August 28, 2013 – Several recent media reports on schools electing to drop out of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have cited data from School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 2013 Back to School Trends Survey.
This survey was distributed online in June/July 2013 and netted 521 responses from SNA member school nutrition directors, who oversee multiple school cafeterias throughout their school district. The survey included the question, “Does your school nutrition program plan on dropping any schools in your district from NSLP for the 2013/14 school year.”
The vast majority of respondents (92.7%) reported that they do not plan, nor are considering, dropping any schools from NSLP, clearly indicating that there is no national trend of schools dropping out of NSLP. Only 1% of respondents reported that they plan on having a school drop NSLP and only 3.3% reported that they are considering having a school drop NSLP. The survey did not ask participants to quantify the number of schools in their district planning/considering dropping NSLP.
School Nutrition Association periodically surveys members, school nutrition professionals from all 50 states, regarding the latest trends in school cafeterias. The 2013 survey is the first SNA Back to School Trends Survey to include this question.
New Back to School Trends Report and Other Resources for You
August 21, 2013 – The latest Back to School Trends Report was released today, and as an additional member benefit, the report is now free to download. (Member login required.)
The report includes valuable information on participation, costs, new meal pattern implementation, breakfast expansion and food and beverage trends.
As part of SNA’s back to school media outreach campaign, a USA Today article published today features Trends Report data demonstrating how schools are helping more students start their day with a healthy breakfast through alternative delivery methods.
Additional Back-to School ResourcesSNA also created talking points and this full-page ad that appears in Kiwi magazine’s Back-to-School issue. We encourage your download the ad to use as a backpack brochure or flyer during back to school time.
All of these resources are available at www.schoolnutrition.org/pr.
August 19, 2013 – On June 27, 2013 Sandra Ford, Past President of SNA, testified before the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on the impact that the new school meal pattern regulations have had on school meal operators. Ms. Ford’s testimony included discussion on the financial impact and the unintended consequences of elements on the new requirements. In addition to her testimony provided, Members of Congress inquired into some follow-up questions. You can read their questions and Sandra’s responses here. You can also click here for the testimonies of all the witnesses and the archived video of the hearing.
August 19, 2013 – SNA is seeking proposals for presentation at its Annual National Conference, July 13-16, 2014, in Boston, MA.
Interested in presenting a 60-minute education session? Do you have a training program that will be beneficial to our members and want to submit it as a possible four-hour or eight-hour pre-conference session next year? If your answer is YES to either question, then take this opportunity to share your expertise by submitting an online proposal.
The ANC 2014 pre-conference and education sessions will focus on the four key areas of SNA's Key's to Excellence Program:
We are looking for programs addressing all topics relevant to school nutrition operations, especially programs applicable to employee/managers.
To view the Call for Proposal guidelines and to submit your application form, please visit, www.schoolnutrition.org/CFP.
Online submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2013.
If you have additional questions, you may contact SNA's Director of Education at email@example.com
School Nutrition Association continues to educate parents about healthy school meals. As part of SNA’s Back-to-School outreach campaign, SNA created this full-page ad which appears in Kiwi magazine’s Back-to-School issue, on newsstands now. Kiwi is a family magazine sold at Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. Digital subscriptions are available online at http://www.kiwimagonline.com/2013/08/augustseptember/.
The ad features photos from school cafeterias in Jefferson County Public Schools, KY, Provo City School District, UT and Saint Paul Public Schools, MN. Healthy, delicious foods like these can be found in any school district, so SNA encourages members to download the ad to share with parents in your school district!
This fall, as part of National School Lunch Week, SNA is working with Kiwi to promote National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day – another great opportunity to educate parents about the healthy meals you serve. Click on this link for handy resources to launch your own National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day event.
August 15, 2013 – A new online resource designed to help students choose healthier foods launched today. Free research-based information and tools are available to help school nutrition directors and their teams, school administrators, teachers and parents encourage kids to choose and eat healthier foods in school cafeterias, without a negative impact on the cafeteria’s revenue. In addition, through the Ask an Expert feature anyone can pose specific questions that will be answered by an expert within 48 hours.
Healthy Food Choices in Schools is part of America's Research-based Learning Network, a learning environment delivering sound, science-based information. To access the Healthy Food Choices in Schools resource, click here. No registration is necessary to use this information but joining as a member to share your expertise is welcome.
“What kids eat in schools is a topic that has gotten a lot of attention recently, particularly in regard to helping kids eat more healthfully at lunch time. The Healthy Food Choices in Schools Community of Practice provides a unique and positive environment to encourage and support schools and food service professionals who are working to create and support healthy change among their students,” says Brian Wansink, Professor of Marketing at Cornell University, author of Mindless Eating and leader of the new resource area.
The Community of Practice is made possible by the support and research of the Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs at Cornell University headed by Brian Wansink, PhD, and David Just, PhD, and the collaboration of its membership. Members are volunteers who contribute their research findings and expertise and come from various academic, governmental and non-governmental institutions nationwide.
You Asked, We ListenedIn our effort to continuously improve and bring more clarity to our School District Owned Membership (SDM) program, SNA’s membership team is excited to share the following updates:
For more information about the benefits of School District Owned Membership or for information on signing up visit www.schoolnutrition.org/sdm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 9, 2013 – School Nutrition Association CEO Patricia Montague has contacted Verizon Wireless to educate company executives on the healthy, delicious meals that school nutrition professionals are preparing in school cafeterias nationwide. Montague’s letter was in response Verizon Wireless’ recent back to school Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II television advertisement, which contained a negative portrayal of school meals. Montague detailed the new nutrition standards for school meals and the many ways that SNA members are preparing meals that appeal to students.
SNA has released its annual summary of the first six months of state legislative action across the United States. It includes key issues such as breakfast programs as well as the number of bills signed into law. This summary also provides an outlook at what SNA members can expect for the rest of 2013 and into 2014. Providing this summary as well as the continued tracking and response to policy in the 50 States are parts of the service provided by the new Director of State Legislative Affairs, Nichole Westin. For more information or for assistance, please contact SNA Headquarters at 301-686-3100.
The report can be found on the Legislative Action page or by clicking here.
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