Advocacy and Legislative Initiatives

Welcome to the Advocacy and Legislative page of the Alabama School Nutrition Association (ASNA). We are dedicated to championing the cause of school nutrition and advocating for policies that promote the health and well-being of Alabama's students. Through our legislative initiatives, we strive to create positive changes that impact school nutrition programs across the state.

Our Mission

At ASNA, our mission is to be the leading voice for school nutrition professionals in Alabama. We actively engage in advocacy efforts to influence legislation and policies that support the delivery of nutritious meals to students, fostering an environment where they can thrive both academically and physically.

Legislative Priorities

1. Nutrition Standards:

We advocate for and support legislation that establishes and maintains high nutrition standards for school meals. These standards ensure that students have access to wholesome, balanced meals that contribute to their overall health and well-being.

2. Funding for School Nutrition Programs:

ASNA actively works towards securing adequate funding for school nutrition programs. Adequate financial support is essential to providing quality meals, innovative programs, and professional development opportunities for our dedicated school nutrition professionals.

3. Access to Healthy Food:

We strive to eliminate barriers to accessing healthy food for all students. This includes advocating for policies that address food insecurity, promote farm-to-school programs, and encourage community partnerships to enhance nutrition education.

Get Involved

Your support is crucial in advancing our advocacy and legislative initiatives. Here's how you can get involved:

  • Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with our latest advocacy efforts by visiting the School Nutrition Association's Action Network page at

  • Contact Your Legislators: Advocate for school nutrition by reaching out to your local representatives. We provide resources and information to help you communicate the importance of supporting school nutrition programs. Find your elected officials here:

  • Join ASNA: Become a member of ASNA to actively participate in our advocacy initiatives. Membership provides a unified voice and strength in numbers to effect positive change.

Legislative Updates

Stay informed about the latest legislative developments related to school nutrition in Alabama. We provide regular updates on proposed bills, policy changes, and other legislative matters that impact our mission.

For specific details on our current legislative priorities, ongoing initiatives, and how you can make a difference, please contact our Public Policy and Legislative Chair Shan Burkhardt at [email protected].

Thank you for joining us in advocating for the health and well-being of Alabama's students through school nutrition.