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SNA Hosts Briefing on Capitol Hill and Has Several One-on-One Meetings

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November 21, 2013 – On Monday, November 18, 2013, SNA hosted a Congressional staff briefing on Capitol Hill regarding school meals. Marla Caplon, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools and Joan Shorter, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools, provided their unique perspectives to Hill staff, walking them through the intricacies of their programs. This briefing was an opportunity to connect with Congressional staffers who will be involved in drafting the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization and provide them with an overview of school meal program operations and challenges. 

Joan Shorter (left) and Marla Caplon (right) answered Hill staff questions
during the briefing.

Following the briefing, over a 3-day period, SNA Vice President of Child Nutrition & Policy, Cathy Schuchart, along with SNA’s new lobbying team of Barnes & Thornburg, had 24 one-on-one meetings with key Hill staff and Members of Congress. These conversation- and relationship-building efforts come at a critical time as SNA continues to be the voice of child nutrition on Capitol Hill.

Meeting the New Breakfast Challenge

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November 20, 2013 – When your motivation is high, but your inspiration is lacking, turn to A Fresh Start for School Breakfast, a special menu-planning guide produced by SNA in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The guide offers two-week cycle menus for breakfast in the classroom, grab ‘n’ go and traditional cafeteria breakfast programs. Nutrient analyses are included for all suggested menus.

The suggested menus meet the new breakfast meal pattern requirements that are now being implemented over the course of the next two school years. The cycle menus span across all grade levels, and separate analyses were completed for each of the K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 menus.

The effort to meet the new requirements is expected to be difficult for many school nutrition operators, so A Fresh Start for School Breakfast is designed to help ease the transition by providing student-friendly menu ideas that can fit into any style of breakfast service. Don’t feel pressured to reinvent the wheel when it comes to providing a nutritious, delicious breakfast for students!

To download the guide today, click here.

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