Plan of Action

Core Purpose:

Well‐nourished students prepared to succeed.


Every student has access to nutritious meals at school, ensuring their optimal health and well‐being.


Empowering school nutrition professionals to advance the accessibility, quality and integrity of school nutrition programs.

Core Values

Integrity: Act ethically and responsibly, always.
Inclusion: Embrace different perspectives and ideas from SNA’s diverse membership.
Collaboration: Share strategies and solutions to achieve professional excellence.
Commitment: Embody care and compassion for student well‐being.
Innovation: Drive change with creativity and strategic thinking.
Courage: Resolve to protect and defend school nutrition programs.

Professional Development Goal


  • Increase awareness of resources and opportunities through MSNA to enable members to meet professional standards.
  • Increase availability and improve the quality of training/educational opportunities related to school nutrition programs.


  • Utilize social media, email, and professional forums as platforms to increase and promote current and future programs and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with DOE/CNS to strengthen relationships and promote Child Nutrition meetings/trainings at MSNA and DOE/CNS events.
  • Align trainings with Professional Standards.
  • Promote allied organizations such as USDA, Institute of Child Nutrition, Fuel Up to Play 60, Let’s Go, 5-2-1-0, Full Plates Full Potential, Maine Hunger Initiative, and Good Shepherd Food Bank


Responsibility: Education Committee, Communications Committee, Executive Board

Advocacy and Public Image


  • Increase efforts to educate policy makers and other decision‐makers on the value, scope, and complexity of school nutrition programs.
  • Work collaboratively with state and local agencies to ensure all Maine children receive free breakfast and lunch at school.
  • Increase efforts to enhance the public’s perception of school nutrition professionals and school nutrition programs.
  • Increase the recognition of school nutrition programs and sustainable food security as a critical part of the education process.
  • Provide advocacy training for MSNA members.
  • Increase school administrators’ understanding of the business of operating school nutrition programs.
  • Increase the recognition of MSNA members as the experts on school nutrition and the primary resource for program direction.


  • Utilize allied agencies to increase and promote public awareness on health and nutrition topics.
  •  Contact local, state, and national officials to effectively communicate and promote MSNA positions and to gain support.
  • Provide access to toolkits, links, and public relations materials.
  • Provide information to members and the public on state and national issues.
  • Provide ongoing advocacy trainings for school nutrition professionals at conferences and through the association website.
  • Partner with other professional and state organizations to find better ways to meet our goals together.


Responsibility: Communications Committee, Executive Board, Legislative Committee, Education Committee

Membership and Community


  • Increase satisfaction and engagement among MSNA’s Membership
  • Increase efforts to recognize MSNA members and showcase all efforts across the State of Maine.


  • Reach out to members whose membership is lapsing or in the Grace period
  • Offer virtual trainings or the ability for members to utilize remote services.
  • Utilize social media and other platforms to interact with our members.
  • Work to make sure our members email is accurate to make sure all correspondence gets to our members.
  • Provide a mentoring program for new directors
  • Promote and educate people on the benefits of membership.


Responsibility: Communications Committee, Executive Board, Membership Committee, Industry Committee, Education Committee

Governance and Operations


  • Maintain fiscal viability while supporting members and advocacy activities.
  • Increase membership and transparency in all activities
  • Promote and encourage the development of MSNAs Future leaders
  • Increase meetings to be virtual and in person to benefit more of our State membership


  • Look at different, innovative revenue opportunities and allocate funds to appropriate accounts.
  • Hold virtual meetings in between board meetings to keep momentum on projects and deadlines.
  • Utilize members’ dues to directly support as many members as we can
  • Encourage standing committees to prepare standard Operating Procedures to assist in committee member transitions.
  • Work on grant and funding opportunities within the state of Maine as well as with other State School Nutrition Associations.


Responsibility: All Maine School Nutrition Board Members

President – Plan of Action

Tina Fabian 2021/2022

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