COVID-19 Updates & Resources
This is an unprecedented time for schools. Watch for updates on how we are responding to the crisis, plus, find resources to help on the Illinois ASBO website and the School Nutrition Association website.

Illinois ASBO website

SNA website

Annual Conference Has Been Cancelled
It is with heavy hearts that we have made the decision to cancel the June Annual Conference this year. Please reference this letter from our president, Kristin Voigts, for more on this.

In lieu of being able to get CEUs at the June Annual Conference, we will be starting to send out weekly webinar emails which will contain webinars from SNA that can be taken for CEUs. Keep an eye out for these to start coming into your inbox every Friday. Thank you for all your hard work keeping kids fed during these times!

ILSNA 2021 Winter Conference
ILSNA 2021 Winter Conference
February 4 & 5, 2021
Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook IL

Though the June Annual Conference & Expo was unfortunately cancelled, we have already started planning for the ILSNA 2021 Winter Conference. Stay tuned for more details as they come!

ILSNA Has Transitioned to New Management!

ILSNA is excited to announce that as of March 1, 2020, we have moved the day-to-day management of our association to a new partnership with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. We believe this collaborative partnership between two school associations will provide new opportunities to better serve you.

How will this change impact you?
You may be contacted for some information to help our new team get to know you and the association. We look forward to providing a quality member experience and adding even more value for ILSNA members. If you have questions about your membership benefits, feel free to reach out to us at Our new contact number at the Illinois ASBO office will be (815) 753-9171.

Lawsuit Update

In April 2018, Illinois joined five other states and the District of Columbia in filing lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the 2018 Final Rule on flexibilities for whole grains, sodium and milk.

In a recent court filing, the federal government argued that states could not sue to block recent changes to the federally funded National School Lunch Program. Click here for more information.

On September 5, SNA filed an amicus brief. Visit this link for a summary and click here for the complete amicus brief. SNA will continue to monitor progress on the lawsuits and keep members updated on developments. In the meantime, the Final Rule's flexible sodium and whole grains guidance remains in effect.

SB2428 Hunger Free Students Bill of Rights Act
SB2428 was signed into law on August 26th thereby creating the Hunger Free Student Bill of Rights. The act takes effect immediately. Public and private schools participating in U.S. Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs are affected by the new law. Affected schools need to update their policies immediately to reflect the changes.


To read the full text of the act, click here.

Breakfast After the Bell Program

Breakfast After the Bell Program

Per PA 99-0850, starting SY2017-18, every public school in which at least 70 percent of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in October of the preceding year must operate a Breakfast after the Bell Program. Breakfast after the bell means breakfast is provided to children after the instructional day has officially begun and does not prohibit schools from also providing breakfast before instructional day begins. Schools may choose whatever delivery model that best suits the students.

2019 SNA Annual Conference Photo