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November 23, 2010

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House Delays Vote on CNR, May Consider After Thanksgiving

It’s Not Too Late! Tell Congress to Pass CNR!

Stabenow Named Senate Agriculture Committee Chair

White House Launches National Salad Bar Initiative

Bill Introduced in House Allowing School Nutrition Programs to Donate Excess Food

House of Representatives Designates October National Farm to School Month

SNA Announces 2010 Election Results

Let’s Get Cooking! Recipe Competition Deadline Only Six Weeks Away!

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

House Delays Vote on CNR, May Consider After Thanksgiving

The House of Representatives failed to vote on S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-free Schools Act prior to breaking for a week-long Thanksgiving recess. The Hill, a Capitol Hill publication, reports that the House may consider the Senate’s version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill either December 1st or 2nd. According to the report, the legislation will be considered under a closed rule, which means that no amendments will be offered and no changes can be made to the legislation.

S. 3307 received a boost in support this week when three key Democrats wrote a letter calling on their colleagues to support the legislation. Addressing concerns regarding the bill’s funding offset, House Committee on Education and Labor Chair George Miller (D-CA), Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), note the Obama Administration will work with Congress to restore the SNAP cuts. This assurance should help ease concerns for many Democrats that were opposed to supporting the legislation due to the funding offset.

Keep checking www.schoolnutrition.org for the latest information concerning Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Vote on Child Nutrition Delayed Until Next Month – The Hill 
 Miller-DeLauro-McGovern Letter 

It’s Not Too Late! Tell Congress to Pass CNR!

It’s not too late to tell your member of the House of Representatives to pass S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-free Schools Act. Send a letter to your elected Representative today, telling them that they must pass CNR when they return from Thanksgiving recess. Our kids cannot wait any longer! During the next several days, SNA would like every Association member to send a letter to their Member of Congress. Below is sample language you can use to draft a short letter on your school nutrition program’s letter head and fax or email to your Member of Congress. To find your elected official’s contact information, please click on this link: http://asfsa.capwiz.com/asfsa/dbq/officials/. SNA also encourages authorized industry members to send letters to their elected representatives on company letterhead.

Re: Pass Child Nutrition, S. 3307

Dear

You may have already received a letter from our state School Nutrition Association urging the passage of the child nutrition bill, S. 3307, during the lame duck session. Please know that this letter speaks for me and that I support immediate passage of this critical legislation. Local school nutrition programs need this legislation to operate effectively and serve children.

Thank you,

Name
Title
School District or Organization
Address

Stabenow Named Senate Agriculture Committee Chair

On Friday, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was named the next Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry for the incoming 112th Congress. The current committee chair, Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) was defeated during the mid-term elections earlier this month. Stabenow is the first Michigan Senator to serve as chair of the committee in over 120 years and the second woman to chair the committee. In a statement, Stabenow said that she was looking “forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as we begin writing a new farm bill that once again recognizes the importance of America’s agricultural economy and rural communities.”

White House Launches National Salad Bar Initiative

The White House launched a major new initiative to place 5,000 salad bars in schools across the country yesterday. During an appearance at a Miami, FL elementary school, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the new Salad Bars to Schools Initiative will help bring salad bars into schools that are interested in using alternative ways to encourage student to choose healthy food options.

Schools interested in salad bars can complete a complete an online application at www.saladbars2schools.org. Schools are then able to compete an individual web page to gather donations from the community. Once enough money has been raised, a salad bar will be shipped to the school.

In attendance at the event were Penny Parham and Carol Chong of the Miami-Dade County Schools Food and Nutrition Department. For more information about the program, please visit the link below.

Bill Introduced in House Allowing School Nutrition Programs to Donate Excess Food

Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), along with Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced a bill last week that would allow school nutrition programs to donate excess food to local food banks or charitable organizations. H.R. 6407, the “School Food Recovery Act” clarifies that schools and local educational agencies that participate in the National School Lunch Program are authorized to donate excess food to eligible local food banks or charitable organizations.

To read the complete copy of the legislation, please visit the link below.

 H.R. 6407 The School Food Recovery Act  (pdf)

House of Representatives Designates October National Farm to School Month

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution this week designating October as National Farm to School Month. Introduced by Representative Rush Holt (D-N.J.), H.Res. 1655 recognized the efforts of Farm to School programs across the country in teaching students about good nutrition and how food is grown. The resolution also noted the program’s important role in supporting local agriculture.

To read the complete resolution, please visit the link below.

 H. Res. 1655  (pdf)

SNA Announces 2010 Election Results

Members of the School Nutrition Association have spoken, casting their ballots in the annual election for the Association’s top leadership positions. Eight new members to the Board of Directors will be installed in July 2011 and three members, representing different SNA regions, will join the Nominating Committee.

SNA congratulates the following candidates for their election to the Association’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and thanks all the candidates for their enthusiasm and commitment to serve the national Association.

To view the complete list of the winners, please visit the link below.
SNA Announces 2010 Election Results

Celebrate Tray Talk Week January 24, 2011

Help spread the word about healthy school meals by celebrating Tray Talk Week, the week of January 24-28, 2011.

Whether you choose to do something big or small, this is your opportunity to show off your unique accomplishments and engage parents to get the facts and get involved in your school meals program.

Log on to www.schoolnutrition.org/traytalk to access PR and marketing tools for reaching out to parents and the local community. Ideas to consider for your celebration might include:

  • Sending backpack brochures or flyers home with students
  • Adding the Tray Talk logo and website information to menu backs
  • Featuring the Tray Talk banner on your school meal program’s website
  • Hosting a “Tray Talk” presentation and discussion for parents.

Most important, don’t forget to visit www.TrayTalk.org to submit your school nutrition success story!

Visit www.TrayTalk.org for the latest school nutrition success stories from Massachusetts and California.

Have a comment or question about Tray Talk? Email us at traytalk@schoolnutrition.org

Let’s Get Cooking! Recipe Competition Deadline Only Six Weeks Away!

There are only 6 more weeks to submit a recipe for the Let’s Move! Recipes for Healthy Kids competition! School nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and interested community members are challenged to create exciting new recipes for school lunch programs across the country. Teams must create a healthy recipe in one of three categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, or dry beans and peas. Winning teams will receive up to a $3,000 prize and will be invited to prepare their recipes alongside White House chefs.

The deadline for entries is December 30, 2010, so submit your recipes today! To learn more about the contest, and the rules and regulations, check out this link: http://www.recipesforkidschallenge.com/



 
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