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May 11, 2010

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SNA Joins sign-on Letter in Support of Robustly Funded Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

221 Bipartisan Members Express Strong Support for Child Nutrition Programs

Support the Healthy Start Act

Chu Introduces Indirect Costs Bill

National Governors Association Addresses Child Nutrition Reauthorization

American Dietetic Association Issues Position Statement on Child and Adolescent Nutrition Assistance Programs

Pennsylvania Considers Competitive Food Standards Regulations

Action for Healthy Kids to Host Webinar on School Wellness Policy Assessment

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SNA Joins sign-on Letter in Support of Robustly Funded Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

SNA joined a sign-on letter addressed to Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) in an effort to urge Senate leadership to bring a strong and robustly funded Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill to the floor. The letter encourages Senate leadership to bring The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, S. 3307, to the Senate floor with the entire funding increase as proposed by President Obama ($10billion/10years). SNA joined other national organizations including; Alliance to End Hunger, Congressional Hunger Center, Feeding America, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and several others.

See the letter here: http://frac.org/pdf/antihunger_signon_letter_may10_2010.pdf

221 Bipartisan Members Express Strong Support for Child Nutrition Programs

221 bipartisan members of Congress led by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), and U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) released a letter to Speaker Pelosi on May 6 to express strong support for reauthorizing Child Nutrition Programs this year. Representatives McGovern and Emerson are co-chairs of the House Hunger Caucus. President Obama has included a $1 billion increase in funding for these programs in both his FY 2010 and FY 2011 budgets.

To read the letter that 221 Bipartisan members have signed onto: http://frac.org/pdf/dear_colleague_april2010.pdf

Support the Healthy Start Act

In March, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) introduced the Healthy Start Act (H.R. 4638). This bipartisan bill would help to increase access to and participation in the School Breakfast Program by providing 5 cents in breakfast commodity assistance. Currently, the school nutrition programs do not receive commodity assistance for the school breakfasts they serve. The School Nutrition Association, along with the American Commodity Distribution Association, supports this bill.

Please take a moment to contact your Member of Congress and ask them to support H.R. 4638. Please click on the link below for a sample letter you can send to your Member of Congress.

Support the Healthy Start Act

Chu Introduces Indirect Costs Bill

Representative Judy Chu (D-Calf.) introduced legislation that would ensure school nutrition programs are allowed to correctly use federal funds. The bill, H.R. 5202, The National School Lunch Protection Act of 2010, would require the Secretary of Agriculture to issue guidance on allowable costs that may be charged to school districts, including indirect and direct costs. The legislation would also require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study to assess the extent that school nutrition programs pay for indirect costs and what the financial implications are. Following the completion of the study, the Secretary will be required to introduce additional guidance, if needed. A similar provision is included in the Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, S. 3307.

Indirect costs are a source of significant financial challenges for many school districts. While some school nutrition programs are not charged indirect costs, many do incur additional costs that are not directly associated with the administration of the programs. This legislation intends to ensure that school nutrition programs are charged for reasonable costs. In a Dear Colleague letter encouraging fellow Members of the House of Representatives to cosponsor the legislation, Representative Chu noted a recent SNA survey that found 52 percent of school nutrition programs were charged indirect costs.

National Governors Association Addresses Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Last week, the National Governors Association (NGA) addressed Child Nutrition Reauthorization in a letter sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). The NGA letter supports the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which was passed out of committee by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on March 24. The NGA supports several of the provisions of the legislation including: Meal Reimbursement increases, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) support grants, extension of afterschool meals to all states and state incentives for Direct Certification.

The governors voiced concern with a few provisions in the Act including: Arbitrary Federal Benchmarks on Direct Certification, School Performance Monitoring and Federally Mandated Meal Price. The governors support a policy that will recognize differences among states, maximize state best practices and encourage state innovation. The governors recognize that training, resources and increased funding are needed and support a policy that will reflect this necessity.

See the letter here: http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.cb6e7818b34088d18a278110501010a0/?vgnextoid=9aefdfdd9b868210VgnVCM1000005e00100aRCRD

American Dietetic Association Issues Position Statement on Child and Adolescent Nutrition Assistance Programs

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recently released their position statement regarding Child and Adolescent Nutrition Assistance Programs. The ADA supports nutrition assistance programs as they play a vital role in ensuring that children and adolescents at risk for substandard nutritional intakes have access to a nutritious food supply. Federally assisted nutrition assistance programs help to alleviate hunger and food insecurity and serve as a platform to promote nutrition education and physical activity targeted at preventing obesity and chronic disease.

Pennsylvania Considers Competitive Food Standards Regulations

Add Pennsylvania to a growing list of states that have passed regulations or legislation for competitive foods sold in schools. Last week, the Pennsylvania Board of Education gave its initial approval to new state standards for competitive foods and physical activity. The pending regulations will now go through a series of reviews and be sent back to the board for a second vote in six to nine months. The regulations are expected to take affect during either the 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 school year. If approved these guidelines would set specific nutrition requirements for competitive foods, such as calorie, fat, sugar, and sodium limits.

Guidelines for nutrition, fitness eyed – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Action for Healthy Kids to Host Webinar on School Wellness Policy Assessment

Action for Healthy Kids, along with Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, will host a webinar on the Wellness School Assessment Tool (WellSAT) on Friday, May 14th from 1:00-2:15 PM ET. The WellSAT assesses the comprehensiveness and strength of school districts’ local wellness policies in the areas of nutrition education and promotion, physical activity/physical education, school meals, and competitive foods. Educators, school nutrition professionals, and district wellness coordinators are strongly encouraged to evaluate their school wellness policies.

To register for the webinar, please visit the link below.
Strengthen Your Wellness Policy – Webinar Registration

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