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January 4, 2011

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

Reminder - Register Today for LAC 2011!

Food Safety Bill Passes, Includes Food Allergy Provision

FRAC Study Shows High Rate of Food Insecurity

United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program

2011 Healthy Innovations Award

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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)

Reminder - Register Today for LAC 2011!

Be sure to mark you calendars for this 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. Just added to the schedule is Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS. 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.

Also be sure to register for this year’s preconference session, How to Successfully Lobby State Legislatures. Participants will learn the keys to successfully lobbying from noted speaker Robert Guyer, founder of Lobby School. This pre-conference session is Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM.

For more information and to register for LAC 2011, please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_LAC2011.aspx?id=14723.

Food Safety Bill Passes, Includes Food Allergy Provision

A bill overhauling the U.S. food safety system passed the Senate on December 20th. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is the biggest reform of the U.S. food safety system since the 1930’s. It gives the Food and Drug Administration broad new authority, as well as places new responsibility on farmers and food companies. The legislation also, for the first time, sets food safety standards for imported foods.

The legislation also included a provision requiring the U.S. Department of Education to develop voluntary guidelines for managing the risk of food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs. The guidelines are required to address strategies for limiting exposure to allergens in classrooms and cafeterias. The U.S. Department of Education is required to develop these guidelines within the next year.

FRAC Study Shows High Rate of Food Insecurity

A study conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has found that over the last year, one in seven were unable to afford food for themselves or their families. Data collected from January to June 2010 reports 16 states have rates of food hardship at 20% or higher, 47 states and the District of Columbia have rates of 14.15% or higher and only 3 states – Wisconsin, North Dakota and Minnesota had rates lower than 14%. Paired with high rates of poverty and unemployment in this country, these statistics will remain steady unless state leaders begin using the federally available resources such as the SNAP program and involving more children in the school nutrition programs. The recently passed child nutrition reauthorization law, as well as summer outreach food campaigns are also promising ways to help ease some of these staggering statistics. For the full report, please visit: http://www.frac.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/FoodHardship_State2010.pdf

United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program

The United Fresh Produce “Excellence in Foodservice Award” has now been extended to the K – 12 Foodservice Industry. Nominations are open until February 7, 2011. The selection criteria must be based on creativity in concept development and menu design using fresh produce, including the ability to incorporate produce into culinary trends, knowledge and use of proper fresh produce handling procedures, produce-related special events or outreach and recognition among peers and/or by the company. The winner will receive a round-trip ticket and 2 nights accommodations to the 2011 United Fresh Produce Association Conference held in New Orleans, LA in May. Award program details can be found at: http://www.unitedfresh.org/programs/foodservice_award

2011 Healthy Innovations Award

The U.S. Health and Human Services’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced a new initiative aimed at bringing awareness to organizations that focus on one of three health promotion topics, including, healthy weight, physical activity and/or nutrition. Programs must have been piloted or implemented within the last three years and have verifiable results. Awards will be given based on organization type: Faith-based and/or Community Initiatives, Health Care Delivery, Healthy Workplace (large employer > 500 Employees and small employer < 500 Employees), Non-Profit, Public Sector, Schools (K-12), and Let’s Move Cities and Towns. Winners will receive awards from the Secretary at a public recognition ceremony and have the opportunity to present their innovations at a national conference in the spring. Nominations will be accepted from January 18 to March 1, 2011. Please visit www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/healthyliving/ for more information.




 
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