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December 7, 2010

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House Passes Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Register Today for LAC!

Mark Your Calendar for LAC Pre-Conference Session on Lobbying State Legislatures

Senate Passes Food Safety Legislation

New Grant Opportunity for School Nutrition Programs

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

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House Passes Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The US House of Representatives passed S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act on Thursday, December 2, 2010. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) endorsed the child nutrition reauthorization legislation, which will allow school meal programs to offer a greater variety of nutritious foods in school cafeterias nationwide.

“Members of Congress, the Administration and the First Lady should be recognized for their tireless efforts to improve children’s access to healthy, nourishing meals during these tough economic times,” said SNA President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, State Director of the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division. "The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” gives schools critical resources to reach more children with healthy school meals and to serve more fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy products in cafeterias. By establishing nutrition standards for all foods served or sold in schools, the legislation ensures that students will receive a consistent message about healthy choices.”

The legislation contains other critical improvements to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs that SNA has advocated for, including the creation of standards and a certification process for school foodservice professionals and the establishment of guidelines on which local school expenses (such as electricity, telephones and janitorial services) can be charged to school nutrition programs.

SNA opposed the bill’s use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds to offset the cost of child nutrition reauthorization, but the Administration has offered assurances that they will work to restore funds for SNAP. SNA will be closely following the Administration’s outreach to members of Congress to address this critical issue.

For a summary of the bill, please visit  this link .

Please also consider sending your Member of Congress a "thank you," if they voted for S. 3307.  For the list of Members of Congress who voted yes, please visit this link: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll603.xml.  For a sample "thank you" letter, visit this page.

Register Today for LAC!

Be sure to mark you calendars for this year’s Legislative Action Conference! This year’s event will take place March 6-9, 2011, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the heart of the nation’s capital. Join several hundred colleagues for several exciting days of learning, lobbying and networking as we hear about the issues that define and shape school nutrition policy from Washington insiders. Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives and other key individuals will be on hand to provide the latest on school nutrition policy. Also hear from this year’s keynote speaker, Amy Holmes, one of the nation’s top political analysts. For more information and to register for LAC 2011, please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_LAC2011.aspx?id=14723.

Mark Your Calendar for LAC Pre-Conference Session on Lobbying State Legislatures

Are you interested in learning how to effectively influence your state’s legislature on behalf of the school nutrition programs? Then be sure to attend this year’s LAC pre-conference session, How to Successfully Lobby State Legislatures. Participants will learn the keys to successfully lobbying from noted speaker Robert Guyer, Founder of Lobby School. By the end of the session, attendees will learn to answer the following question, "Why would that lawmaker give me his or her vote?" Drawn from the comprehensive “Campaign Method for More Effective State Government Affairs” this workshop will teach you to:

  • Recognize rules for effective lobbying
  • Influence committees including making effective committee testimony
  • Understand “how to” elements of coalition building
  • Work with Legislative Staff
  • Motivate Lawmakers
  • Get and Keep votes

This pre-conference session is Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. To learn more about this session, and to register for LAC 2011, please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_LAC2011.aspx?id=14723

Senate Passes Food Safety Legislation

Child Nutrition Reauthorization was not the only piece of food related legislation in Congress this week. On Tuesday, November 30th, the Senate passed S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. This bill is the biggest reform of the U.S. food safety system since the 1930’s. If this legislation were to be enacted, it would give the Food and Drug Administration broad new authority, as well as place new responsibility on farmers and food companies. The legislation would also, for the first time, set food safety standards for imported foods.

The legislation must now be approved by the House of Representatives. The outlook for full passage is unclear, due to procedural concerns. S. 510 contains revenue raisers, which violates the Constitutional requirement that all revenue related legislation rise in the House. The House is expected to send the bill back to the Senate with a note indicating the House will not consider the legislation.

Senate passes sweeping food safety bill – Washington Post

New Grant Opportunity for School Nutrition Programs

The Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs is pleased to announce a new award program to support research involving the possible applications of behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs particularly focusing on the National School Lunch Program. The Request for Proposals was released on November 15th. Proposals will be due by February 1st, 2011 with projects beginning no earlier than June 1st. The Center has $150,000 in available funds and will support 5-12 proposals ranging from $5,000-$40,000. Proposals will undergo a rigorous review process and will be scored based upon academic rigor, relevancy and applicability and demonstrated ability to complete the proposed project. Although secondary data studies and laboratory studies will be considered, innovative and feasible field experiments will be given priority.

The goal of The Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs Small Grants Program is to fund innovative research projects that apply the principles of behavioral economics to improving food choices made by children at school as participants in the USDA Child Nutrition Programs. During its first year, the grant program will focus on the National School Lunch Program. Successful proposals will combine academic rigor with a strong foundation in behavioral economics theory, reasonable methodology, and feasible policy or program relevance for policy makers, food service professionals and other Federal, State, or local program staff.

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

There are only 4 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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