Advocacy Tools

SNA members are the strongest advocates for child nutrition programs, as you are the experts in providing healthful and tasty meals to students throughout the year. However, it can often be hard to figure out where to start. Below is a collection of information that not only covers tips on how to lobby the U.S. Congress, but also templates and handouts that can be used both at the federal and state level. Take time to peruse and make these handouts your own! For any further questions or issues, please contact the Government Affairs & Media Relations Center at SNA.

For information on advocacy at the state and grassroots level, please visit our State Policy page.

SNA 2020 Position Paper
Review SNA’s Position Paper and visit the LAC 2020 Resources page for supporting fact sheets, talking points and other tools.

Stop the Block Resources
Proposals to block grant funding for school meal programs would put students at risk. SNA spearheaded the Stop the Block Coalition and website ( to defeat block grant proposals. Utilize the following resources as you advocate to protect our children and preserve school meals:

Block Grant Infographic
This one page infographic provides a quick, visual overview of the dangers of block grants.

Block Grant Fact Sheet
This two page fact sheet discusses block grant proposals in greater detail.

Block Grant Presentation
This customizable presentation is designed to help SNA members communicate to colleagues and officials at the state and local level the harmful impact of proposals to block grant school nutrition programs.

Block Grant Calculator   
Use this calculator to view a detailed breakdown of the impact of block grants on your school’s nutrition program.

Benefits of School Meals
Educate your legislators on the benefits of school meals. These fact sheets share research demonstrating the role that the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program play in supporting obesity prevention, overall student health and academic achievement.

District Profile Worksheet
Print and complete a district profile sheet for each of your schools so that you have your relevant information ready to share with your lawmakers!

School Nutrition in ESSA
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that each state create and implement a plan for academic success. Learn how you can advocate for school nutrition programs as part of your state’s ESSA plan.

How to Lobby
Nervous about lobbying your Member of Congress? These quick tips will show you easy it can be!

How a Bill Becomes a Law  
Curious about how a bill becomes a law? This thorough information guide should answer all of your questions.

Cafteria Site Visits
Cafeteria Site Visits give legislators a first-hand look into how school nutrition programs operate. Interested in hosting a visit? SNA has created an array of useful resources to help you get started, including the Cafeteria Visits 101 Toolkit.

Creating a Policy Message
Need some help on developing a policy message? This should help get you started.

Budget and Appropriations Process  
We know the U.S. Budget and Appropriations Process can be complicated! This guide should help clarify the process and the impact on Child Nutrition Programs.

Legislation vs. Regulation  
What’s the difference between a piece of legislation and a regulation and how it impacts your daily work life? The following information should help answer your questions!

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SNA State Associations

The School Nutrition Association has a presence in every state across the country. View links to many of the state associations to find out more about what SNA is doing nationwide. 

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