SNA News Releases

Read SNA Oral Testimony at Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Second Meeting

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January 17, 2014 – The second meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee took place January 13-14, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. SNA was in attendance to monitor the conversations among the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, as well as observe the public testimony. You can learn more about the Dietary Guidelines process at and submit written comments for the committee’s consideration.

Marla Caplon, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, provided oral testimony on behalf of the Association. You can read her testimony here, which reflects written comments submitted.

Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill With Competitive Foods Waiver Report Language

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January 17, 2014 – This week, the U.S. Congress has passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill for the federal government. Contained within the accompanying report is language directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide a one-year waiver option for LEAs that certify they cannot implement the upcoming “Smart Snacks” rule and/or the school breakfast program without incurring increased costs.

This waiver option would only be for the school year 2014-2015. The report language does not have the force of law, but is important, as it can provide direction, instruction and/or guidance from the committee to USDA on how they would like the Department to act.

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