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

Mary Kurkowski
Director of Food & Nutrition

Port Huron Area School District

This year’s conference, “Painting our way to Child Nutrition” was an amazing experience. Thank you to everyone that attended and helped make the conference a venue for education, professional growth, and good times with old and new friends. I am so blessed and thankful to be part of such an amazing professional organization.

As your President, I look forward to working with all of you in making our organization a strong voice in advocating for child nutrition. I encourage all of you to get involved because creating a safe haven with healthy options for our children will change your life.

We will continue to provide great service to our students and communities. Please share your experiences as we all learn and grow. I am very excited to announce that SNAM will be working with SNA and the Michigan Department of Education to enroll 200 Michigan school nutrition professionals by October 25, 2018. Let’s celebrate this goal together as this is the weekend of our next School Nutrition Association of Michigan Conference in Lansing.

Share and grow by participating in the Steps Challenge at www.school nutrition.org/steps and start your personal wellness program today. We had twenty-six members participate in the early morning walking tour of Grand Rapids at our past conference. Let’s increase this number to fifty participants for 2018. Get your staff to sign up and model good nutrition to our students. Get healthier, happier, and more active with this free program from SNA.

Membership is very important to the growth and sustainability of our organization. I encourage all of you to look at getting your district signed up through District Wide Membership (SDM). Show your staff that you value and respect them as professionals. District wide membership is cost effective and easy to maintain. Membership is the first step to maintaining professional standards.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for being committed to feeding our children healthy, nutritious meals every day. We are no longer a lunch program, but a Child Nutrition program that fuels our children so they are ready to learn and further their knowledge. We not only provide meals through the school breakfast, lunch, snack and after school supper program, we are able to now service students through the summer food program and the great start readiness program. We as a whole community are committed tofeeding the Whole Child the Whole Year! I had the great privilege in presenting our “Whole Hearts”to the Michigan Association of School Boards at their annual conference. Diane Golzynski, MDE Interim Director and Carolyn Thomas, Macomb/St.Clair Food Service Consultant partnered with me.

We have the greatest mission in the world my friends— Feeding our children.

Thank you for your work today, tomorrow and the many great years to come. Please do not hesitate to contact me if SNAM can better serve you.

All the Best,

Mary Kurkowski, President