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January 12, 2010

 

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Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Scheduled to Speak at LAC

Register Now for LAC 2010!

Two New Bills Reflect CNR Priorities

Urge Congress to Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization

House Agriculture Committee to Hold Hearing in California

State Legislators Introduce Nutrition Standards Bills

Sign Up for USDA’s Commodity Alert System!

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Scheduled to Speak at LAC

Just confirmed! Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will address attendees during the final session of the 2010 Legislative Action Conference on Wednesday, March 3rd. Secretary Vilsack will speak about the Obama Administration’s priorities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization and dedication to promoting healthy schools.

Register Now for LAC 2010!

Hurry! The Early Bird registration deadline for SNA’s 2010 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is drawing near—January 15th. Register now and save!
The voices of school nutrition always ring out loud and clear during LAC, and this year will be no different. Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and prepare to shape and define national policy relating to school nutrition. SNA’s 38th annual LAC will take place February 28-March 3, 2010, at the JW Marriott Hotel, in the heart of the nation’s capital.

When you register, consider signing up for a pre-conference session. These sessions will be held on Saturday, February 27th and cover timely issues facing school nutrition programs. Space is limited, so register today!

  •  Special Meals for Special Kids: Providing Meals to Students with Special Diets – Food allergies and intolerances encompass far more than peanut allergies. School nutrition programs also must serve students with special dietary needs, including gluten-free diets and phenylketonuria (PKU – protein deficiency). In this session, learn about these types of diets from a medical professional specializing in food allergies, intolerances and special dietary concerns, and understand the legalities of providing meals for students with special dietary needs. In the final hour, a special school nutrition director’s panel will discuss their strategies for providing meals to students with special diets.
  • Fiscal Challenges and Budgeting Solutions – Do you struggle with the controversial question of how to manage delinquent meal charges and the havoc they wreak on your school foodservice budget? Do you grapple with escalating indirect costs? Are you scrounging for new ways to stretch every penny and maintain your program’s fiscal integrity? You are not alone! Find out how these challenges are impacting school nutrition programs across the nation, hear how some school districts are rising to the challenge and learn some unique tactics for controlling costs and maximizing your resources.

For registration information, please visit the link below.

LAC 2010

Two New Bills Reflect CNR Priorities

Momentum for Child Nutrition Reauthorization keeps building in D.C. as members of Congress introduce two bills that reflect key priorities. The Universal Classroom Breakfast Expansion Act, H.R. 4325, would ensure that more low-income children have access to a healthy breakfast at school.

The Ensuring All Students Year-round (EASY) Access to Meals and Snacks Act, H.R. 4274, would allow local government agencies and private nonprofit organizations to feed children meals and snacks throughout the year. The bill would expand the Summer Food Service Program to allow localities to address the gaps that exist for children during the weekends, school holidays, and during the summer.

To read more about these bills and to take action, click here: http://frac.org/Legislative/action_center/current_childnutrition_bills09.htm

Urge Congress to Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Urge your member of Congress to support a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. Send an action alert to your elected leaders, asking them to support SNA’s priorities for Reauthorization 2010, including:

  • provide adequate funding for school meals
  • implement consistent, national guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • define what expenses can be paid for with the funds appropriated.

To submit an action alert, please visit the link below.

Action Alert: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

House Agriculture Committee to Hold Hearing in California

The House Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, January 25 at 10:00am. The hearing will specifically focus on California food programs and food stamps, while reviewing the federal nutrition program.

For more information, please visit the House Agriculture Committee web site http://agriculture.house.gov

State Legislators Introduce Nutrition Standards Bills

With the start of the New Year comes the start of many state legislative sessions, resulting in a flurry of new child nutrition related bills. In Mississippi, legislators introduced House Bill 131, a bill that would require school districts to serve low-fat meals and snacks to students diagnosed as overweight. If passed, the bill would require school nutrition programs to prepare and provide low-fat snacks and meals to students who have been diagnosed as overweight by a physician or if their parents have submitted a written request for these meals. The legislation would also require the state board of education to adopt standards for competitive foods.

Legislation was also introduced in Wisconsin requiring school districts to adopt a stringent set of standards for competitive foods beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. If passed, Assembly Bill 620 would also prohibit all public schools, charter schools, and private schools from entering into modifying or renewing a contract with a vending machine company after July 1, 2011 unless the terms of the contract that will be in effect on July 1, 2012 comply with the restrictions in the bill.

To learn more about these bills, please visit the Federal and State Legislation link at the end of this newsletter.

Sign Up for USDA’s Commodity Alert System!

Quickly learn about USDA commodity food safety alerts by signing up for the USDA Commodity Alert System. Click on the following link to sign up for the system.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/fd_foodsafety.htm

 

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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