SNA Awards

SNA Awards Program

Effective September 2021, the School Nutrition Association has made some major changes to the SNA Awards Program so all members can be recognized for their hard work to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success.

Nominations must be submitted online by Tuesday, March 1, 2022. There are SNA awards to recognize every member type:

Congratulations goes out to the 2021-2022 MSNA Director of the Year, Patti Turner. Patti is the Food Service Director for Kirbyville R-VI School District.
Patti has applied for and received equipment grants for every school in her district. Those grants have allowed the district to purchase new convention/steamer/smoker ovens district wide. Patti has lead her schools to over 50% breakfast participation and 60% lunch participation. She has been instrumental in every full time child nutrition employee being ServSafe Certified and every child nutrition employee trained to perform CPR and first aide. She ensures that parents, district and school administration staff, and the school board members are up to date and aware of changes effecting the child nutrition program in the district.
Patti has served as the MSNA Southwest Central Region Regional Director and has served as the Local Arrangements Committee Chair for the MSNA Annual Conference.
Thank you Patti for being the embodiment of the SNA logo “Feeding Bodies. Fueling Minds.”
A big shout out to Sharon Owensby, Catering Manager for Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit R-VII school district. Sharon is the 2021-2022 MSNA State Manager of the Year… AND she is the SNA Midwest Region Manager of the Year… AND she is the SNA National Manager of the Year!
Sharon began her career at Lee’s Summit R7 13 years ago as a middle school manager before moving to a high school position. Sharon now serves as the District Catering Manager.
Sharon has always put her students first by doing special themed days, hosting Nutrition Councils to get the student’s input on menu items and is always introducing items that students have requested such as yogurt smoothies, yogurt parfaits, fruit salads, fresh fruit and veggie cups, bento boxes, unique entree salads, hummus and most recently, a coffee bar. She always ensures her staff knows the students names and greets them with a smile.
Because of Sharon’s creativity and the quality of the meals she provides to the students daily, she has always been asked to prepare meals for football banquets, pancake breakfasts, staff meetings, chili dinners, etc. From proms to homecoming the staff and students know they can rely on her to give them exactly what they want and it will make their event perfect.
Sharon has earned the respect of everyone in her kitchen. She works side by side with them and would never ask them to do something she would not do herself. She knows if her staff is happy and enjoys what they are doing, they will provide great customer service to the students and that drives participation.
On May 2 Sharon was recognized at an online SNA Awards Ceremony and will be recognized at the MSNA State Convention in November at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO
Congratulations Sharon!

3% Participation Increase

The 3% Increase Participation Awards for the 2021-2022 school year have been updated.   The submission date is July 1, 2022.

Download the Breakfast 2021-2022 3% Increase Participation Form  and the Lunch 2021-2022 3% Increase Participation Form using these links.

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The School Nutrition Foundation is teaming up with the industry partners to provide new kitchen equipment to deserving districts! Apply now for the 2022 SNF Equipment Grant Program, featuring applications for not one but FIVE grants!

Thank you to our generous donors: Winston Foodservice, Vulcan and Hobart (Divisions of ITW/FEG), Food Warming Equipment (FWE), Cambro Manufacturing, Innoseal Systems, Sterling Manufacturing, Sterno Delivery, and TekVisions!

The 2022 Equipment Grants Application(s) will open on October 1, 2021. Eligible applicants have the opportunity to win equipment grants, each worth between $20,000 to $100,000 of equipment. Applications and photos must be submitted by a school nutrition director. The recipients will be notified in late-March. This year, only finalists will be asked to submit a 2-3-minute video.

Learn more and download applications.

Achieve your educational dreams with an education scholarship from the School Nutrition Foundation! Professional Development Scholarships provide SNA members with funding for tuition and books for the following school year.

To find out more and for the application, click HERE!

For more information and applications about the SNA Conference Scholarships, CLICK HERE!

This $1000 scholarship opportunity provides current MSNA members the opportunity to attend the SNA Annual National Conference in Orlando, FL from July 10-12, 2022.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Scholarship awarded Wednesday, June 22, 2022

For scholarship application, CLICK HERE!

For supervisor approval form, CLICK HERE!

Our first Missouri Scholarship for School Food Service employees and/or their children was named after Earl Langkop.  He is believed to the the first State Director of Food Services in Missouri.  He started the job July 1, 1948 and retired March 31, 1975.  Mr. Langkop was found to be truly concerned with the quality of meals served in Missouri Schools.  The scholarship fund that bears his name was started to honor him at the time of his retirement.  He died about a year after his retirement.

Please click here for the Earl Langkop Scholarship Application.

David R. Page was the Director of Food Services in St. Louis and instrumental in starting the Missouri School Food Service Association in 1954.  Mr. Page served as President of the association in 1965-66.  He also served as President of ASFSA and was involved in that association.  Mr. Page was a strong proponent of staff development and continuing education.  Thus, when he died suddenly, the food service and school personnel of St. Louis set up a scholarship fund through Missouri School Nutrition Association, formerly MSFSA for the further development of current school food service personnel through tuition payment and registration fees related to continuing education activities. MSNA, formerly MSFSA is also authorized to utilize this fund for statewide professional development programs, but has been fortunate not to have to utilize it for that purpose, leaving it to benefit individuals.

Click here for the David R. Page Scholarship Application

To: All Missouri School Nutrition Association (MSNA) members

From: MSNA Board of Directors

Subject: Pursuing Excellence in Child Nutrition Scholarship

Date: October 1, 2019

The Missouri School Nutrition Association Pursuing Excellence in Child Nutrition scholarship program for MSNA members wishing to become Certified and/or Credentialed:

SNA’s Certification Program is based on the standards of practice and indicators in the Keys to Excellence in School Food and Nutrition Programs that define nationally accepted standards for quality programs. MSNA encourages every member to become nationally Certified and/or Credentialed through the SNA professional development program. To help make it possible, MSNA will reimburse every member for the first year application fee associated with the level of Certification/Credentialing, along with the exam fee for Credentialing.

Certification: All Levels

Any MSNA member pursuing SNA Certification can apply for reimbursement for the application fees ($18-$33). After successfully achieving any new level of Certification, MSNA members can also apply for reimbursement for the application fee associated with advancing to a new level ($21-$33).


MSNA members wishing to become Credentialed will be reimbursed for the testing fees ($225) when they successfully pass the examination. In addition, newly Credentialed members will be eligible to receive reimbursement for their first year dues ($70).

Go to the SNA website and click on the Education and Professional Development tab for complete eligibility requirements.

For MSNA Certification/Credentialing Reimbursement Request Form, Click HERE!