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June 1, 2010

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House Approves Amendment on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

USDA Wraps Up Visits Promoting Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Federal Trade Commission Proposes Orders to Companies That Market Food to Children

Joanne Kinsey Named 2010 Silver Plate Winner

Florida School Breakfast Law Goes into Effect Next School Year

Delaware Bill Would Provide Universal Free Breakfast

Representatives from 14 Countries to Discuss International School Feeding Efforts

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House Approves Amendment on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill, calling on Congress to fund Child Nutrition Reauthorization at the President’s requested increase of $1 billion per year. The amendment, sponsored by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), was approved by a vote of 341-85. The amendment recognized childhood obesity as a national security issue.

Last month, 221 Members of Congress, a majority of the House, sent a letter to the Speaker in support of the President’s request. The House Committee on Education and Labor is expected to release its version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill in the coming weeks.

USDA Wraps Up Visits Promoting Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Senior officials at the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up a national tour promoting Child Nutrition Reauthorization last week. Throughout the months of April and May, key USDA officials visited school nutrition programs across the country, joining students for school lunch and discussing the Obama Administration’s priorities for increasing funding and improving the quality of school meals. USDA is advocating for increasing the federal reimbursement for school meals, updating nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, and expanding program access. The visits also promoted First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.

Last week, USDA Food and Nutrition Services Administrator Julie Paradis visited the Lolo Elementary School in Lolo, Mont. During her visit, Paradis met with 35 school nutrition professionals, school administrators, community leaders, and other individuals during a round table discussion. The previous week, Food and Nutrition Services Deputy Administrator Audrey Rowe visited Fishers Elementary School in Fishers, Ind., where she joined school leaders, teachers and students. During both visits, the USDA officials discussed the Obama Administration’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization priorities and the Let’s Move! campaign.

Joanne Kinsey Named 2010 Silver Plate Winner

On May 24, the International Food Manufacturers Association honored SNA member Joanne Kinsey, SNS as a 2010 Silver Plate Award Winner in the Elementary and Secondary schools category. Kinsey received the award at the Gold and Silver Plate Celebration Dinner, held during the National Restaurant Association’s annual conference in Chicago, Ill. The prestigious Silver Plate recognizes achievements in foodservice management, marketing, human resources and industry and civic participation.

Joanne Kinsey is the Director of School Nutrition Services for Chesapeake School District in southeastern Virginia. A long time member of SNA, Kinsey is a member of the SNA Board of Directors and chair of the Association’s Education Committee. Kinsey is a past president of the School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania.
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14053&blogid=622&terms=kinsey

Federal Trade Commission Proposes Orders to Companies That Market Food to Children

On May 25, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a notice in the Federal Register inviting another opportunity for public comment on its proposal to issue compulsory process orders (6(b) orders) to 48 companies that market food and beverages to children and adolescents. The FTC intends to issue 48 6(b) orders, but has not disclosed which companies will be in receipt of these orders. Comments must be submitted no later than June 24, 2010. Under section 6(b) of the FTC Act, the Commission has the authority to compel information and data from “persons, partnerships, and corporations, engaged in or whose business affects commerce.”

Congress instructed the FTC to prepare a report on marketing activities and expenditures in the food industry targeted toward children and adolescents. The FTC collected data and information on the companies’ advertising practices and expenditures related to foods often marketed toward children and adolescents.

Florida School Breakfast Law Goes into Effect Next School Year

A Florida law requiring school districts to provide free breakfast to all students in schools with 80 percent or greater free or reduced price participation goes into effect in at the beginning of next school year. While the start of the 2010-11 school year is still a few months away, some school nutrition professionals are concerned with the new law. The law passed by the Florida legislature does not provide extra funding for schools required to provide universal free breakfast, leaving school nutrition programs to cover the additional cost. While many school nutrition professionals applaud the measure, they are concerned their cash-strapped programs will be unable to absorb the additional costs. School districts have the option to opt out of providing these meals.

Law could feed more local students – Sarasota Herald Tribune

Delaware Bill Would Provide Universal Free Breakfast

A bill introduced in the Delaware legislature would provide free school breakfast to all students. The legislation, HB 40, would create the Delaware Universal Breakfast Fund, to ensure that all children are able to access a healthy, nutritious school breakfast each school day. The fund would be financed through unclaimed bottle recycling deposits. The unclaimed deposits add up to approximately $3 million per year, which is the approximate cost of the program. The legislation is currently under consideration and hinges on whether or not a bill that would repeal the bottle deposit in December is struck down.

Delaware bill would create new school breakfast program – WHYY News and Information

Representatives from 14 Countries to Discuss International School Feeding Efforts

This week, the US based Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) will bring together international school feeding advocates - 40 delegates from 14 countries - to explore ways for developing countries to start and expand school feeding programs. Marshall Matz, SNA Counsel and Penny McConnell, past SNA President, will give presentations about school feeding at the Forum this week. Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA, will speak on a panel discussion about “Building School Feeding Networks.”

The 12th annual meeting of the Global Child Nutrition Forum, scheduled for June 1-5 in Accra, Ghana, will assist leaders in developing countries by giving them skills, knowledge and tools to launch and expand sustainable school feeding programs. School feeding programs offer a critical social safety net for children living in poverty by increasing access to education and learning, while improving children’s health and nutrition.

http://www.gcnf.org/index.php?/content/view/191/58/

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