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February 22, 2011

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Chefs Move to Schools Webinar

USDA Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Listening Session

Share Our Strength Report

Lora Gilbert, Silver Plate Award Winner

SNF Announces Winston Equipment Grant Winner

Method II ART Grants

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Chefs Move to Schools Webinar

The USDA, Food and Nutrition Service is hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 24 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST on the Chefs Move to Schools Program. This one-hour webinar’s focus is to learn more about how chefs and schools are working together to help children make healthier food and beverage choices. Featured speakers will include: 

  • Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives; 
  • Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; 
  • Timothy Cipriano, Chef and Executive Director of Food Services for New Haven Public Schools; 
  • Lora Gilbert, Senior Director of Food & Nutrition Services for Orange County Public Schools; 
  • Rochelle Davis, President and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign;
  • Audrey Rowe, USDA Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs, FNS 

To register, please visit: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g49426

USDA Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Listening Session

The USDA is hosting “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: USDA Stakeholder Listening Session” on Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm EST. This session will be available in person at USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC. For those unable to attend in person, you may connect via conference call to the session. Due to space constraints, organizations are encouraged to send only one in-person representative and have any additional listen-only representatives attend via the phone. To participate, please complete the online registration. A representative from your organization will be given no more than 3 minutes to provide verbal comments on any aspect of the Act.  If you are connecting via conference call, you may have your line opened to make your comments. Please be sure to register to make comments in the online registration form.

This session will be hosted by Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and by Julie Paradis, Administrator for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. 

 To register, please visit: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g495ee 

Share Our Strength Report

A large proportion of America's teachers regularly see students who come to school hungry because they are not getting enough to eat at home. Many of these teachers buy food with their own money to compensate. The details of the survey of K- 8th grade public school teachers around the country - Hunger in America’s Classrooms: Share Our Strength’s Teacher Report - will be released in a teleconference featuring Bill Shore, Founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, David Rose, who promotes breakfast programs in Colorado schools and Jodi Risse, an Anne Arundel County (MD) Food Service Director. Teachers from around the country, who see the impact of hunger in the classroom and how vital breakfast programs are to their kids, will also be on the call to answer questions.

Full survey details are available at www.strength.org/teachers

Lora Gilbert, Silver Plate Award Winner

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) honored Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, as a 2011 Silver Plate Award winner in the elementary and secondary schools category. The prestigious Silver Plate recognizes achievements in foodservice management, marketing, human resources and industry and civic participation.

Gilbert is the senior director of food and nutrition services for Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools. She also was recently named the 2011 Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year in the annual FAME (Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence) awards competition.

Gilbert has served on SNA’s Research Committee and is currently a member of the Association’s Meal Pattern Task Force, which will explore the newly proposed USDA meal patterns.

SNF Announces Winston Equipment Grant Winner

 The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) along with Winston Industries is excited to announce the 2010 winner of the Winston Equipment Award Grant: Gaston County Schools, North Carolina!

Congratulations to Gaston County School District for winning this award!

Frank Fields, Director of School Nutrition of Gaston County Schools, had this to say about the exciting news:

“There are no words to fully express the depth of my sincere appreciation for the generous support Winston Industries, and the School Nutrition Foundation, have afforded not only Gaston County Schools, but also the other recipients of equipment awards.  The equipment we receive from Winston Industries will meet real needs for our School Nutrition program, and allow us to address other pressing issues. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

Method II ART Grants

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-265) amended section 22 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA), to establish a requirement that State agencies (SAs) conduct additional administrative reviews of selected school food authorities (SFAs). It also amended Section 7 of the Child Nutrition Act to provide funding for States to be used for administrative reviews and training of SFAs. Both of these requirements are focused on SFAs which have demonstrated a high level of administrative error.

To assist SAs in achieving program improvements, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has nearly $8 million available in FY 2011 to fund Administrative Reviews and Training (ART) Grants. The grant funds will be available only to the 57 SAs that administer National School Lunch Programs (NSLP). 

FNS is offering two types of Method II ART Grants: Planning grants and Implementation grants. Planning grants are intended for NSLP agencies that know they need to improve and address their State’s administrative errors. Implementation grants are intended for NSLP agencies that know they need to improve their State’s administrative training and oversight processes but lack the resources to implement those changes.

To apply for funding, an application must be sent via  www.grants.gov. Applicants must also send an email to the FNS Grant Officer that a proposal has been submitted. Applications must be finalized by 5:00pm EST on May 10, 2011.

For more information, please visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/grants.htm   


 
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