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August 17, 2010

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CNR Bill Clears Senate, Awaits Approval from the House

Low-Fat Flavored Milk - Helping Students Meet Critical Nutrition Needs

SNA PAC Contributions Can Now Be Made Online

USDA Requests Applications for Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Demonstrations

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

American Dietetic Association: Schools, Communities Integral to Child Nutrition

People’s Garden School Pilot Program Announced

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

CNR Bill Clears Senate, Awaits Approval from the House

On August 5, 2010 the US Senate advanced Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation prior to the body’s August recess. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) was agreed upon by a majority in the Senate.
The House of Representatives also needs to pass the bill before it can reach the President for approval prior to the Child Nutrition Act’s September 30th expiration date. The House is expected to consider the legislation when they return from recess in September. The School Nutrition Association is calling on the House to take quick action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization and to make some critical changes to the Senate bill.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act pulls funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps. SNA joined several hundred organizations by signing onto a letter addressed to the Senate leadership opposing cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Sign-on Letter Opposing Cuts to SNAP

SNA is also concerned about a provision in S. 3307 (Section 205) which would mandate school districts to increase paid meal prices regardless of local circumstances.

Many children do not have consistent access to nutritious meals and consequently, are at higher risk for health complications and difficulty focusing during the school day. Child Nutrition Reauthorization is an important policy measure that will provide school nutrition programs with the necessary resources to reach more children in need of nutritious food options during the school day.
For more information, please see SNA’s press release:

SNA Commends Senate Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization; But Calls on House to Make Critical Changes to the Bill

Low-Fat Flavored Milk - Helping Students Meet Critical Nutrition Needs

The School Nutrition Association is a long-time supporter of low-fat milk options, including flavored milks, in school cafeterias to help students meet their daily nutrition needs.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has found that most US children over the age of 8 fail to consume the recommended intake of calcium, critical to attaining peak bone mass and preventing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. AAP recommends that children consume low-fat and fat-free flavored milks, along with other dairy products, to help meet their daily calcium needs.

Concerns about declining calcium consumption among young people and the impact of this trend on their overall health are shared by numerous experts. Last fall, SNA joined AAP and other leading health and nutrition organizations – including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, and the National Medical Association – in highlighting these concerns and the valuable role that low-fat or fat-free milk, including flavored milk, can play in helping kids consume the daily servings of milk recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14297&blogid=622 

SNA PAC Contributions Can Now Be Made Online

Contributing to SNA’s Political Action Committee is easier than ever! Contributions can now be made online with a few simple clicks. Visit this link: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/LegislativeAction.aspx and click on the SNA PAC logo. After you enter your SNA member password, click on the Donate to SNA PAC logo and make your contribution!

Every year, SNA PAC makes contributions to help members of Congress who have shown leadership in fighting for the health of children. Contributions to SNA PAC help ensure that the school nutrition programs remain a priority in Washington, DC. If you do contribute to the SNA PAC, please note that only SNA members may contribute to SNA PAC. Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for each individual who gives more than $200 in a calendar year. Contributions to SNA PAC may be made in any amount and are voluntary. Your decision to contribute or not will have no bearing on your standing with the Association. Contributions to SNA PAC are not tax deductible.

USDA Requests Applications for Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Demonstrations

On August 11, 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture invited States to apply for an opportunity to test household-based methods of delivering nutrition assistance to low-income children during the summer. USDA is requesting applications to conduct demonstrations using Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) technology to deliver food benefits to families of children who are certified for free and reduced-price school meals.
One of the most important tools that State and Federal governments have to address child nutrition is the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which enriches the lives of millions of low-income children during the summer, both by making nutritious food available and by providing resources that support summer education and recreation programs. USDA has a long history of partnership with States, local community organizations, and others to strengthen and expand participation in SFSP.

USDA News Release 

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

SNA has launched 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.

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 that parents should hear about. These can range from healthy, balanced school meals, to farm to school programs, nutrition education/wellness initiatives, alternative ways of serving meals and any other success story that may be relevant for parents. Remember that a picture tells a thousand words, so please submit a colorful close-up photo to accompany your success story. SNA will review the information and may publish it on the Tray Talk website or in other SNA materials.

Submit Your School Nutrition Success Story

SNA Press Release

American Dietetic Association: Schools, Communities Integral to Child Nutrition

The American Dietetic Association has published an updated position paper on Local Support for Nutrition Integrity in Schools that calls on schools and communities to work together to provide healthful and affordable meals for all children and to promote educational environments that help students learn and practice healthy behaviors for their entire lives.

In its updated position paper, published in the August issue of Journal of the American Dietetic Association, ADA emphasizes:
http://www.adajournal.org/

  • School-based nutrition services, including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program are an integral part of the total education program.
  • Schools and communities have a shared responsibility to provide students with access to high-quality, affordable, nutritious foods and beverages.
  • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans should apply to all foods and beverages sold or served to students during the school day. 
  • Strong local wellness policies promote healthy school environments and nutrition integrity.
  • Daily access to healthful foods through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program will help provide adequate nourishment and may positively influence the development of healthful eating habits.
  • More students need to participate in the School Breakfast Program. Eating breakfast has been shown to improve students' overall diets and may improve cognitive function, memory, test grades and school attendance rates.

ADA Press Release

People’s Garden School Pilot Program Announced

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has just announced the availability of $1 million for a people’s Garden School Pilot Program. The goals of the pilot program are to teach children about agriculture production practices and nutrition while contributing additional bolster school nutrition programs with additional produce. An evaluation into the impacts of school gardens will also be a component of the pilot program.
Public or private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications are due on October 8, 2010 by 5:00 pm EST.

For more information: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/outreach/grants/garden.htm

To view the announcement: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56501

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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