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April 21, 2009

 

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New Under Secretary of FNS Announced

ABC News Covers School Meal Charge Policies

Help Us Reach 1,500 Signatures to Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles

USDA FNS Releases Report on Food Assistance Landscape

Equipment Webinar Transcript Posted

State Legislative Update

Sites are Needed for the Summer Food Service Program

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to Hold Webinar Meeting

SNF Partners with USDA for Food Allergies Webinar Series

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Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

PPL Committee

 

New Under Secretary of FNS Announced

President Barack Obama announced yesterday his intent to nominate Kevin W. Concannon as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Concannon will serve with Secretary Tom Vilsack. "In the past 25 years, Kevin Concannon has been Director of four health and human service agencies in three states—Iowa, Maine and Oregon," Vilsack said. "In these positions, Kevin has led state efforts to make food stamps and emergency food assistance more accessible to those in need.

New Under Secretary of USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Announced

ABC News Covers School Meal Charge Policies

On Thursday, April 16th, ABC's Good Morning America show aired a segment on the Albuquerque, New Mexico, district school meal charge policy and the struggles that parents and schools are having with unpaid school lunch bills. SNA estimates that about half of all school district nutrition programs have seen an increase in the number of parents who do not qualify for free meals but who can no longer afford the price of a reduced price or paid meal. School districts handle this situation differently, some allowing meals to be charged, others providing an alternate meal. The School Nutrition Association has long held the position that nutritious, balanced school meals should be available to all school children at no cost. For SNA’s statement on ABC’s coverage, please visit Related Links.

ABC News Covers School Meal Charge Policies

Help Us Reach 1,500 Signatures to Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles

SNA, along with over 1,200 member organizations of the Child Nutrition Forum, needs your help. Congress gets back from its Spring Recess this week and we want to tell them that more than 1,500 organizations from every state in the country have signed onto the Child Nutrition Forum’s Statement of Principles regarding this year’s child nutrition reauthorization. Already 44 SNA state associations have signed on. Local chapters, school districts and community based groups are encouraged to sign on.  The Child Nutrition Forum had several meetings last week with staff from key members of Congress focusing on securing funding for child nutrition programs.

What you can do:
1. If your group hasn’t yet, sign on to the Statement of Principles.

2.Tell 5 organizations in your community to join you.

USDA FNS Releases Report on Food Assistance Landscape

USDA Food and Nutrition Service released three reports this week that look at various federal food assistance programs.  Among those released is the annual Food Assistance Landscape report, which reviews programs including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  According to the report, the National School Lunch Program grew modestly during the 2007-2008 school year.  Participation in the program increased by approximately 1.4 percent and expenditures jumped 6.3 percent.  The School Breakfast Program also saw an increase in participation of approximately 3.2 percent with total spending increasing 9 percent.  The report also took a closer look at the nutrition quality of foods, program costs and revenues, and access and integrity issues.

The two other reports released this week looked specifically at the WIC program.  One of the reports, WIC and the Battle Against Childhood Overweight, found that participation in the program is not related to weight gain in children.

The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2008 Annual Report

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Says WIC Program Does Not Contribute to Overweight

Equipment Webinar Transcript Posted

The transcript from last week’s webinar on “Equipment Solutions: Plug Into Profitability” is now posted on the SNA website.  To download a copy of the webinar, please see the links below. The School Food Equipment Grants page is continuously updated. As states post grant applications and information, SNA is updating the page. Not every state has posted information on the website, so be sure to check with your state agency if your state is not listed.

Webinar Wednesday - Equipment Solutions: Plug Into Profitability

School Food Equipment Grants

State Legislative Update

In state budget negotiations this week, the Florida House of Representatives voted to ban school nutrition programs from purchasing food products with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  The legislature voted to include an amendment banning HFCS from school nutrition programs in the state budget, which passed the House.  The state Senate version of the budget does not include the HFCS ban.  Legislation banning HFCS has been introduced in the Florida legislature during the past several years.

In eye of fiscal calamity, House debates dangers of chocolate milk – Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sites are Needed for the Summer Food Service Program

Host sites are needed for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)!  The SFSP is an important provider of meals for children who rely on the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program during the school year.  USDA is looking for organizations to sponsor sites to expand this program in communities across the nation.  You do not need to sponsor the program in order to be a host site.  For additional information, please visit the link below or contact your state agency office.

Summer Food Service Program – USDA

State Agency Contact Information

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to Hold Webinar Meeting

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will hold its third meeting on April 29 from 1:30-5:00 PM EDT and April 30 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM EDT.  The public is encouraged to attend the meeting through a live webinar on both of those days.  Space is limited, so you must pre-register for the webinar.  For information on registering, please visit the link below.

2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Webinar

SNF Partners with USDA for Food Allergies Webinar Series

The School Nutrition Foundation is partnering with the USDA to offer a series of three webinars on “Managing Food Allergies in Schools.”. The sessions are offered as part SNF’s Webinar Wednesday series and participants are encouraged to attend all three.  The first webinar, “Managing Food Allergies in Schools: Understanding the Fundamentals”, will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 2:30 PM EDT.  To register for the webinars, please visit the link below.

Webinar Wednesdays: Managing Food Allergies in 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 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, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, 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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