What is SNAI?

The School Nutrition Association of Iowa is a state, nonprofit, professional organization representing more than 950 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the state.

The Association works to ensure all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education by:

  • Providing members with education and training

  • Setting standards through certification and credentialing

  • Gathering and transmitting regulatory, legislative, industry, nutritional and other types of information related to school nutrition
  • Representing the nutritional interests of all children

Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNAI advances the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education.

With Iowa’s state affiliates, SNAI local chapters and hundreds of school nutrition members and industry partners, SNAI brings a unique, firsthand perspective to child nutrition issues.

Vision, Mission, & Values

Be the authority and resource for school nutrition programs.

SNAI is Iowa’s state organization of school nutrition professionals committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy.


  • Collaboration, Relationship Building and Teamwork

  • Caring Commitment and Service

  • Lifelong Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles​

  • Passion for Lifelong Learning and Professional Development​

  • Integrity and Ethics

Strategic Plan of Action

I. Professional Development 

School nutrition professionals will continually improve their knowledge and skills to administer, manage, deliver, and sustain successful school meal programs.

II. Advocacy and Public Image 

Policy makers, school officials, parents and school nutrition professionals will rely on SNA as the leading advocate for school nutrition programs.

III. Membership and Community 

School nutrition programs nationwide will be strengthened through the engagement, leadership and collaboration among SNA’s members, state associations, the School Nutrition Foundation, allied partners and other stakeholders.

IV.  Governance and Operations

SNAI will have a financially sustainable funding model with a nimble governance and headquarters staff structure that is aligned with the strategic plan and reflects contemporary business practices.