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Tuesday Morning - February 8, 2011

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February 8, 2011

Table of Contents

LAC Updates

Chefs Move to Schools Program

New Haven Unveils New Salad Bar

Let’s Move! Healthy Schools Call

Summer Food Service Programs Reimbursement Rates

FRAC Webinar

SNA District Profiles

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

LAC Updates

Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let’s Move, will be speaking at LAC on Monday, March 7, 2011. The topic of her speech is “A Vision for a Healthier America”. Mrs. Schepper will offer some wonderful insights into the Let’s Move campaign and how all children can benefit from this national movement.

The Legislative Issue Paper has been published and is the foundation for Hill visits during the 39th annual SNA Legislative Action Conference (LAC), to be held March 6-9, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Issue Paper focuses on several important issues to ease the burden on school nutrition programs. SNA’s top priorities for this session of Congress include:

  • Equity in School Lunch Pricing: SNA asks Congress to test Section 205 of Public Law 111-296 with a pilot program in a limited number of schools before it becomes national policy. 
  • Indirect Costs: SNA requests that Congress follow up with the Secretary to guarantee that only those expenses “necessary to provide meals under the Act” are paid from the school food service account.
  • Breakfast Commodities: As a part of the next Farm Bill, SNA is seeking ten cents per breakfast in USDA commodities.
  • Food Service Management Companies: SNA requests that Congress give USDA the authority, in coordination with the states, to review and monitor compliance of all bids and contracts between local school districts and for-profit food service management companies. SNA also requests that Congress require the Secretary to develop a standard contract that school districts may use between local school districts and food service management companies.

The deadline is also closing in to make remarks on the new meal patterns and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, April 13, 2011. A Task Force on Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs has been established to explore the newly proposed USDA meal patterns. The Task Force will begin its discussions by developing SNA’s formal submission to USDA on the proposed regulation. SNA members will be able to comment with concerns and ideas through an SNA blog throughout the process. The board of directors will then vote on all comments in March/April and will formally submit its comments to USDA by the April 13 deadline.

Chefs Move to Schools Program  

The Chefs Move to Schools program has been sweeping the nation. Recently, Sam Kass White House Assistant Chef and food initiative coordinator visited Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, FL.

“I saw the vision of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity at work today through the Chefs Move to Schools program in Orange County Public Schools. The creative partnership of the chefs, the food managers and the inclusion of the students is a model that should be duplicated nationwide,” said Chef Kass. 

Chefs Move to Schools is designed to teach children about healthy food options, encourage children’s families and caregivers to make educated meal choices, ensure kids are getting enough physical activity, and advocate for healthier school environments.  

Chefs move

(Picture: White House Assistant Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass (back row), Dr. Janey Thornton, deputy under secretary, food, nutrition and consumer services USDA (center), Lora Gilbert, senior director food and nutrition services Orange County Public Schools with Wolf Lake Elementary students take a bite into healthy school eating with the Chefs Move to Schools national initiative.)

New Haven Unveils New Salad Bar

Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology and Communications School is the latest school to receive two new salad bars as part of the Salad Bars to Schools movement. USDA Deputy Under Secretary, Janey Thornton joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), New England Patriots' Ron Brace and Chef Timothy Cipriano, Executive Director, New Haven Public School Food Services, to unveil the new salad bars which offer unlimited salad to students each school day.

“Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools provides students an opportunity to prepare and consume their own fresh salad every day, which translates into a win-win for our children’s health and wellbeing,” said Thornton. “We thank all of our vital partners who contributed and look forward to the thousands of schools that will benefit from similar nutritious options in the coming years.”

Over the next three years, Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools initiative will work to provide schools with at least 6,000 salad bars. The two new salad bars at the New Haven Public Schools have been awarded from NatureSeal and the United Fresh Produce Association Foundation. Mauro-Sheridan is a magnet school serving children pre-K through 8th grade.

For more on the program, visit: http://saladbars2schools.org/.

Let’s Move! Healthy Schools Call

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a call for community members to learn more about Let’s Move! and what can be done at schools to make them healthier. Local community leaders spoke about meeting the Healthier US School Challenge as well as integrating the Chefs Move to Schools project and how easily adaptable these programs are to all schools.

Educational materials, including columns authored by the First Lady, are available for use at www.letsmove.gov.     

 
 

Summer Food Service Programs Reimbursement Rates

Annual adjustments have now been set for the reimbursement rates of Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP). In accordance with sections 12(f) (42 U.S.C. 1760(f)) and 13 (42 U.S.C. 1761) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA), and

SFSP regulations in 7 CFR Part 225, USDA has announced the adjustments in SFSP payments for meals served to participating children during calendar year 2011. 

Since January 2008, reimbursement has been based solely on a ‘‘meals times rates’’ calculation, without comparison to actual or budgeted costs. Sponsors receive reimbursement that is determined by the number of reimbursable meals served multiplied by the combined rates for food service operations and administration. The combined rate, however, is based on separate operating and administrative rates of reimbursement, each of which is adjusted differently for inflation. 

The 2011 maximum per meal rates for meals served to children in SFSP combine the results from the calculations of operational and administrative payments and include the rate of inflation of 1.3 percent over last year’s rate. 

SFSP — 2011 REIMBURSEMENT RATES (COMBINED)

 

All States except Alaska & Hawaii

Alaska

Hawaii

Per meal rates in whole or fraction of US dollars

Rural & Self Prep

All others

Rural & Self Prep

All others

Rural & Self Prep

All others

Breakfast

1.8800

1.8450

3.0450

2.9875

2.1975

2.1575

Lunch or Supper

3.2925

3.2375

5.3350

5.2500

3.8550

3.7925

Snack

0.7750

0.7575

1.2575

1.2275

0.9100

0.8875

 

The portion of the SFSP rates for operating costs is based on payment amounts set in section 13(b)(1) of the NSLA (42 U.S.C. 1761(b)(1)). 

SFSP— OPERATING COMPONENT OF 2011 REIMBURSEMENT RATE

 

All States except Alaska & Hawaii

Alaska

Hawaii

Operating rates in US dollars, rounded down to the nearest whole cent

 

 

 

Breakfast

1.71

2.77

2.00

Lunch or Supper

2.98

4.83

3.49

Snack

0.69

1.12

0.81

 

The administrative cost component of the reimbursement is authorized under section 13(b) (3) of the NSLA (42 U.S.C. 1761(b)(3)). Rates are higher for sponsors of sites located in rural areas and for ‘‘self-prep’’ sponsors who prepare their own meals, at the SFSP site or at a central facility, instead of purchasing them from vendors. 

SFSP — ADMINISTRATIVE COMPONENT OF 2011 REIMBURSEMENT RATE

 

 

All States except

 Alaska & Hawaii

Alaska

Hawaii

Administrative rates in US dollars, adjusted to the nearest quarter cent

Rural & Self Prep

All others

Rural & Self Prep

All others

Rural & Self Prep

All others

Breakfast

0.1700

0.1350

0.2750

0.2175

0.1975

0.1575

Lunch or Supper

0.3125

0.2575

0.5050

0.4200

0.3650

0.3025

Snack

0.0850

0.0675

0.1375

0.1075

0.1000

0.0775

 

To read the complete summary, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/Federal-Register/2011/01-31-11_SFSP.pdf

FRAC Webinar 

A new FRAC webinar entitled “What You Need to Know to Make the Most of the New School Nutrition and Wellness Improvements” will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 1 pm EST. Speakers will focus on the improvements the new law makes to the school nutrition environment including the additional six cents, USDA’s proposed new school meals nutrition standards, stronger competitive foods rules and wellness policies, nutrition environment report cards and farm to school resources. Speakers from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, Action for Healthy Kids, and FRAC will provide details on the key new provisions, next steps, and implementation plans. There will be time for questions.

To register, please visit: https://frac.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=6970

SNA District Profiles

The School Nutrition Association is pleased to announce the release of the District Profiles Database:  Profiles of School Nutrition Programs at Your Fingertips.  Over the course of the past year, SNA has been collecting school nutrition profiles from programs across the country. These profiles include information on: 

  • Programs Operated
  • District Demographics
  • Meal Prices
  • Participation
  • Menu Planning Methods
  • Purchasing 

This database can help school nutrition programs benchmark their programs and connect with districts that have similar characteristics. 

School nutrition programs can gain access to this exciting new resource by simply providing a school nutrition profile of their program.  Other SNA members can gain access by purchasing a yearly subscription.  A subscription for the introductory year cost only $199.  

Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/districtprofiles to learn more, subscribe, and submit a school nutrition profile.  

  
 

 
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