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There may have been some unintended confusion in the conference information eBlast that went out earlier.  The pre-conference sessions on Friday are geared to Food Service Directors but not exclusively.  The rest of the conference agenda has something for EVERYONE!!

Link to Attendee Brochure: CLICK HERE!   

*** Conference Registration has been extended to Friday, September 29th!!***

Link to CREDIT CARD ONLY! online conference registration: CLICK HERE!

Link to CHECK ONLY! online conference registration: CLICK HERE!

For Lodging Reservations at the Holiday Inn Executive Center: MSNA Lodging Reservations
or call HIEC at 573-445-8531.  Be sure to mention you are with the MSNA Annual Conference to receive the reduced rate.
Guest Check-In 4:00 pm on the day of arrival.  Check out time is 11:00 am.

Hotel Reservation Cutoff is Tuesday, September 12, 2023     

***Hotel Cutoff has been extended to Monday, September 25!!***

No Registration Refunds after Friday, September 29, 2023.


Additional Information About Friday’s Pre-Conference Sessions:

Friday’s Pre-Conference Sessions – All Directors (new directors and a refresher for other directors) – pre-registration and payment required – includes lunch!

According to DESE’s Food & Nutrition Services, about 60% of Missouri’s food service directors are new or have been on the job 6 months or less.  The pre-conference session is being done a little differently this year and being geared towards new food service directors or FSDs that want a refresher.   There will be two separate sessions.  The first one from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm is “Forecasting & Procurement”.

General concepts about basic forecasting for the procurement of foods in Child Nutrition Programs are covered during this session. This training does not discuss federal regulations pertaining to the procurement system. Key topic areas:

  • Stakeholders’ responsibilities and expectations
  • How menus determine goods and services that must be competitively procured
  • Inventory management, product movement, and cost management
  • Product categories, screening, and specifications
  • CN labeling
  • Accurate forecasting of products

The second session from 1:00 – 5:00 pm is “Essential Key Performance Indicators”

The course objectives are:

  • Calculate meal equivalents and apply the information to measure the performance of school nutrition programs.
  • Calculate average daily participation (ADP) and apply the information for forecasting and making decisions pertaining to labor, food purchasing, and menu planning.
  • Interpret and analyze revenues on a monthly report to monitor trends of the current period, the previous period, and year-to-date of the school nutrition program.
  • Interpret and analyze expenditures on a monthly report to monitor and identify monthly and annual trends.
  • Calculate revenue per meal equivalent to determine if there is sufficient revenue to cover meal costs.
  • Calculate cost per meal equivalent to ensure the costs to produce a meal does not exceed the revenue per meal equivalent.
  • Calculate the cost as a percentage of revenue or operating ratios to analyze food cost or labor cost.
  • Calculate break-even point to determine the financial feasibility of a new program, making better financial decisions, and creating annual benchmark goals.
  • Calculate and analyze the efficient monthly and annual use of inventory to control food and supply costs.
  • Calculate Meals per Labor Hour and apply the information to measure the productivity and production efficiency of the school nutrition program.
  • Calculate staff turnover rate to determine how often positions must be filled.
  • Calculate and analyze the time employees miss work to control labor cost.


You can register for either of the sessions for $50.00 each or register for both for $90.00.  Lunch is provided with any of the pre-conference registrations.


Opening Keynote Speaker, Neil Ihda

Join Neil, founder of Life IQ www.lifeiq.com at the Opening Session on Saturday, October 14, 2023.  His topic will be “Joy Spreaders” – Who they are, what makes them tick, and why you desperately need them in your organization.


Closing Keynote Speaker, Holly Hoffman

Then round out the weekend with Holly, the last woman standing on Season 21 of Survivor Nicaragua, when she shares “Never Give Up – The Survivor Way” during the Closing Session on Sunday, October 15, 2023.  Holly explains the importance of taking opportunities, how to deal with adversity and change, and understanding the value of relationships.  Visit Holly’s website https://hollyhoffman.com

In addition, both Keynotes will have breakout sessions on Saturday.  Watch for more information coming soon!!



MSNA 2023 Potential Vendors!  There is a lot of valuable information in the 2023 Vendor Prospectus.  Information about set-up, tear-down, show hours, kitchen access requirement, help with sample preparation, the purse raffle for funding various member scholarships, sponsoring annual conference events for additional recognition, events on Friday and Saturday evenings., and much more!


To view the 2023 MSNA Vendor Prospectus CLICK HERE!



To view the 2023 Vendor Hall Layout CLICK HERE!
**Please view the vendor hall layout link above before clicking on the registration links below.  You will be asked in the online registrations to select 3 preferred booth locations so be prepared!**


Here is the vendor registration link for CREDIT CARD PAYMENT ONLY! CLICK HERE!


Here is the vendor registration link for CHECK PAYMENT ONLY! CLICK HERE!


Here is the Holiday Inn Executive Center order form for additional booth amenities such as extra tables, booth carpet, dedicated hardwired high speed internet service, and electrical service. CLICK HERE!   ** Please use the email EDelgado_Rea@holidaycolumbia.com as indicated on the first page of the form.  The email sales@holidaycolumbia.com is a catch-all email and not checked on a regular basis.**


Vendor Lodging Reservation Link: Vendor Lodging Reservations

Hotel Cutoff is Monday, September 25, 2023

or call HIEC at 573-445-8531.  Be sure to mention you are with the MSNA Annual Conference to receive the reduced rate.
Guest Check-In 4:00 pm on the day of arrival.  Check out time is 11:00 am.


MSNA 2023 Annual Conference, October 13, 14 & 15, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203

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