Plan of Action

Core Purpose:

Well‐nourished students prepared to succeed.

Vision:

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

Mission:

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

Objectives:

  • 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.

Strategies:

  • 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

Objectives:

  • 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.

Strategies:

  • 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

Objectives:

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

Strategies:

  • 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

Objectives:

  • 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

Strategies:

  • 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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