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USDA Releases Paid Lunch Price Data

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The US Department of Agriculture recently released paid lunch price data for School Year 2011 – 2012.  School Food Authorities reported their most frequently charged prices for elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels.  The data is available in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet at this link.

SNA members are encouraged to use this data to demonstrate the significant number of school districts impacted by Section 205, the paid meal equity provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  SNA is calling on Congress to support H.R. 1303, the School Nutrition Flexibility Act, which would amend Section 205 to apply only to those School Food Authorities that have a negative fund balance at the end of the previous school year.  H.R. 1303 would also permanently eliminate the new meal pattern’s grain/protein maximums. 

The Association continues to urge all members to contact their Senators and Members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1303 and the Senate companion bill, S. 427.  If you have not already done so, please click here for SNA’s action alert.

USDA’s memo regarding the paid lunch price data release can be found at this link.

USDA Announces First Meeting of 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

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USDA, in partnership with The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has announced the first public meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to be held on June 13, 2013 (Thursday) from 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EDT and June 14, 2013 (Friday) from 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.  The meeting will take place at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. The 15 members of the 2015 DGAC, appointed by HHS and USDA, have been identified and the full press release can be found here. The meeting will be accessible by webcast on the Internet or by attendance in-person. For more information, including how to access the webcast or attend in person, please visit www.dietaryguidelines.gov.

Chairman Kline of House Education Committee Sends Letter to USDA on Competitive Foods

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Congressman John Kline (R-MN), the Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, along with Congress Joe Heck (R-NV) sent a letter last week to Secretary Vilsack on the propose Competitive Foods Rule. In the letter, the Congressmen expressing concern on the additional requirements to be imposed by any new rule on Competitive Foods. One of their foremost concerns is the additional cost burden and loss of revenues to schools stemming from any changes as well the new requirements for lunch and breakfast.  They urge USDA to fully consider any additional financial and program impacts before moving forward with an interim rule. 


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