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May 26, 2009

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Dr. Janey Thornton to Speak at ANC 2009

Washington Post Covers School Meal Funding Challenges

House Rules Subcommittee Holds Hearing on White Conference on Food and Nutrition

Chuck Ainsworth Named Individual Industry Member of the Year

Sestak Calls on Congress to Make Philadelphia Lunch Program Permanent

New Report Finds Millions of U.S. Children Suffer from Hunger

Children’s HealthWatch Issues Brief on Childhood Hunger

Join SNA on Twitter and Facebook!

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

Dr. Janey Thornton to Speak at ANC 2009

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton, Ph.D, SNS will address attendees during ANC 2009 in Las Vegas. Dr. Thornton, SNA president from 2006-2007, will speak during the 2nd General Session on Tuesday, June 30th at 8:30 AM.

Dr. Thornton is one of the many great speakers scheduled to present at ANC 2009. Come view the largest exhibit floor in the school nutrition industry and attend timely education sessions. Registration has been extended until June 1, 2009, so be sure to register today! Also follow ANC 2009 on Twitter. If you’re already “tweeting” be sure to check out SNA_ANC.

Thousands Plan to Gather for the 2009 Premier School Nutrition Event in Las Vegas

ANC Vegas on Twitter

Washington Post Covers School Meal Funding Challenges

On Sunday, May 24, 2009, the Washington Post covered school nutrition funding challenges, focusing on the need for increased meal reimbursement as well as increasing access to school meals through eliminating the reduced price category. In the article SNA President Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS states, '"These are families that are on the very cusp," Wilson said. "They are making decisions like do they put gas in their car to go to work, or do they pay their electricity. These families do not have the 40 cents to pay for lunch."' The article details examples from the Washington, DC area of greater demand for free and reduced priced meals and the inadequate funding provided through federal reimbursements that falls short of the amount needed to prepare a school lunch.

 Demand Is Increasing For Subsidized Meals

House Rules Subcommittee Holds Hearing on White Conference on Food and Nutrition

Members of Congress are calling on the President Obama to hold a conference on food and nutrition policy.  On Monday, May 18th, the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House heard testimony from several different anti-hunger organizations on H.R. 2297.  If passed, the legislation would authorize the president to call a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition by December 31, 2009.  The conference would be co-chaired by the Secretaries of Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services.  The last time a conference on food and nutrition policy was held was in 1969, when President Richard Nixon brought the anti-hunger community together to discuss improvements for the federal food assistance programs.

 

Testifying at the hearing were:

  • Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.)
  • Robert Egger, President, DC Central Kitchen
  • Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
  • Nicole Robinson, Director of Corporate Community Involvement for Kraft Foods Global

 

To view a copy of the legislation, opening statements, and witness testimony, please see the links below.

H.R. 2297 - White House Conference on Food and Nutrition 

Rep. Jim McGovern Opening Statement 

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Testimony 

Robert Egger Testimony 

Rev. David Beckmann Testimony 

Nicole Robinson Testimony 

 

Chuck Ainsworth Named Individual Industry Member of the Year

Chuck Ainsworth, Division Manager for SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems Division of the PortionPac Chemical Company was named the seventh recipient of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award.  Ainsworth, who has been involved with the child nutrition programs for over 15 years, was nominated by SNA past president Ruth Jonen for his “leadership and commitment” to and his “passionate advocacy” for the Association, the School Nutrition Foundation, and school nutrition professionals.

 

Please visit the link below for additional information.

Chuck Ainsworth Named Individual Industry Member of the Year

 

Sestak Calls on Congress to Make Philadelphia Lunch Program Permanent

Representative Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) is planning to introduce legislation that would make the pilot school lunch program in Philadelphia permanent. Almost two decades ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed the Philadelphia school district to do away with free and reduced price application forms. The school district’s high percentage of free and reduced eligible students allowed the district to do away with forms and make the program more accessible to all students. At the end of last year, the Bush administration decided to terminate the program. This past week, members of the Pennsylvania delegation met with the Obama administration to discuss making the program permanent. While the Obama administration has agreed to extend the program to 2010, Sestak is introducing legislation that would make the program permanent. Over the weekend USDA commented on the situation.

Sestak Call on Congress to Make Philadelphia Lunch Program Permanent

USDA may scrap Phila. school-meal program 

New Report Finds Millions of U.S. Children Suffer from Hunger

A new report from Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) has found that more than 3 million children age five and under are at risk of hunger. According to the May 6, 2009 report, more young children are at risk of hunger than adults and one in six young children are at risk of hunger in 26 states. Food insecurity among children under 18 has also increased dramatically in the last two years. Please see the link below for a copy of the report.

 

Feeding America Report

 

Children’s HealthWatch Issues Brief on Childhood Hunger

Children’s HealthWatch, a child advocacy organization, has issued a detailed brief on the effect of low food security on children’s health and well being. The brief defines food insecurity and also discusses how limited access to food impairs children’s development. To view the brief, please click on the link below.

 

Even Very Low Levels of Food Insecurity Found to Harm Children’s Health

 

Join SNA on Twitter and Facebook!

SNA has entered the brave new world of social media! SNA is now on Twitter, “tweeting” as schoollunch. Be sure to check it out for the latest school nutrition news. If you’re on Facebook, become a fan of the SNA Facebook page. These are both great resources for the latest news from SNA, as well as a place to connect with other SNA members. To visit them, see the links below.

 

SNA on Twitter

SNA on Facebook

 

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, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin


 
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