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January 6, 2009

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Register Now for LAC 2009 – Early Bird Registration Closes January 23!

2008: Looking Back at School Nutrition

Sign-on to the Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles

State Legislative Update

Ohio School District Meals Program Remains Open During Winter Break

Green Cleaning Guide Now Available for Schools

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Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

PPL Committee

Register Now for LAC 2009 – Early Bird Registration Closes January 23!

LAC 2009 Registration is now open for the 2009 Legislative Action Conference.  Plan to be in Washington, DC, March 1-4, 2009 for this exciting and educational conference.  2009 will be a pivotal year for the school nutrition programs.  This year, Congress considers the 2009 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act while the school nutrition programs grow more popular in the face of a difficult economy.  Come to LAC to help make your mark on important child nutrition legislation this year. Announced speakers include Virginia Stallings, chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on School Meals and Ron Brownstein, political director for the Atlantic Media Company and author of a weekly column that appears in both the National Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

Don’t delay, Early Bird Registration closes Friday, January 23, 2009. For more information about the conference, including registration and a tentative agenda, please visit the LAC 2009 website.

LAC 2009

2008: Looking Back at School Nutrition

2008 marked another successful year for the School Nutrition Association. This year, SNA introduced new programs and launched improved versions of old ones. Through out the year, people turned to SNA for expert information on school nutrition, further solidifying the Association as the voice of school nutrition.  Some of the highlights from this year include:

  • School District Owned Membership
  • Rising Costs Food Costs and Rising Program Participation
  • Record Exposure for School Nutrition Programs
  • A Measure of Excellence, a recent history of SNA published
  • Well Done! booklet on local school wellness policy success stories published
  • National School Nutrition Standards Released
  • SNA Revises it’s Website
  • New Certification Program Launched
  • SNA Responds to the USDA Beef Recall
  • Magazine and Marketing Staff Receive Awards

For the complete story, please see the link below.

2008: Looking Back at School Nutrition

Sign-on to the Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles

Please consider joining the hundreds of national and state organizations that have signed on to the Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles. Co-chaired by the School Nutrition Association and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the Child Nutrition Forum is a coalition of organizations working together to guide efforts for Reauthorization 2009. These groups represent anti-hunger, religious, education, medical, nutrition, direct service, school food, pre-school and child care, unions, children, after school, industry, and agriculture that are calling on Congress to enact legislation that:

  1. Assures and strengthens program access and supports participation by underserved children and communities;
  2. Enhances nutrition quality and provides adequate meal reimbursements; and,
  3. Modernizes technology and simplifies program administration and operation.

As of December 29, 2008, 355 national, state, and local organizations have signed on to the CNF Statement of Principles, including:

  • Nassau County Public Schools Foodservice, Fla.
  • Seminole County Public Schools, Fla.
  • Sumter County Public Schools, Fla.
  • School Board of Sarasota County, Fla.
  • Allegany County Board of Education, Food Services, Md.
  • Baltimore County Office of Food and Nutrition, Md.
  • Baltimore County School Nutrition Association, Md.
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools, Md.
  • School Nutrition Association of Maryland
  • Washington County Public Schools, Md.
  • Minnesota School Nutrition Association, Eagan
  • School Nutrition Association of North Carolina
  • Beaver Local Schools, Ohio
  • St. Helens School District, Ore.
  • School Nutrition Association of South Dakota
  • Colchester School District, Vt.
  • Richford Town School District, Vt.
  • Kent School District – Food and Nutrition Services, Wash.
  • School Nutrition Association of Washington
  • School District of La Crosse, Wis.

Please consider adding your state or local chapter to the list of groups already supporting the Child Nutrition Forum.  Companies, school boards, and local community grassroots are also encouraged to sign on.  To sign onto the Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles, visit the link below.

Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles

State Legislative Update

The Iowa State Board of Education is considering enacting regulations to ban certain foods of low nutritional value from schools. The recommendations presented to the State Board of Education include:

  • Vending machine beverages must have nutritional value. Items including water, 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, and milk may be sold.
  • Snacks must have no more than 200 calories each. Fat and sugar must be 35 percent or less of the calories in foods sold in a la carte lines or vending machines.
  • Fruit and vegetable juices would be limited to 4 ounces per serving in elementary schools and 10 ounces in middle and high schools. In 2014, juices would be limited to 8 ounces in middle and high schools.

The Iowa Board of Education is expected to vote on these regulations in February.

Proposed legislation in New York will promote the availability of certain items in the school nutrition programs. The proposed bill (SB 356 and AB 590) was prefiled on December 29, 2008.  If passed, this bill would change the language of previously passed legislation to focus on including healthier food items in the school lunch program, instead of listing food items that are banned from the school nutrition programs. The legislation will be introduced in both the state Senate and General Assembly on Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

In Illinois, legislation was introduced to require all students to wash their hands with antiseptic soap before eating any meal at the school.  The legislation, HB 19, was prefiled on December 19, 2008 and will be introduced in the state House once the state legislative session begins.

The South Carolina Department of Education Office of School Food Services and Nutrition is proposing a regulation that would set standards for school meals and competitive foods.  The regulation would ensure that school meals met set standards for saturated fat, vitamins, minerals, protein, calories, and portion sizes. The state will hold a public hearing on the proposed regulations on February 9, 2009.  For additional information, please visit the State and Federal Legislation link.

Proposal would eliminate junk food in Iowa schools– Des Moines Register

Ohio School District Meals Program Remains Open During Winter Break

The North College Hill School District, outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, kept its school meals program operating during December break in order to provide meals to the district’s economically disadvantaged students. Approximately two-thirds of the district’s 1,600 students participate in the free and reduced price school meals program. The district decided to offer meals during the break to help families struggling with the faltering economy.

N. College Hill students get winter break lunch– Cincinnati Enquirer

Green Cleaning Guide Now Available for Schools

A recently revised guide to green cleaning in schools includes new sections on sustainability, green cleaning for school nutrition programs, integrated pest management, new technologies and more. SNA is one of 16 national organizations that support the new publication, Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, which was developed by the Chicago-based Healthy Schools Campaign.

The states of Illinois and New York require green cleaning in schools, and schools in other states are moving toward green cleaning in efforts to protect the health of building occupants while reducing schools’ impact on the environment. The Quick & Easy Guide offers an authoritative, easy-to-use resource for getting started or moving forward with a healthy, effective, affordable green cleaning program.

Green Cleaning Guide Now Available for Schools


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 Instructionsfor steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin.


 
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