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Senator Richard Lugar to Receive 2011 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., December 16, 2010 – The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) will present the 2011 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, former chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and a champion of domestic and international nutrition and anti-hunger causes.
The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition is presented each year to an individual whose work has contributed toward helping the world's poorest children receive adequate nutrition, thrive and reach their full potential. Past recipients have included Senators Bob Dole and George McGovern, former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and former United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Catherine Bertini.
Sen. Lugar, the ninth recipient of the award, will receive the honor at GCNF’s annual A Possible Dream Gala, on Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC.
Recognizing the importance of federal child nutrition programs to the well-being and academic success of America’s young people, Senator Lugar has been an advocate for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. He led the fight to protect the programs in mid-1990s and was an ardent supporter of Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation P.L. 296 over the three years leading to its passage this month. A former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Lugar also led initiatives to streamline the U.S. Department of Agriculture and reform the food stamp program.
Senator Lugar has taken the anti-hunger fight to the global stage, serving as a voice for international food aid and development programs. He joined Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) in co-chairing a Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force on the Global Food Crisis that has called for a strategic U.S. approach. The two have co-sponsored the Global Food Security Act of 2009, designed to promote food security by increasing resources for long-term rural development and poverty alleviation; enhancing human and institutional capacity; establishing a Global Food Security Strategy; and improving the U.S. emergency response to food crises.
A fifth generation Hoosier, Sen. Lugar was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and won a sixth term in 2006. He is the U.S. Senate's most senior Republican and longest serving U.S. Senator in Indiana history.
The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), established in 2006 as the international arm of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to helping developing countries build sustainable, country-owned and operated school feeding programs by sharing best practices, providing technical assistance and education, applying research, developing policy and organizing annual Global Forums on school feeding programs. GCNF’s work is organized in three areas: technical assistance and training; research and special studies; and communications and network building.
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SNA President Attends Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Signing Ceremony
Click here to see a video of the President's speech at the bill signing ceremony.
National Harbor, MD (December 13, 2010) – Today, School Nutrition Association President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, joined President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in celebrating the passage of S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Rice looked on as President Obama signed the long-awaited child nutrition reauthorization bill into law at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, DC.
School Nutrition Association members were strong supporters of the legislation and its provisions to expand access to healthy school meals, ensure all foods sold at school are healthy choices, and increase funds for school nutrition programs serving more nutritious choices.
SNA President Nancy Rice was in attendance this morning as President Obama signed the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, DC.
“School Nutrition Association joins families nationwide in thanking President Obama, the First Lady and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for their sustained efforts to pass child nutrition reauthorization and expand children’s access to healthy school meals,” said Rice. “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act recognizes the importance of school meals to the health and academic success of America’s children and gives school nutrition programs critical resources to bring more fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy products into cafeterias. School nutrition professionals look forward to working with the Administration, parents, principals and community leaders to meet new nutrition standards for school meals and explore new avenues for promoting healthy lifestyles for our children.”
School Nutrition Association is a proud partner of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign.
SNA, (http://www.schoolnutrition.org ) the School Nutrition Association, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded in 1946, the Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.
House Passes Child Nutrition Reauthorization
National Harbor, MD (December 2, 2010) – Today, the US House of Representatives passed S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act by a vote of 264 to 157. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) endorsed the child nutrition reauthorization legislation, which will allow school meal programs to offer a greater variety of nutritious foods in school cafeterias nationwide. “Members of Congress, the Administration and the First Lady should be recognized for their tireless efforts to improve children’s access to healthy, nourishing meals during these tough economic times,” said SNA President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, State Director of the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division. "The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act gives schools critical resources to reach more children with healthy school meals and to serve more fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy products in cafeterias. By establishing nutrition standards for all foods served or sold in schools, the legislation ensures that students will receive a consistent message about healthy choices.” The legislation contains other critical improvements to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs that SNA has advocated for, including the creation of standards and a certification process for school foodservice professionals and the establishment of guidelines on which local school expenses (such as electricity, telephones and janitorial services) can be charged to school nutrition programs. SNA opposed the bill’s use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds to offset the cost of child nutrition reauthorization, but the Administration has offered assurances that they will work to recover funds for SNAP. SNA will be closely following the Administration’s outreach to members of Congress to address this critical issue.
For a summary of the legislation, please visit this link .
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