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Congratulations to our SNA and MSNA Award Winners!

Read more about these winners below.

Can You Believe It? Annual Conference Season is Upon Us!

MSNA President-Elect's Message

Summer is almost here, and with that, Annual Conference planning! Emily Malone, MSNA President-Elect, shares the Annual Conference theme and what we should expect at the 2024 State Conference, plus, learn what else is happening this year for MSNA.

Look what's waiting for you in August!


About the Conference

Be a part of "MSNA for All" at the 2024 Annual Conference on August 4-7th at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center. As school is winding down, that means it's time to get registered! Attendee Early Bird rates end July 10th.


MSNA industry members, gain a competitive edge and position yourself as a leader in school nutrition by supporting MSNA’s unique sponsorship program! Join us as a sponsor during the Annual Conference or during other events throughout the year. Check out the prospectus to learn more.


The Best Type of Networking: At the Saints Game!

Go out with a bang! this school year by joining MSNA Industry and School Nutrition members for Socialize at the Saints. Enjoy a buffet of ballpark favorites and watch the St. Paul Saints take on the Toledo Mud Hens - for only $25!

 Note that this event is only for MSNA members, individuals belonging to an MSNA industry member organization, and any guests accompanying a member. Significant others/guests are welcome! (Only 1 guest per member registration, please.) Please pay via credit card at the time of registration. 

Members in the News

May 15th

 MSNA President Michele Hawkinson, President-elect Emily Malone, and Vice President Glen Ritter presented at the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO) conference on "What's Next in Free School Meals: Seeing Down the Line for your District". MSNA also hosted a booth at the exhibit show.

 Check out photos here.

March 18th

 A variety of lunch heroes were recognized at their schools in honor of School Lunch Hero Day! Congratulations to:

  • Minnesota’s Director of the Year: Julie Kronabetter, Burnsville Eagan Savage ISD 191
  • Manager of the Year: Sandra Hirdler, Brooklyn Middle STEAM School
  • Employee of the Year: Melissa Willhite, Tracy Area Schools
  • MSNA Hero Award: Pat Tasse, Five Hawks Elementary
  • MSNA Hero Site Award: Alexandria Area High School

View photos and read about the heroes here.


May 21st

 Brooklyn Middle STEAM School’s nutrition manager, Sandra Hirdler, is highlighted in the Sun Post for being named School Nutrition Association 2024 Midwest Region Manager of the Year.

 Read the article here.


Thank you to everyone who participated in School Lunch Hero Day!

Thank you for sending us your photos and sharing these special moments.

We are happy to share them with the school nutrition community on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

June 18: Socialize at the Saints Networking Event

 July 10: Annual Conference Attendee Early Bird Deadline

 July 14-16: SNA Annual Conference, Boston, MA

 August 4-7: MSNA Annual Conference, St. Cloud, MN

 See the Full Events Calendar Here


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