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July 27, 2010

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Tell Congress: Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization Now!

Organizations Begin Big Push on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Submit Your School Nutrition Success Story at www.TrayTalk.org

App for Healthy Kids: Choose Your Favorite

Carsey Institute Holds Congressional Briefing on Getting Healthy Food to Rural Children

Funding Opportunity: The 2010 Out of the Box Prize

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Tell Congress: Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization Now!

Time is running out for Congress to pass a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill before the November elections. Now is the time to ask your Members of Congress to bring H.R. 5504 to the floor for consideration and a vote. SNA has posted a checklist with a few suggestions to help you assist SNA in pushing Child Nutrition Reauthorization:

  • Send an Action Alert – Send an Action Alert to your Congressional representatives. Click here to send an email letter directly to your Member of Congress.
  • Sign SNA’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization Petition – SNA collected more than 1,500 signatures from SNA members during ANC 2010 in Dallas. If you weren’t able to sign the petition at ANC, you can now add your name online. Click here to read and sign the petition. You can also print off the letter and encourage SNA members to sign the petition at local chapter meetings.
  • Call the White House and your Member of Congress - 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!
  • Schedule a Meeting with Your Member of Congress – Don’t just call your Member of Congress; schedule an appointment with him or her at their district office! Meeting face to face with your Congressional representative or their staff is an effect of way of indicating your support for reauthorization. Click this link tolook up your Member of Congress.

To view the full checklist: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14202&blogid=622

Organizations Begin Big Push on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Last Wednesday, an advertisement signed by SNA and 127 other anti-hunger, education, and public health organizations ran in the Capitol Hill publications, Roll Call and CQ Today. The ad calls on Congress to pass “a robust, well-funded child nutrition bill this summer” in order to reach the goals of ending childhood hunger by 2015 and solving childhood obesity in a generation. This advertisement was seen by over 40,000 key policymakers, including members of Congress, Obama Administration officials, and key staff members.  To view the advertisement, click here (pdf).

Two opinion pieces echoing similar themes also recently appeared in several Capitol Hill publications. On Monday, July 12th, an op-ed by guest observer Steven Katz noted that the Child Nutrition Act gives Congress the opportunity to positively affect the health of millions of Americans. He also discussed how the success of the child nutrition programs are dependent on collaboration between federal, state, and local governments, school systems, and non-profit organizations. In an op-ed in last Thursday’s issue of The Hill, Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest also called on Congress to pass a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. She argues that Congress must pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization now to strengthen the child nutrition programs and ensure that all children benefit from healthy, nutritious meals.

Submit Your School Nutrition Success Story at www.TrayTalk.org

SNA is launching an exciting new PR campaign called Tray Talk (www.TrayTalk.org) in time for back to school 2010. It is designed to emphasize all the benefits of school meals and showcase success stories from school nutrition programs nationwide.

The full scale website will launch in the mid-August, but SNA members can get involved now by submitting a school nutrition success story at www.TrayTalk.org. This is the time to show off your school nutrition program’s unique accomplishments for parents to hear about. These can range from healthy balanced school meals, to farm to school programs, to nutrition education/wellness programs, to alternative ways of serving meals or any other success story that may be relevant for parents.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14204&blogid=622

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.

Carsey Institute Holds Congressional Briefing on Getting Healthy Food to Rural Children

On July 23, 2010, The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) held a briefing entitled “Getting Healthy Food to Rural Children: The Importance of the Child Nutrition Programs” which included a panel of distinguished experts who presented material on rural participation in federal child nutrition programs and discussed the provisions in the House child nutrition bill (H.R.5504) with particular relevance to rural communities.

Speakers Included:

  • Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
  • Mil Duncan, Ph. D, Director, the Carsey Institute
  • William O’Hare, Policy Fellow, the Carsey Institute; Senior Fellow, Kids Count, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Barbara Wauchope, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation and Research Associate Professor, the Carsey Institute
  • Sally Ward, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, the Carsey Institute; Interim Dean, UNH Manchester
  • Gabrielle Serra, M.A., Education and Nutrition Policy Advisor, House Committee on Education and Labor

Dr. O’Hare presented statistical research to display the severity of child poverty in rural America. He noted that protective factors, such as family structure (marriage), work and education, are not as effective for children in rural America. Drawing a link to quality of health, Dr. Ward discussed food deserts and food insecurity in rural America and the gap that child nutrition programs can fill. Dr. Wauchope discussed the importance of the Child Nutrition Bill and highlighted one of the greatest barriers to participation: transportation. Ms. Serra concluded by giving an overview of H.R. 5504 and cited a variety of provisions that aim to address issues raised by other speakers as related to rural communities in the United States.

Funding Opportunity: The 2010 Out of the Box Prize

The 2010 Out of the Box Prize, sponsored by the Community Tool Box, will honor promising initiatives that improve community health and development. Innovative initiatives to improve communities may include activities to improve community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, social justice or another related issue of importance to communities. The opening date for applications is August 1, 2010. The grand prize will be $5,000 in cash, plus a free customized workstation designed specifically for your group, and a second prize will be $2,000 in cash, with a free workstation. October 31, 2010 is the deadline for application submission.

http://ctb.ku.edu/Libraries/English_Documents/Community_Change_Prize_Flyer.sflb.ashx

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