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November 3, 2009

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Comments on Professionals Standards from Task Force Chair

H1N1 Resources Available for School Nutrition Programs

Food Spending Declined and Food Insecurity Increased from 2000 to 2007

Mark Your Calendars for Educate Your Community Week!

CNIC 2010: Many Voices, One Vision

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Releases Survey Results

Kids, Fast Food & Obesity

USDA Announces Webinars to Discuss Ending Childhood Hunger

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

Dan Glickman to Receive 2010 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

Comments on Professional Standards from Task Force Chair

SNA President-Elect Nancy Rice, chair of the Professional Standards Task Force has written a letter addressing the questions and concerns of SNA members regarding the Task Force’s recommended standards. To view letter, and join the discussion on the Professional Standards, please visit the link listed below.

Open Forum on Professional Standards (log-in required)

H1N1 Resources Available for School Nutrition Programs

When schools close, students who rely on the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program may struggle to access healthy and balanced meals. In August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released guidance and a waiver application regarding a provision in the National School Lunch Act that allows the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option to operate so that school districts can serve children who are not in school due to unanticipated school closures. School nutrition operations nationwide are working hard to ensure that their programs can continue to serve children should their schools close in response to an H1N1 influenza outbreak.

Click on the link below to access resources and tools from SNA, USDA and other government agencies that are designed to guide school nutrition programs facing an H1N1 flu outbreak. This website will be updated as new information becomes available.

H1N1 (Swine) Flu Resources

Food Spending Declined and Food Insecurity Increased from 2000 to 2007

A recently released USDA report found that food spending declined while food insecurity increased for middle-income and low-income households between 2000 and 2007. According to the report, the data suggests that with the decline of inflation-adjusted food spending for the given demographics, households were either reducing the quantity of food purchased or are purchasing lower cost foods. The study utilized data from the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (CPS-FSS) and the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES), which were both sponsored by the USDA. USDA’s Economic Research Service analyzed the results. Policy makers need to understand whether the decline in inflation-adjusted food spending signifies deterioration in the food security of households in the U.S.
The full report can be found here: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB61/

Mark Your Calendars for Educate Your Community Week

It’s almost here! 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. 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.

CNIC 2010: Many Voices, One Vision

Individual perceptions of the current state of school meals may vary, but there is a common goal that is shared among all voices in the school nutrition debate, and it’s one that mirrors the vision of the School Nutrition Association (SNA): “Healthful meals and nutrition education are available to all children.”

But it is in identifying the strategies, tactics and priorities for realizing that shared goal that our voices can digress and divide. Nonetheless, overall success ultimately will hinge on all stakeholders leveraging their disparate positions and powers together in the development of a united front.

This is a key reason why the Steering Committee for SNA’s 2010 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) is pleased to announce that Chef Ann Cooper has accepted an invitation to participate in this year’s meeting as a speaker and a panelist.

To learn more about this session, please visit the link below. http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13174&blogid=622

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Releases Survey Results

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation issued a press release on October 28, 2009 regarding a survey suggesting overwhelming parent support for creating healthier schools. The Alliance found positive results regarding parental involvement. The survey found that most parents are willing to help schools increase physical activity and improve food offerings. The survey revealed that the majority of parents are in agreement that schools should encourage more physical activity and limit the access children have to less healthy foods.
To view the full survey findings online, go to www.HealthierGeneration.org.

USDA Announces Webinars to Discuss Ending Childhood Hunger

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will be hosting a series of public listening sessions on the subject matter of ending childhood hunger. Participants are invited to join via webinar. President Obama recently pledged to eradicate childhood hunger in the United States by 2015. FNS’ goal is to use the listening sessions to gather input from a variety of stakeholders. FNS staff will listen during the session for input from professional organizations, private industry, community and faith-based organizations, as well as many other interested parties. The FNS will record the recommendations and comments made during the sessions.

The webinar listening sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2009: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
  • Thursday, November 19, 2009: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
  • Monday, November 23, 2009: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
  • Thursday, December 3, 2009: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

For more information, please visit the link below.

Ending Child Hunger – USDA FNS

Kids, Fast Food & Obesity

This report found that only 3% of fast food menus meet the National School Lunch Program guidelines. Fast food menus far exceed recommended daily caloric intake and provide little nutritional value. The rise of obesity and continued consumption of fast food in the United States encouraged the need for a study. The study is the first-of-its-kind and it honed in on kid’s meals served at 10 well-known regional or national fast-food restaurant chains in Houston, Texas. Investigators found that only 3 percent of kid’s meals offered at the sampled eateries met standards set by the National School Lunch Program for meals intended for children in kindergarten through third grade.

Full information can be found: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/oct09/kids1009.htm 

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 School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), is now in its fourth year. The grant deadline is November 6. For complete information, visit www.LoveYourVeggies.com

Dan Glickman to Receive 2010 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

The 2010 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition will be awarded to Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, former Congressman and long-time champion of child nutrition causes worldwide.
Mr. Glickman, current Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), will be honored by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation at the non-profit’s annual A Possible Dream Gala scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
For the full press release, please visit: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13169&blogid=564

 

State and Federal Legislation (login required)

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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