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October 12, 2009

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Senate Approves Agriculture Appropriations Bill, Extending Current Reauthorization

Schools Celebrate an All-Star National School Lunch Week

School Nutrition Summit Includes USDA, DOE, Assistant White House Chef

Hearing Held on Examining Innovative Practices to Improve Child Nutrition

Nutritional Quality of Competitive Foods Improve

DeLauro Calls for USDA Investigation into Tainted Beef

Officials Launch the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Mark Your Calendars for Educate Your Community Week

Whole Grains Focus of November School Nutrition Workshop

Apply for Your Love Your Veggies™ Grant Before November 6!

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State and Federal Legislation

Senate Approves Agriculture Appropriations Bill, Extending Current Reauthorization

The United States Senate voted on Thursday, October 8, 2009 to approve the agriculture appropriations conference bill by a vote of 76-22. The legislation passed the House of Representatives earlier in the week. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure soon.

Under this bill, the current Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act is extended for one year. The legislation also allocates $25 million in funds for equipment assistance grants for school nutrition programs. School nutrition programs that did not originally receive grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are eligible to apply.

For additional information, please see the link below.

Senate sends agriculture spending bill to Obama – Associated Press

Schools Celebrate an All-Star National School Lunch Week

School nutrition programs are encouraging students to get in the game and enjoy healthy school lunches during this year’s National School Lunch Week. Throughout the week, schools are celebrating with an “all-star” line up of nutritious, balanced school lunches. This year’s theme, All-Star School Lunch, encourages students to learn about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

On Monday, October 12, 2009, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring this week National School Lunch Week. In the proclamation, he noted that the school nutrition programs play a vital role in ensuring that all children receive balanced and nutritious school meals everyday. He also honored the women and men who operate the programs and work to continue their success.

White House Proclamation for National School Lunch Week

School Nutrition Summit Includes USDA, DOE, Assistant White House Chef

Several key Obama administration officials participated in a discussion and cafeteria site visit organized by the School Nutrition Association at Weyanoke Elementary School in Alexandria VA on Friday, October 9. Penny McConnell, Fairfax County Public Schools Director of Food and Nutrition Services, hosted the event. Using her experience and expertise in child nutrition, she discussed the struggles that school nutrition programs face and the successes they have had in improving childhood nutrition.

White House Assistant Chef, Sam Kass attended the meeting and participated in the discussion. Several USDA and Department of Education officials were involved in the discussion as well including:

  • Christie Vilsack, wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Karen Duncan, wife of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Matthew Yale, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education
  • Massie Ritsch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education

Several Congressional staff members were also in attendance. Executive Director, Barbara Belmont, SNA Staff and SNA Counsel facilitated the event.

For media coverage of the event, please visit the link below.
Kitchen Cabinet Sits Down for Lunch - Washington Post

Hearing Held on Examining Innovative Practices to Improve Child Nutrition

The House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities held a hearing On October 8th to review innovative practices in child nutrition.. The hearing examined different perspectives and novel strategies that can help ensure children have access to healthy, nutritious, and safe school meals. In his opening statement, Ranking Member Todd Platts (R-PA) pointed out that the CDC figures for overweight children and emphasized the importance of improvements that have been made to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

The witness list was comprised of the following:

Matt Sharp, Senior Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates, CA
Mary Lagnado, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Management Systems, Westbury Union Free School District, NY
Richard De Burgh, President, DJ Co-Ops, Valencia, CA
Deborah Yargar-Reed, Physical Education Teacher, Biglerville Elementary School, PA
Tony Geraci, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Baltimore City Public Schools, MD
Alice Sheehan, 8th Grade Student, City Neighbors Public Charter School Baltimore, MD

In his remarks, Matt Sharp stated that direct certification is currently underutilized and could become a very integral part of how child nutrition programs work. Mary Lagnado spoke about the success of her school’s pilot breakfast program with the overall mission to educate the whole child while Deborah Yargar-Reed discussed her local wellness plan and attested to the success of the program. Tony Geraci talked about the success his school district has had with growing produce on the school property, buying local produce for school lunches when possible, and pointed out that his school district was the first school district in the United States to institute “Meatless Mondays.” He hopes that Meatless Mondays begin to expose kids to alternatives, but does not discourage them from including meat in their diet.

For the official testimony: http://edlabor.house.gov/hearings/2009/10/examining-innovative-practices.shtml

Nutritional Quality of Competitive Foods Improve

School nutrition programs are making great strides in improving the nutrition quality of items sold in a la carte lines, school stores and vending machines, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report included in the October 5, 2009 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the percentage of schools in which students cannot purchase candy or high fat salty snacks increased in 37 of the 40 states examined. The percentage of schools in which students cannot purchase soft drink or sports drinks has also increased.

The report analyzed 2002-2008 survey data from the CDC’s School Health Profiles for public secondary schools, which included responses from 40 states. It found that nationally, the mean percentage of schools that prohibited the purchase of candy and high-fat salty snacks increased from 45.7% in 2006 to 63.5% in 2008. The mean percentage of schools that do not allow students to purchase soft drinks increased from 37.8% in 2006 to 62.9% in 2008. More schools also prohibited students from purchasing sports drinks in schools. In 2006, only 28.4% of schools did not allow students purchase sports drinks. That figure rose to 43.7% in 2008.

DeLauro Calls for USDA Investigation into Tainted Beef

Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), chairwoman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, is demanding greater accountability from large slaughterhouses. She responded to allegations that appeared in the Sunday, October 4, 2009 issue of the New York Times, accompanied by information regarding tainted meat. Due to safety failures during beef inspection, DeLauro called on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to hold large slaughterhouses accountable for inspections into the safety of meat. DeLauro’s letter emphasizes part of the mission of the USDA, which is to place importance in the goal of protecting the public health. Her letter to Vilsack points to a lack of attentiveness and irresponsibility on the part of some USDA officials. DeLauro seeks answers to her questions that directly affect the public health.

Officials launch the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

On October 8, 2009 USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack and Under Secretary Raj Shah, M.D., and Dr. John Holdren White House Science Advisor, launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Vilsack gave a speech based on the necessary role of science and research at USDA. The event was held at the National Press Club where Dr. Roger Beachy was introduced as the NIFA’s first Director.

USA Today Covers School Meal Charge Policies

Last Friday, USA Today published an article the increasing number of students charging school meals. The article quotes Dora Rivas stating that the increasing number of meal charges is indicative of families’ economic struggles. Several examples showing how school districts are handling the charge policy situation were included.

Lunch Debts Piling Up for School Districts - USA Today

Mark Your Calendars for Educate Your Community Week

November 16-20, 2009 is Educate Your Community Week. SNA encourages you to help educate community officials, teachers, students, and parents on the importance of the School Lunch Program. Recently, the school nutrition programs have received some less than favorable media attention. It’s particularly important with the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization to set the record straight. Please start early in developing a plan for Educate Your Community Week. SNA invites you to share success stories and creative ideas for education about the School Lunch Program. Please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org for additional information and help others learn as well.

Whole Grains Focus of November School Nutrition Workshop

The Grains for Health Foundation is sponsoring a workshop on Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 12, 2009 9:00 am-4:30 p.m. The workshop will consist of school foodservice directors and personnel, food industry product developers and distributors, and experts from farm-to-school programs. They will collaborate on current topics including, how schools buy foods to improve efficiency, the use of whole-grain and nutrient-dense foods, new product development. They will also have the opportunity to offer input to influence the Grains for Health Foundation’s work in improving child health. Additionally, there will be a hands-on session aimed at examining product and recipe development for school foodservice.

For additional information, and to register, please visit the link below.

School Nutrition - Understanding our Food Chain to Help Improve Child Health

Apply for Your Love Your Veggies™ Grant Before November 6!

The clock’s ticking on your opportunity to win a $10,000 grant to support increased access to and consumption of fresh produce during school meals in your elementary school. The Love Your Veggies™ grant program, sponsored by the makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings in partnership with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), is now in its fourth year. The grant deadline is November 6. For complete information, visit www.LoveYourVeggies.com

With today’s tight budgets, any extra funds to help increase fresh produce in schools are welcome. With only 10 grants nationwide, how do you make your application stand out? It is important to develop a complete and concise plan that meets the key priorities of the program.

  • Read the grant application and selection criteria carefully. Incorporate key information into your ideas and your plan for implementing the program.
  • Get input from others. It is challenging to think through the steps, timeline, and budget alone. Furthermore, if you do receive a grant, you will need the support of others to make it work. Start now by included your key partners in deciding what you will do with your grant.
  • Think sustainability. Grants are a great way to get new programs started. However, funders are always interested in how the program that you start will continue even when the grant funds run out. Think about how you are planting a seed and how that seed will continue to grow to keep encouraging your students to eat more fresh produce at school

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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