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USDA Releases SY 2010-11 Reimbursement Rates

SNA Commends House Committee on Child Nutrition Reauthorization Mark Up

Help Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization! Call the President and Your Member of Congress Today!

Bill Aims at Reducing Processed Foods in Schools Introduced in House

Nancy Rice Named 2010-2011 President of the School Nutrition Association

New Study Demonstrates Value of Offering Flavored Milk

App for Healthy Kids: Choose Your Favorite

Apply for a USDA Community Facilities Grant

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

USDA Releases SY 2010-11 Reimbursement Rates

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has published the reimbursement rates for the 2010-11 school year. The rates are effective as of July 1, 2010.

The basic rate (Section 4 and Section 11 funds) for paid lunch in the 48 contiguous states is 26¢ - an increase of one cent from last school year. Free lunches will be reimbursed at $2.72 per meal - up from $2.68 last year. Reduced price lunch reimbursement is now $2.32 up from $2.28 last year.

Paid breakfast reimbursement rates remained the same at 26¢ and free breakfast is now $1.48 while reduced-price breakfast is now $1.18 in non-severe need districts. In severe need districts, free breakfast is now $1.76 and reduced-price breakfast is $1.46.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14195&blogid=622  

SNA Commends House Committee on Child Nutrition Reauthorization Mark Up

Last week, the House Education and Labor Committee approved H.R. 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act. Members approved the legislation by a vote of 32 to 13 during the Committee’s mark up on July 14-15, 2010. The bill now moves to the House floor for debate.

The “Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act” includes many reforms that will allow more sufficient access and fewer barriers to child nutrition programs. The bill would increase the reimbursement rate for schools and require schools to set competitive food standards. The legislation would spend an additional $8 billion over 10 years on child nutrition programs. As over 32 million children rely on federal child nutrition programs, the legislation has the potential to further improve school nutrition programs nationwide.

Highlights of the amendments agreed to by a voice vote include:

  • Representative Jared Polis (D-CO.) offered an amendment that would require the Secretary of Agriculture to develop professional standards for school nutrition professionals.
  • Representative Dale Kildee (D-MI.) offered an amendment that would automatically enroll any foster care child who is a member of an Indian tribe into child nutrition programs.
  • Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) added language that would require state agencies to give priority to schools in lowest poverty areas.
  • Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA) suggested language that would direct the Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the appropriate Congressional committees after an examination of access to free and reduced price school meals for eligible children of members of the Armed Forces on active duty.
  • Representative David Wu (D-OR.) offered an amendment to include frozen fruit without added sugar in the school food programs.
  • The full list of Amendments (both agreed and not decided can be found here) http://edlabor.house.gov/markups/2010/07/hr-5504-improving-nutrition-fo.shtml

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement following the mark up of H.R. 5504 and praised the bipartisan commitment to reduce hunger and improve the health and academic achievement of the Nation’s children. The bill bolsters nutrition standards for schools meals and increases access to healthy school meals. Committee passage brings child nutrition programs one step closer to reauthorization. To view Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsacks comments, see this link: Secretary Vilsack’s Statement on House Education and Labor Committee markup of CNR Bill

The House bill’s markup reignites the reauthorization process. The legislation largely mirrors the Senate’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provisions, but is expected to expand the Senate bill’s additional funds for child nutrition programs.

Bill Text: http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/legislation/ImprovingNutritionforAmericasChildrenAct.pdf

Help Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization! Call the President and Your Member of Congress Today!

Please call the President and your Member of Congress today and ask them to pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation now! H.R. 5504, the House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, was introduced on June 10 and was passed out of Committee last week. The legislation includes numerous provisions from SNA’s 2010 Legislative Action Paper. This legislation would expand access to the programs and provide an increase in reimbursement of 6 cents. The nutrition programs are currently working under an extension of current law. It is imperative that Congress pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization this year.

It's easy to call the President or your Member of Congress. To reach the White House comments line, dial 202-456-1111. To contact your Member of Congress, dial the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Member of Congress.

When you call, be sure to say:
Our kids cannot afford to wait! Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization, now! Please support H.R. 5504!

Bill Aims at Reducing Processed Foods in Schools Introduced in House

Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduced H.R. 5738, the School Enhancement of America's Talented Students (EATS) Act, on July 14, 2010. If passed, this legislation would provide grants to school nutrition programs in order to reduce the amount of processed foods served. The grant money can be used to purchase non-processed foods, training for school foodservice staff, and purchasing new kitchen equipment. The legislation includes $8 million in funding to administer this program during fiscal years 2011-2014.

Nancy Rice Named 2010-2011 President of the School Nutrition Association

During the closing session of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 64th Annual National Conference on July 12, 2010, more than 5,000 members and participants welcomed a new president of the Association. Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, State Director of the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division, was named the 63rd president of SNA.

Rice has held a distinguished career in the school nutrition arena for 25 years. In 2008, Rice accepted her position as State Director, School Nutrition Division at Georgia’s State Department of Education, where she oversees child nutrition programs throughout the state, serving approximately 1,188,000 lunches and 516,000 breakfasts daily. Prior to joining the Georgia State Department of Education, Rice was the Nutrition Services Director for three Georgia school districts.

Click here to read the press release

New Study Demonstrates Value of Offering Flavored Milk

MilkPEP, the Milk Processor Education Program, released a study on July 13, 2010 that reveals the impact of eliminating flavored milk choices from school cafeterias.

The study, which measured milk consumption over three months at 58 schools nationwide, found that when flavored milk was removed from the lunch line, milk consumption dropped an average of 35 percent. Furthermore, the study shows that replacing milk’s essential nutrients would require the consumption of three to four different food items.

More information on the study, released at School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference in Dallas, can be found here.

App for Healthy Kids: Choose Your Favorite

The Apps for Healthy Kids competition, part of the Let’s Move! initiative and managed by the USDA has posted final entries online in the Application Gallery. Public voting began on July 14, 2010 and will come to a close at 12:00 pm EDT on August 14, 2010. During the next few weeks, USDA encourages the public to test the tools, play the games, vote and share the information with family and friends. An all-star panel of judges, which includes former SNA President, Dora Rivas will review submissions and allocate $60,000 in prizes based on judging criteria.

Since the Apps for Healthy Kids competition was unveiled in March, hundreds of participants have collaborated to build 95 games and tools, with the hope of encouraging kids to make healthy food choices and maintain an active lifestyle.

To learn more about the competition, the prizes and the judging criteria:
www.appsforhealthykids.com.

Apply for a USDA Community Facilities Grant

The USDA Rural Development'sCommunity Facilities Program received $44 million in federal funding and an additional $31 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (stimulus) funds that must be awarded by August 2010. Grants range from $20,000 to $60,000 and will be awarded to towns, tribes, counties, and non-governmental organizations. Is your school district in need of new kitchen equipment, or are you looking to participate in a Farm to School program? If you work in a rural community of fewer than 20,000 people, you are eligible to apply for a USDA Community Facilities Grant.

Click here for more information: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-CF_Grants.html

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.


 
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