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April 7, 2009

 

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Dr. Janey Thornton Named Deputy Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

Witnesses at Senate Agriculture Hearing Call for National Nutrition Standards

Secretary Vilsack Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee

USDA to Purchase Turkey, Pork, Walnuts for Nutrition Assistance

SNA Featured on Food Network's Unwrapped

Legislation Calling for White House Nutrition Conference Introduced

FDA Recalls Pistachio Products Due to Salmonella Contamination

Equipment Grants Update

State Legislative Update

Global Child Nutrition Month Kicks Off

ANC 2009 – The Early Bird Catches the Worm

SNA Participates in Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition Symposium

CDC Releases New SHPPS Factsheet on School Nutrition Programs

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Dr. Janey Thornton Named Deputy Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

Past SNA president Dr. Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS was named Deputy Under Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service today. Dr. Thornton previously was Director of School Nutrition for Hardin County Schools in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She began her new job April 1, 2009.

She served as President of the 55,000 member School Nutrition Association during the 2006-2007 school year, and has also served as president of the School Nutrition Foundation and as an active member of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. She has served in leadership roles for the Kentucky School Nutrition Association as well as serving as the Chairwoman of the SNA Public Policy and Legislative Committee.

Dr. Janey Thornton Named Deputy Undersecretary for USDA FNCS

Witnesses at Senate Agriculture Hearing Call for National Nutrition Standards

Last week’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on foods and beverages sold outside of the federal school meal programs included testimony from the National PTA and the American Dietetic Association that was consistent with SNA's call for national nutrition standards for all food and beverages sold on school campuses during the entire school day.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing entitled, "Beyond Federal School Meal Programs: Reforming Nutrition for Kids in Schools." Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) were in attendance, along with Senators Casey (D-PA), Johanns (R-NE), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Lugar (R-IN).  For more information on witness testimony, please visit the link below.

Witnesses at Senate Agriculture Hearing Call for National Nutrition Standards

Secretary Vilsack Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.  While the hearing focused on USDA policies in general, a significant portion discussed the federal school nutrition programs.  As part of his testimony, Vilsack stated that the school nutrition programs are very important in addressing the issues of childhood obesity and hunger.  He noted that the reauthorization of the school nutrition programs presents a great opportunity to support these programs, especially since the President allocated $1 billion per year for five years for the reauthorization.

Testimony of Secreatry Vilsack March 31, 2009

Senate, House Pass Budget Resolution

The U.S. Senate followed the House of Representatives in passing by a straight party line vote the FY 2010 budget resolution on Thursday, April 2, 2009. The budget resolutions provide blueprints for how the federal budget should be spent for the upcoming 2010 fiscal year. Funding for the child nutrition reauthorization process is mentioned in both the House and Senate Budget resolutions.

Budget Resolution Passes House and Senate 

USDA to Purchase Turkey, Pork, Walnuts for Nutrition Assistance

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week USDA's intention to purchase turkey, pork, lamb, and walnut products for federal food nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch Program. Speaking as part of his testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture on March 31, 2009, the Secretary stated that USDA intends to purchase $60 million of turkey, $25 million of pork, $2 million of lamb, and $29.7 million of walnuts. As of the announcement to buy commodities, USDA has now begun to survey potential suppliers seeking the lowest overall cost by publicly inviting bids and awarding contracts to responsible bidders.

USDA to Purchase Turkey, Pork, Walnuts for Nutrition Assistance

SNA Featured on Food Network's Unwrapped

The School Nutrition Association and both current president Dr. Katie Wilson and current School Nutrition Foundation president Mary Hill were featured in a new episode of the Food Network Show Unwrapped that premeired on Monday, April 6th.

The show, entitled "Mini Munchies", featured footage and interviews from the SNA 2008 Annual National Conference held last July in Philadelphia. The segment on SNA focused on today's balanced school meals and showed the fruits, vegetables, whole grain and lowfat dairy foods that are an important part of nutritious school lunches.

This marks the second time SNA had appeared on Unwrapped. The new episode of Unwrapped featuring SNA will air again on April 16th at 11:30 PM ET/PT, April 17th at 2:30 AM ET/PT, and May 10th at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Legislation Calling for White House Nutrition Conference Introduced

Representatives Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) introduced legislation last week calling on the White House to host a conference on national nutrition policy.  The bill, H.R. 1869 would require a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition to be held by December 31, 2010.  The purpose of the conference would be to bring together experts in food, health, nutrition, and economic security to develop a plan to end hunger and promote good nutrition.

HR 1869 

FDA Recalls Pistachio Products Due to Salmonella Contamination

The FDA and the California Department of Health are investigating salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.  The company is voluntarily recalling 1 million pounds of its products and has stopped distribution of all processed pistachios.  The pistachios were used as ingredients in many different products, so the recall with likely widen. It is not known if any of the products were sent to the school nutrition programs. FDA is working closely with the pistachio industry and recommends that consumers avoid eating pistachio products until further information is available about the scope of affected products. Some of the recalled products include Back to Nature Trail Mixes, various Planters nut mixes, and Frito-Lay salted pistachios.

FDA Recalls Pistachio Products Due to Salmonella Contamination

Equipment Grants Update

SNA’s School Food Equipment Grants webpage is updated continuously.  Visit it to find grant applications from various states, as well as information on purchasing kitchen equipment.  Also included on the page are tips and suggestions for successful grant writing.  Click on the link below for additional information. On Wednesday April 15, 2009, the School Nutrition Foundation in partnership with Duke Manufacturing will be offering a FREE webinar entitled “Equipment Solutions: Plug into Profitability”. A USDA official is scheduled to be part of the webinar to address the stimulus equipment grants.

School Food Equipment Grants

State Legislative Update

A recently introduced bill the Oregon state House of Representatives would encourage schools to participate in farm to school programs.  The bill, HB 2800 would create a fund that would set aside $22.6 million in lottery proceeds as reimbursement funds for school nutrition programs that serve locally grown produce.  A hearing was held on the measure by the House Agriculture Committee last week.

In Rhode Island, final regulations for reimbursable school meals and a la carte food items were issued by the state Department of Education.  The regulations are quite stringent, requiring schools to offer only 100 percent whole grain products and no more than 4 grams of added sugar per ounce in beverages.  The regulations were effective as of March 4, 2009.

The Illinois Senate passed legislation last week that would create an incentive to encourage school districts to offer school breakfast through non-traditional means.  If signed into law, SB 1957 would create a series of grants for school districts to expand school breakfast participation.  Priority for the grants will be given to schools that are on the Early Academic Warning List.  The bill will now be considered by the state House.

Bill aims to get food from Oregon served in schools

Global Child Nutrition Month Kicks Off

April is Global Child Nutrition Month. To raise awareness about childhood hunger, schools nationwide are holding events.  For the first official event of the month, SNA President Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS joined SNA of Ohio members for a lunch to raise funds for the Change Our World campaign on April 1st.  In St. Paul, Minn., nutrition services coordinate Pat Mergens is closing in on her goal of raising $10,000 for the Global Child Nutrition Foundation.  Mergens, along with local community members, coordinated a festival to raise funds.  For additional information regarding Global Child Nutrition Month and the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, please visit the link below.

Global Child Nutrition Foundation

Change Our World – Global Child Nutrition Month

ANC 2009 – The Early Bird Catches the Worm

You know the saying, “The early bird catches the worm.” Well, at SNA we have another saying…”The early bird catches the discount!” In order to help you save on your ANC 2009 registration, SNA has extended the Early Bird deadline until April 30, 2009. So, this is the time to dust off that registration form and get it in to save some dollars—or better yet, you can register online today by logging on to www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.

SNA Participates in Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition Symposium

SNA was a co-sponsor of the Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition meeting, Achieve Better Health with Nutrient Rich Foods, held in Washington, DC on March 17, 2009.  SNA member and Certification and Credentialing Chair Connie Mueller, SNS gave a presentation on the role of nutrient rich foods in school meals.  The meeting focused on how to communicate nutrition education messages to the American public and educate consumers about healthy diets.  The nutrient rich foods approach states that individuals should focus not on what foods to avoid, but how on fitting nutrient dense foods into their diet.

CDC Releases New SHPPS Factsheet on School Nutrition Programs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a new factsheet on the school nutrition programs, based on data from the 2006 School Health Programs and Policies Study (SHPPS).  The factsheet focuses specifically on nutrition services and school nutrition staff.

SHPPS Factsheet on School Nutrition Services

 

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

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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:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

 

 


 
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