare Of The Free Child Podcast
    7. About Race
    8. Intersectionality Matters! Hosted By Kimberlé Crenshaw
    9. Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

    📰 Read

    1. The Death of George Floyd in Context
    2. I was the Mayor of Minneapolis and I know Our Cops, Have a Problem - R. T. Rybak
    3. The 1619 Project
    4. For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies
    5. How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change - Barack Obama
    6. Pbs's Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
    7. Your Kids Aren't Too Young To Talk About Race: Resource Roundup From Pretty Good
    8. Detour-Spotting
    9. Why It's Not Enough To Admit When You're Being Racist: "Challenge Those Racist Ideas"

    📺 Watch

    1. The 13th
    2. When They See Us (Ava Duvernay) - Netflix
    3. I Am Not Your Negro
    4. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Roots
    5. The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) - Hulu With Cinemax
    6. Black Feminism & The Movement For Black Lives: Barbara Smith
    7. Reina Gossett
    8. Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
    9. See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) - Netflix
    10. Selma (Ava Duvernay) - Available To Rent
    11. The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution - Available To Rent

    📲 Follow

    The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon

    🧑 💻 Interact

    Talking About Race Web Portal by The National Museum of African American History & Culture

  • 👟 Gyms are closed and many of you may be taking your exercise routines outdoors

    June 2020

    Appetites may increase and the good news is, snacks can be a nutritious part of a runner’s eating plan.

    In honor of #NationalRunningDay, try these ideas.

  • Manage Stress During COVID-19

    June 2020

    During the #COVID19 outbreak, learn how to manage stress in healthful ways and cope with isolation. #eatright

  • COVID-19 Update

    June 2020

    Get more science-based information about supporting health with good nutrition and other important tips to keep your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • 👉 Nutrition and dietetics students: Looking for ways to get involved with the Academy?

    June 2020

    Apply to be a student liaison!

    Learn about this volunteer role!

    #eatrightPRO #futureRDN

  • ◆ Nominate yourself or a colleague for the SNS DPG Award of Excellence!

    June 2020

    All nominations are due July 1 and can be submitted here.

  • 💻 FREE webinar: Opportunities and Challenges in Providing School Meals in the Wake of COVID-19

    May 2020

    Date: May 19
    Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (CDT)

    This free webinar is available to members and nonmembers through the generosity of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Our Foundation needs your help now more than ever — please donate today.

    RDNs and NDTRs are working hard with other school nutrition professionals to provide school meals to children in their local communities while our nation continues to deal with  an unprecedented public health emergency.

    State agency leadership from three states will provide an overview of the progression of USDA policy changes requested from the state agencies to support local districts in receiving necessary flexibilities to successfully provide meals during COVID-19.

    The future of school meals will be impacted by COVID-19 requiring RDNs and NDTRs to understand how to advocate and support the national school meal program moving forward. An Academy advocacy representative will provide information on the latest updates and answer questions associated with school meals.

    Planned with the School Nutrition Services DPG

    Register Here

  • 👉 May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

    May 2020

    Visit the links below to celebrate and learn with your family while #stayingathome

  • ⌛ Last call for latebreaking FNCE® abstracts!

    May 2020

    Interested in submitting a late-breaking abstract for #FNCE? Review the criteria and submit a
    proposal by May 30.

  • 🍎 June 30th Deadline to renew Academy membership!

    May 2020

    The deadline to renew your Academy membership is approaching! Take a few minutes to renew today.

  • 🎉 Congratulations to our SNS DPG Policy & Advocacy Leader, Jeanne Reilly, NDTR

    May 2020

    Jeanne Reilly, NDTR, has been named Maine’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year!

  • Member Poll

    May 2020

    We want to hear from you! 💬

    As we plan for next school year, what would you like to know more about to strengthen your school nutrition program? We will spotlight a member with insight on the topic of your choice!

    1. Farm-To-School
    2. Summer Food Service Program
    3. Alternative Breakfast Models
    4. Menu Planning and Recipe Development
    5. Procurement
    6. Federal Review Guidance
  • The Academy’s National Honors and Awards recognize outstanding nutrition and dietetics professionals

    February 2020

    Submit nominations by March 1, 2020

  • CDR is bringing Certificate of Training: Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management to the Big Easy!

    February 2020

    Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management

    Event Date: March 16-18, 2020

    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

    Registration Deadline: March 2, 2020

    Pre-Work Deadline: 16 hours of pre-work to be completed by March 9, 2020

    This program provides 35 CPEs and the cost is $370.  

    Register today and join your fellow colleagues for this exciting opportunity!

  • USDA has announced its Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development

    February 2020

    The grant will assist states in helping schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences.


    ✍️Important Deadlines:

    February 21, 2020: Letter of Intent
    April 3, 2020: Application Submission


    Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.

  • Member Poll

    February 2020

    We want to hear from you! 💬

    As we plan for next school year, what would you like to know more about to strengthen your school nutrition program? We will spotlight a member with insight on the topic of your choice!

    1. Farm-To-School
    2. Summer Food Service Program
    3. Alternative Breakfast Models
    4. Menu Planning and Recipe Development
    5. Procurement
    6. Federal Review Guidance
  • SNS Executive Committee Slate of Candidates for 2020-2021

    January 2020

    Your SNS Nominating Committee is pleased to share the slate of candidates for office for the 2020-21 year. ⏳ Voting will begin on February 1, 2020.


    • Jocelyn Karbo, MBA, RDN, SNS
    • Dalia Kinsey, RD, LD, SNS
    • Melissa Manning, RDN


    • Maria Anderson, MS, RD, SNS
    • Stacy Lofton, MS, RD, SNS

    Nominating Committee

    • Ryan Cengel, MS, MA, RD, LD, CPT, SNS
    • Anh-Tram Pham, MPH, RD

    HOD Delegate

    • Shennie Quintanilla, MS, RD, LD
    • Theresa Stretch, MS, RDN, CP-FS
  • We need your help! Let us know what you think about the new website. 👩‍💻

    January 2020

    Our Website Steering Committee wants to know what features you like, dislike, and want to know more about. The new website will serve as a hub for staying engaged and up-to-date on the latest news and events. Share your input here.

  • January is National Soup Month and the perfect time to prepare a warm bowl of soup! 🍜

    January 2020

    If you have a weakness for Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup, try this recipe that is packed with fiber and made with low-fat Greek yogurt. Creamy Broccoli Soup #eatright #NationalSoupMonth

  • Last Call for Award Nominations!

    December 2019

    We are seeking nominees for both national awards and our 2020 SNS DPG Award of Excellence. Please help us recognize and celebrate those who are doing great work in school nutrition. Awardees will be recognized at FNCE® 2020 in Indianapolis. Nominees must be members of the SNS DPG. Self-nominations are accepted.

    Nomination submission deadline: January 10, 2020

    Contact Jocelyn Karbo for any questions regarding the awards.

    Thank you for all the great work that you do every day to serve students healthy school meals!

    Submit Nominations Here!

  • Policy: H.R. 5283- The School Modernization and Efficient Access to Lunches for Students Act of 2019

    December 2019

    On December 3, 2019, Representative Marcia Fudge (DOH11) introduced the School Modernization and Efficient Access to Lunches for Students Act of 2019 or School MEALS Act of 2019 H.R. 5283. The bill provides states with funding to improve their direct certification processes and increases flexibility for school districts to implement the Community Eligibility Provision, increasing access to free school meals for vulnerable students.

    “With more than ten million children struggling with food insecurity across the country, free school meals are critical to fighting childhood hunger,” said Rep. Fudge. “I am proud to introduce the School MEALS Act to expand access to school nutrition programs that enable students to maintain a nutritious diet and stay healthy and focused in the classroom.

    Improvements to direct certification and community eligibility will help to reduce barriers that prevent eligible students from receiving the nutritious school meals they deserve.” This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

  • Policy: H.R. 5308- A bill that would expand access to free meals

    December 2019

    On December 5, 2019, Representative Tim Ryan (DOH13) introduced H.R. 5308, the Expanding Access to School Meals Act. The bill expands the poverty threshold for free school lunch and breakfast eliminates the reduced-price category, expands CEP and allows States to use Medicaid and CHIP participation data to directly certify students. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

  • Updated Eatright Essentials Handouts

    December 2019

    Looking for new materials for nutrition education? The Eat Right Store just released updated and redesigned downloadable handouts containing practical tips and tools to use with clients or groups. Also included is a set of 15 handouts plus a blank page to customize with notes. Each topic-specific handout is two pages, full color and easy to read.

    Get your copies here:
    Heart-Healthy Eating Healthy Eating on a Budget

  • Slate of Candidates: 2020 National Election

    December 2019

    The Academy and the Commission on Dietetic Registration Nominating Committees are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2020 national ballot, chosen from many excellent nominees. Candidates' biographical information will be available online in late December. Thanks to all who participated in the nominations process.

    Voting takes place February 1 through February 15, 2020. Learn more!

  • New Year, New Website! 🤩

    Stay tuned for the official launch of the new SNS DPG website. We will be sending out e-blasts in the upcoming months, highlighting new features and sharing tutorials so that members can easily navigate the site. The new website will serve as a hub for staying engaged and up-to-date on the latest news and events - enjoy!