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December 2, 2008

 

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Free and Reduced Price Participation Increases

USDA Forecasts Increase in Food Prices Next Year

SNA National Nutrition Standards Updated

CNIC Early Bird Registration Deadline Dec. 5th

House Hunger Caucus Co-Chairs Announced

Competition for Change Launched by Administration-Elect

AAP Releases Policy on Oral Health Interventions for Pediatricians

Study Links Cereal to Pattern of Health

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Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

PPL Committee

Free and Reduced Price Participation Increases

free lunchSo far this school year school nutrition directors are reporting a sharp increase in the number of free and reduced meals served. Local media has covered this trend since August with the number of articles increasing as the depressed economy dominates newspaper headlines. Historically, when the economy slows and unemployment rises, free and reduced meal participation increases.

SNA has tracked media coverage on the topic for the past several months and is proactively pitching the story to national media, emphasizing the need for additional federal reimbursement per meal served in order to meet the increasing free and reduced meal demand. A short survey has been developed for school nutrition directors to complete to better track this trend. See Related Links below to complete the survey and to review related news coverage from the past week.

Free and Reduced Survey

Thousands more in 5 cities seek school lunch assistance, Virginia

Increase in school lunch program, Ohio

USDA Forecasts Increase in Food Prices Next Year

usdaAlthough U.S. food prices have dropped recently thanks to a dip in the prices of oil and grain, 2009 still could spell trouble when it comes to food costs. The Agriculture Department expects a 4% increase in food prices next year. In its monthly report released late last month, USDA lowered its food inflation forecast for 2009 by a 0.5 percentage point to reflect cheaper prices for meats, eggs, dairy and cereal and baking products. Despite the decline, it would be the third straight year when food prices rose by at least 4 percent. USDA left unchanged its forecast for food prices during 2008. Currently, prices are expected to rise 5.5 percent this year, marking the largest increase in two decades. An article from Reuters provides greater detail.

Forecast: Food prices likely to increase next year

SNA National Nutrition Standards Updated

The Tier 2 section of the SNA National Nutrition Standards recommendations now covers middle schools, as well as high schools.  The SNA Board of Directors recently voted to include middle schools in the Tier 2 section following suggestions from SNA members and allied organizations.  Tier 2 covers foods that are sold as competitive foods. The updated version can be accessed below.

SNA National Nutrition Standards

CNIC Early Bird Registration Deadline Dec. 5th

Discounted Early Bird Registration for the Child Nutrition Industry Conference 2009 ends this Friday, December 5, 2008. Come to New Orleans January 18-20, 2009 for several days filled with great educational sessions and terrific speakers that will help broaden your knowledge of the child nutrition industry. CNIC is the perfect opportunity to strengthen your business connections.Click here to register for the conference.

Child Nutrition Industry Conference 2009

House Hunger Caucus Co-Chairs Announced

The Co-Chairs of the House of Representatives Hunger Caucus were recently announced for the upcoming 111th Congress. Congressman Ray LaHood (R-OH) is retiring at the end of the 110th Congress and will be replaced by Representative John Boozman (R) of Arkansas as a Co-Chair of the Hunger Caucus. The Caucus leads Congress in finding ways to end huger domestically and abroad. The new Co-Chairs of the House Hunger Caucus are:

  • Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  • Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)
  • Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  • Hilda Solis (D-CA)
  • John Boozman (R-AR)

Competition for Change Launched by Administration-Elect

Have an idea for how the Obama administration should change America? Last week saw the launch of a project called "Ideas for Change in America," which aims to identify and create momentum around the best ideas for how the Obama administration and 111th Congress can turn the broad call for "change" across the country into specific policies.

The competition allows anyone to post an idea of 250 words or less, discuss with others, and vote on the top ideas from around the country. The top 10 rated ideas will be presented to a representative of the Obama Administration around Inauguration Day at an event in Washington, DC. A formal nonprofit sponsor will be announced for each idea and each organization will launch a national campaign to mobilize the millions of people on Change.org, MySpace, and partner organizations to turn each idea into real policy. Current ideas being voted include universal school meals, mandated vegan options for school lunch and additive-free school lunches. Visit the link below for more information.

Ideas for Change in America

AAP Releases Policy on Oral Health Interventions for Pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new policy that is a compilation of current concepts and scientific evidence required to understand and implement practice-based preventive oral health programs designed to improve oral health outcomes for all children and especially children at significant risk of dental decay.

The recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics on prevention of pediatric overweight and obesity highlighted concerns about health problems in overweight children, including cardiovascular, endocrine, and mental health problems, and the importance of promoting healthy eating behaviors. Consumption of juice and sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to childhood obesity and caries development. Preventive Oral Health Intervention for Pediatricians - Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health, Pediatrics. Published 17 November 2008

Study Links Cereal to Pattern of Health

A report issued by the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition found that girls who eat cereal at breakfast also tend to consume other nutritious foods and exercise more throughout the day. The study concluded that cereal consumption might be linked to other outcomes associated with a healthy lifestyle.

Bell Institute Study

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia.


 
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