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Tuesday Morning - December 21, 2010

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December 21, 2010

The next issue of Tuesday Morning will be published on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Table of Contents

Get the FAQs on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

SNA Weighs in on Paid Meal Equity Debate

Register Today for LAC 2011!

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

Senator Richard Lugar to Receive 2011 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

Report Finds Food School Breakfast Programs Help Alleviate Food Insecurity

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

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Get the FAQs on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Have questions about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307/ P.L. 111-296)? We have answers! Click on this link (doc) to the answers to 13 questions you were afraid to ask. Also, keep checking www.schoolnutrition.org for updates on implementation of this landmark law.

Also available is a detailed summary of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Visit this link (doc) for more information.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act: A Bakers Dozen of Frequently Asked Questions (doc)

Summary of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (doc)

SNA Weighs in on Paid Meal Equity Debate

Public Law 111-296, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, contained a provision (Section 205) to require school nutrition programs to gradually increase their paid meal prices until eventually the price is equal to the free meal reimbursement, minus the paid meal reimbursement.

SNA opposed the provision and continues to voice concerns about Section 205 in online discussions about paid meal equity. SNA continues to point out that requiring schools to raise paid meal prices could cause many families to drop out of the program altogether, impacting the integrity of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. To follow the ongoing debate over Section 205, visit the links below.

http://www.theslowcook.com/2010/12/14/should-kids-who-can-pay-more-for-school-lunch/

http://www.janeblack.net/poor-little-rich-kids-a-case-for-the-new-child-nutrition-law/

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/how_the_child_nutrition_act_will_raise_school_lunc.php

Register Today for LAC 2011!

Be sure to mark you calendars for next year’s Legislative Action Conference! The 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

Senator Richard Lugar to Receive 2011 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) will present the 2011 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, former chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and a champion of domestic and international nutrition and anti-hunger causes.

Sen. Lugar, the ninth recipient of the award, will receive the honor at GCNF’s annual A Possible Dream Gala, on Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC.

Recognizing the importance of federal child nutrition programs to the well-being and academic success of America’s young people, Senator Lugar has been an advocate for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. He led the fight to protect the programs in mid-1990s and was an ardent supporter of Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation P.L. 296 over the three years leading to its passage this month. A former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Lugar also led initiatives to streamline the U.S. Department of Agriculture and reform the food stamp program.

Senator Lugar has taken the anti-hunger fight to the global stage, serving as a voice for international food aid and development programs. He joined Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) in co-chairing a Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force on the Global Food Crisis that has called for a strategic U.S. approach. The two have co-sponsored the Lugar-Casey Global Security Act of 2008, designed to promote food security by increasing resources for long-term rural development and poverty alleviation; enhancing human and institutional capacity; establishing a Global Food Security Strategy; and improving the U.S. emergency response to food crises.

Report Finds Food School Breakfast Programs Help Alleviate Food Insecurity

A new study published in the Journal of School Health found that school breakfast programs help to encourage food insecure children eat breakfast. The report, by researchers at the University of Vermont and St. John’s University, found that children in food insecure households were less likely to be physically active and eat breakfast. Participation in the school breakfast program increased the likelihood that food insecure children would eat breakfast. This report further supports efforts to increase access to and participation in the School Breakfast Program.

Journal of School Health

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

There are only 2 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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