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June 8, 2010

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SNA Member Chefs Join First Lady for Chefs Move to School Event

Senators Send Letter Asking for Swift Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

SNA & Other Groups Keep Grassroots Press on CNR

USDA Joins Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in Maine to Highlight Efforts to Improve School Meals and Health of Nation's Children

Establishing a Policy Framework for School Feeding

New Analysis Examines Impact of "Competitive Foods" on Low-Income Children's Health and Well-being

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SNA Member Chefs Join First Lady for Chefs Move to School Event

On June 4, SNA members Chef Brad Trudeau, Dallas Independent School District, Texas, and Chef Tony Geraci, Baltimore City School District, Maryland, joined First Lady Michelle Obama on the White House lawn for the official kick-off of Chefs Move to School.

The event, drawing nationally renowned chefs from across the country, celebrated the new Let’s Move! initiative to encourage chefs and school nutrition programs to join forces in providing children with healthy school meals and nutrition education. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Chefs Move to Schools will allow chefs to share their expertise with schools - from developing menus that meet the USDA’s dietary standards within budget, to educating children about making healthy food choices.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14084&blogid=564

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/chefs-answer-first-ladys-call-join-lets-move

Senators Send Letter Asking for Swift Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

A bipartisan group of 53 Senators sent a letter to the Senate leadership calling for swift passage of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. Sent in late May, the letter was signed by a bipartisan contingent including Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The letter acknowledges that there are many legislative priorities pressing Congress, but argues that Child Nutrition Reauthorization should be considered a priority. They argue that this legislation is particularly important considering the increase in families relying on these programs during the current economic crisis.

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, S.3307, is the Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. The legislation requests $4.5 billion over 10 years for the federal child nutrition programs. This is the largest increase in history for these programs, but falls short of President Barack Obama’s requested $10 billion over 10 years.

For additional information on the bill, please visit the link below.

 Senate Agriculture Committee Press Release & Letter  (pdf)

SNA & Other Groups Keep Grassroots Pressure on CNR

SNA, along with other child health and anti-hunger organizations, are working to make sure Child Nutrition Reauthorization remains a priority on Capitol Hill this summer. Since the beginning of the year, over 4,700 action alert messages have been sent by SNA members to their members of Congress. These messages call on Congress to support increased funding for school meals. To send an action alert to your Member of Congress, please visit the link at the end of this article.

Other organizations are encouraging individuals to come to Washington, DC to meet with their Members of Congress during a special lobby day. On June 10, 2010, the Food Research and Action Center is encouraging school nutrition advocates to meet with their Members of Congress and urge them to pass a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. You do not need to be in Washington, DC to advocate for the school nutrition programs! Many SNA members have invited Members of Congress to tour their school nutrition programs and join their students for lunch. SNA members have also scheduled calls with their Congressional representatives or met with them in their state offices to discuss Child Nutrition Reauthorization. For additional information, please visit the links at the end of this article.

Tell Congress! Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization – Action Alert
Cafeteria Site Visits 101 (pdf)
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USDA Joins Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in Maine to Highlight Efforts to Improve School Meals and Health of Nation's Children

USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon joined Congresswoman Chellie Pingree from Maine's 1st Congressional District on June 1 to discuss the Obama Administration's priorities for improving school meals and the health of children across the nation. They met with nutrition experts, teachers, parents and school officials during a Children's Nutrition Forum at Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton, Maine. Concannon and Pingree discussed the need for a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill to enhance efforts to reduce hunger, combat obesity and improve child nutrition.

USDA Joins Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Establishing a Policy Framework for School Feeding

Marshall Matz, School Nutrition Association Washington Counsel, recently spoke at the Global Child Nutrition Forum in Accra, Ghana. Matz delivered a presentation in which he discussed how to establish the policy framework necessary to start or expand school feeding programs in developing countries. School feeding programs are an effective way to reach hungry children, particularly young girls. Matz emphasized that school feeding programs are not only effective tools to fight hunger, but that school feeding supports education, healthcare and the agriculture sector.
Coordinated by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), the week long conference brought together international school feeding advocates including more than 40 delegates representing 14 different countries. Also attending were representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Bank, the Partnership for Child Development, the United Nations World Food Programme, World Vision and the Latin American School Feeding Network. GCNF President Gene White and former SNA President Penny McConnell, SNS also spoke at the Forum.

GCNF’s Press Release: http://www.gcnf.org/index.php?/content/view/191/58/

New Analysis Examines Impact of "Competitive Foods" on Low-Income Children's Health and Well-being

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) recently released an analysis on the impact of “competitive foods” on low-income children’s health and well-being. The publication also outlines opportunities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization to improve the school food environment. Competitive foods are not part of the national school meal programs, but are foods that may be available elsewhere in the school, such as vending machines and “a la carte” lines. Aside from negatively impacting the health and well-being of students, competitive foods deter students from participating in school meal programs.

http://frac.org/pdf/CNR05_competitivefoods.pdf (pdf)

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