About Us

SNAM's Mission

"Be the primary resource that empowers our members to advance good nutrition and promote healthy lifestyles for Michigan children."

We are the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a non-profit professional association representing 60,000 members involved in the school food service industry. SNAM represents over 1,600 food service personnel in Michigan. Membership in both organizations is open to persons engaged in school food service or related activities in public, non-public schools, and colleges and universities.

Message from President

Sara Simmerman
Food & Nutrition Supervisor

Huron Valley Schools

A New Year – Successes and Challenges 

First, thanks to all of you that were able to attend our Annual Conference, “The Times They Are AChangin’."Next year our conference will be held at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, and we would love to see you attend.Ask anyone who attended – we had great speakers, educational sessions, lots of 70’s music and a wonderful DJ, Justin Forella.  

And the times will continue to change for us in the coming year and that means we continue to have a lot of work to do and initiatives to accomplish. President Elect Trump is unfamiliar with our program, there are changes in the House and Senate and it is up to us to make sure the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill will not include block grants or changes in CEP requirements.Legislators, school board members and any elected official visits to our schools are now more important than ever.I am expecting our National School Nutrition Association to put together another letter to the members of our House of Representatives and Congress that we will want to support.  

A little information about me:I am currently the Director for Huron Valley Schools in Highland MI.I have been at Huron Valley for 2 years, and previously I was the director for Dexter Community Schools and Washtenaw ISD.I have been in school food service for 25 years, and in my first 7 years I was with Carroll County Schools in Georgia.I love this profession and am still excited to go to work every day. 

While serving on the Executive Board, I have had the privilege of working with past presidents Karen Bissett, Kristen Hennessey and Marla Moss.The successful initiatives they began, some of which include stronger Leadership Development, a partnership with Michigan School Business Officials, expanding the relationships with MDE, CACFP and Farm to School.These are tough acts to follow.  

My goals as your president will be to continue the initiatives above and to add a few of my own.Statewide I want to discover new ways to reach out to all Michigan district and state employees, members and non-members a like.I want to partner with other associations that share and can help our common goal of feeding children, such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.We also want to share our information, challenges and successes with other Michigan educational groups, such as the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).  

My most ambitious emphasis will be on educating administrators, teachers, school board members and other groups on the importance of longer lunch periods for our students across the state.Many of our students just do not have enough time to eat the healthy, balanced meals we provide for them in a stress free and social environment.Students finishing their meals over garbage cans or throwing away nutritious food they don’t have time to finish is unacceptable.We need to start this change at the grass-roots level and educate our local schools boards which I refer to as the top of the “food chain”.They need to experience a student’s schedule throughout the day, including the bus ride to and from school, and actually feel for themselves the effects on learning when a meal is missed or only half-way eaten.  

I am so honored to be leading all of the hardworking and dedicated people of school nutrition - or as I like to be referred to as “Lunch Ladies and Lunch Men”.We make a lasting difference in so many lives.  

Thank you for this opportunity and I can’t wait to meet new faces and continue strengtheningall relationships as the year progresses.