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July 28, 2009

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Gillibrand Introduces Legislation Expanding Eligibility, Banning Trans Fats

Kohl, Moore Introduce Legislation Expanding School Breakfast Programs

This August, Meet with Your Member of Congress

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Celebrates 40th Anniversary

SNA Signs on to Editorial Supporting Nutrient Rich Foods

USDA Posts H1N1Flu School Closing Memo

Studies Look at School Breakfast Participation, Quality of Meals

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

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From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

 

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation Expanding Eligibility, Banning Trans Fats

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced two bills related to the school nutrition programs this week. One of the bills, S. 1499, would expand eligibility for free school meals to certain families in areas with greater than fair market rent. The second bill, S. 1500, would prohibit schools participating in the Federal school nutrition programs from providing foods that contain trans fat. If passed, school districts would have a five year period to eliminate the use of such items in their school nutrition programs. Nationally, many school districts have already begun to eliminate trans fat containing items from their menus.

 

To view both of these bills, please visit the Legislative Action Center.

 

Kohl, Moore Introduce Legislation Expanding School Breakfast Programs

In addition to the bills introduced by Senator Gillibrand, several other members of Congress introduced a bill this week that would expand the federal School Breakfast Program. Introduced in the Senate by Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and in the House by Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), S. 1480 and H.R. 3277, the Student Breakfast and Education Improvement Act of 2009, would increase funding for universal school breakfast programs. If passed, the legislation would provide competitive grants to schools with at least 65% of the student body eligible for free or reduced price meals. The bill also encourages schools to find creative means of serving school meals, including breakfast in the classroom, incorporating local foods, and providing nutrition education with breakfast.

 

Cosponsoring S. 1480 are Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Cosponsoring H.R. 3277 are Representatives Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Joe Sestak (D-Penn.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.), and Delegates Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).

 

To view this bill, please visit the Legislative Action Center.

 

This August, Meet with Your Member of Congress

August is a great time to meet with your member of Congress!  With both the House of Representatives and the Senate on recess this month, your Congressional representatives will be in their home districts.  With Congress expected to begin debate on Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2009, SNA encourages its members to contact their Senators and Representatives.  Meet with them this August to discuss the important issues facing school nutrition programs in the coming year, including:

  • Rising cost of school meals
  • National nutrition standards
  • Simplification of the programs

To learn how to contact your member of Congress, please visit the Legislative Action Center

 

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service celebrated its 40th anniversary last week. In debate over H. Con. Res. 164, Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), commended FNS on the work it has done during the past 40 years to help alleviate hunger and ensure that all Americans are able to eat healthy, nutritious food.

 

FNS administers 15 domestic food assistance programs, which include the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps). Since its creation as a separate agency in 1969, FNS has served 169 billion meals through the National School Lunch Program and has distributed $27 billion in commodities to the school nutrition programs.

 

 McGovern Floor Statement Recognizing FNS 

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Turns 40

 

SNA Signs on to Editorial Supporting Nutrient Rich Foods

SNA has signed on to an editorial that supports incorporating nutrient rich foods into children’s diets. The editorial argues that by choosing nutrient rich foods, children and adults can meet their nutrient requirements without eating excess calories. SNA, along with organizations including the American Dietetic Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, National Medical Association, and the National Hispanic Medial Association authored the editorial.

 

To view the editorial, please click the link below.

 

The Importance of Nutrient-Rich Foods in Planning Nutritious Meals for Children

 

USDA Posts H1N1Flu School Closing Memo

FNS has released a memorandum outlining how school and community organizations may continue to offer reimbursable meals to low-income children during a school closure related to the H1N1 influenza virus. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act authorizes the provision of meal service to children who are not in school during non-summer months due to an unanticipated school closure. Meals served during these school closures may be claimed either through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO). The requirement for serving meals in a congregate setting will be waived for these H1N1-related school closures in order to provide meals to low-income children. Any school food authority (SFA) or eligible community organization that wants to continue to provide reimbursable meals for children in schools closed due to the H1N1 virus must have an agreement with the State agency which covers operation of the SFSP or the SSO. The agreements may be modified to include waiver requests with specific information about the closed school(s) for which meal service will be provided, the meals (breakfast, lunch and/or snack) that will be served, and the method of meal distribution. State Agencies are strongly encouraged to assist SFA’s in taking full advantage of the flexibilities available to serve low-income children during a H1N1 school closure.

Please visit the link below to view the memo.

Please visit the link below to view the memo.

 

Responding to School Closings for H1N1 Outbreaks - Memo

 

 

Studies Look at School Breakfast Participation, Quality of Meals

The USDA’s Economic Research Service released two reports that look at the federal child nutrition programs. The first report examines participation in the School Breakfast Program.  The report found that participation in the School Breakfast Program is much less common than participation in the National School Lunch Program, even among children with access to both programs.  Students are more likely to participate when breakfast is served in the classroom, when time available for breakfast in school is longer, and when they come from lower income or time-constrained households. Children with access to the School Breakfast Program are more likely to eat breakfast in the morning and that program access may enhance food security among families at the margin of food insecurity.

 

The second report focused on the relationship between school meal participation, dietary patterns and childhood overweight.  Using data from the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment (SNDA) III Study, the report examined the relationship between school meal participation and a student’s body mass index (BMI).  The report found that National School Lunch Program participation was not significantly related to BMI.  The report also found that students who participated in the School Breakfast Program had significantly lower BMI than non-participating students.

 

ANC Call for Proposals Now Open

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) invites you to share your expertise and experience with the school nutrition community at the Annual National Conference (ANC) 2010 in Dallas, the premier professional development event for school nutrition professionals. ANC 2010 will take place June 11-July 14, 2010.

 

The ANC Program Planning Committee is looking for speakers to propose 1 hour concurrent educational “breakout” sessions that focus on school nutrition programs, initiatives, trends and issues in one of the following four Key Areas as defined by SNA's Keys to Excellence in School Food and Nutrition Programs:

  • Nutrition and Nutrition Education
  • Program Administration
  • Program Operations
  • Communications and Marketing

While proposals addressing all topics relevant to the above Key Areas are welcome and encouraged, special consideration will be given to those proposals addressing any/all of SNA's Key Issues for 2009-2010: Membership Diversity, Professional Growth, Emerging Issues, and Professionalism. NOTE: These topics reflect topics of current emphasis in school nutrition program and are not the education topic tracks that will be featured in the ANC program. Final program tracks will be identified by the ANC Steering Committee.

 

For additional information, please visit the link below.

ANC 2010 Call for Proposals

 

 

School Breakfast Program: Participation and Impacts

School Meal Program Participation and its Association with Dietary Patterns and Childhood Obesity

 

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, District of Columbia, Federal, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin

 


 
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