Tuesday Morning - August 31, 2009



September 1, 2009

Table of Contents

SNA has moved to National Harbor!

Archive Now Available for SNF and USDA’s Special Webinar

SNA’s 6-Step Public Response Plan of Action

Back to School Press Coverage

Don’t Delay! Name Someone for FAME

Konarik to Speak at USDA Commodities Briefing

SNA Announces Dates for Fall 2009 Industry Boot Camp

Local Wellness Policy Policies: Findings from the First Two Years


SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

SNA has moved!

After months of planning and a busy few weeks of packing up, SNA has relocated from its Alexandria, Va., home for the last 20 years and set our anchors across the Potomac River to its new port of call in National Harbor, Md.

SNA’s new address is:
120 Waterfront St, Suite 300
National Harbor, MD 20745

The Service Center’s 800 number remains the same, as will all staff e-mail addresses. However, the main phone and fax numbers have changed to the following:

Phone: (301) 686-3100
Fax: (301) 686-3115

Thank you for your patience. The next time you’re visiting Washington, D.C., be sure to sail on down the Potomac River and visit SNA’s new headquarters office. We'd love to see you!

Archive Now Available for SNF and USDA’s Special Webinar!

On August 25, SNF and USDA held a special webinar titled “Providing Meals to Needy Children During an H1N1-Related School Dismissal.” Over 1,350 participants watched the live event. The archive is now available for download at There is no charge to view the recorded archive.

Expert speakers Lisa Barrios, DrPH from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dana Carr, MPH the United States Department of Education provided updates on the H1N1 virus, public health recommendations, and school-based guidance. The panel also included two speakers from USDA, Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, Deputy Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and Melissa Rothstein, MPA, Branch Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division.
Deputy Under Secretary Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS and Melissa Rothstein provided critical information around the Department’s recently issued policy which allows school food authorities and other community organizations to provide meals to children from low-income households when schools are dismissed due to H1N1. Eligibility, general requirements, and sponsor requirements were addressed. Waiver request prototype and a sample addendum to the state agreement are available at

Dr. Thornton emphasized the importance of community planning in advance for H1N1 related school dismissals as well as other potential emergency situations. She underscored the critical role of school nutrition operators in addressing the food and nutrition needs of low-income children and providing support to the entire community for food and nutrition assistance during emergencies.

Questions and answers will be posted soon to and

SNA’s 6-Step Public Response Plan of Action

As students prepare to return to school this fall, media attention turns to education and school meals. This year, several activists have attracted widespread publicity attacking the integrity of the school nutrition programs.

SNA has a 6-step plan to promote school nutrition and set the record right with good data and concrete examples about the school nutrition programs. Some of the positive results are now surfacing in the national media and others will be forthcoming within the next few weeks.

SNA’s 6-Step Public Response Plan of Action

SNA Annual Back to School Media Tour Underway

This fall, school nutrition professionals across the country are discussing the healthy benefits of low-cost school meals, particularly as more families turn to them this year. School nutrition professionals in Atlanta, Ga., Kansas City, Mo., Denver, Colo., Dallas, Texas, and Washington, DC have made appearances on local television and radio stations, as well as in area newspapers. Please see below for links to the articles.

Leah Schmidt on KMBC 9 News – Kansas City, Mo.
Leo Lesh on KUSA 9 News – Denver, Colo.
Sarah Grady on KTVD – Denver, Colo.
Penny McConnell on WAMU-FM – Washington, DC (see segment 13:06)

Konarik to Speak at USDA Commodities Briefing

Melanie Konarik, Director of Child Nutrition at Spring Independent School District, in Houston, Texas will be speaking at the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Briefing on September 9, 2009 at 10:00am in 328A Russell Senate Office Building. A companion briefing will be held in 2257 Rayburn at 2:00 p.m. on the same day.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts about the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commodity program and its effect on the National School Lunch Program. The discussion will include information regarding the role of commodities in school lunches and the nutritional quality of commodities.

Other speakers will include Cathie McCullough, Director of the Food Distribution USDA; Kenneth Hecht, Executive Director California Food Policy Advocates; Richard Merrill, Director of Research and Development Leprino Foods Company. If you would like more information pertaining to this briefing, please contact Alex Lewin at 202.777.8351 or email at

Don’t Delay! Name Someone for FAME

Time is running out to nominate school nutrition industry leaders for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award. For 21 years, the FAME Awards have recognized innovators in the profession who raise the school nutrition bar for others to follow. Nominations are due by September 18, 2009.

Six categories will be awarded, including one Gold Award for School Foodservice Director of the Year and five Silver Awards: Leadership, Spirit, Rising Star, Special Achievement and Friend of Child Nutrition. Tuesday Morning readers may be especially interested in nominating candidates for the Silver Friend of Child Nutrition award. This award is given to an advocate of school nutrition, such as a principal, teacher, community leader, vendor partner, legislator or other supporter who goes above and beyond in supporting the efforts of America’s school nutrition professionals.

One former winner of this award is SNA’s Washington counsel, Marshall Matz. “I was honored to receive the FAME Silver Friend of Child Nutrition award in 1998. I have worked with SNA for 30 years trying to improve the reach, scope and effectiveness of the federal child nutrition programs. The FAME selection committee recognized this important partnership with the award, which greatly added to its meaning for me,” says Matz.

Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at until September 18, 2009.

SNA Announces Dates for Fall 2009 Industry Boot Camp

The Fall 2009 Industry Boot Camp will take place November 5-6, 2009 at the Westin Hotel in National Harbor, MD. Note: check with Sherry, but I think we are holding the boot camp at the SNA conference room with folks staying at the Westin) Industry Boot Camp is an intense educational seminar designed to help industry members understand the ins and outs of the school nutrition marketplace. SNA senior staff specialists will share their knowledge and expertise in this two-day seminar, which features:

  • A director guided tour of a high school cafeteria
  • Face to face time with a panel of school nutrition directors
  • And sessions on program regulations, market trends, and legislation.

To register for this program and for additional information, please visit the link below.

Industry Boot Camp Fall 2009

State and Federal Legislation

Local Wellness Policy Policies: Findings from the First Two Years

Join Action for Healthy Kids on Wednesday September 2 for a 90-minute webinar about national evaluation findings from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) report on the strengths and weaknesses of local wellness policies.

This landmark study by RWJF's research program Bridging the Gap, presents data on the most comprehensive review of school district wellness policies conducted to date. Policies were evaluated based on nutrition education, school meals, competitive food and beverage guidelines, physical activity and education, food and beverage marketing in schools, and evaluation strategies for the first two school years of the wellness policy requirement.

Lead author Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS from the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago will discuss implications of the report's findings on the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. Click here to read Dr. Chriqui's bio.

Following the presentation, Sarah Titzer of Action for Healthy Kids will facilitate a conversation for AFHK volunteers to take action at the state and local levels to help school districts with wellness policy implementation. We hope you will join us for this conversation on September 2.

Click here to register for the webinar by the Monday, August 31 deadline.
A complete copy or executive summary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report can be downloaded using the link below:

Local Wellness Policies: Assessing School District Strategies for Improving Children's Health (School Years 2006-07 and 2007-08)

State and Federal Legislation

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

ClickState 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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