Tuesday Morning - March 1, 2011


March 1, 2011

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New USDA Initiative to End Hunger

CNR Briefing Expanded Public Chart

SNF Awards Scholarships for First Timers to ANC

SNA Developing Comments on Proposed Meal Pattern Standards

Healthier US Schools Challenge Conference Call

Method II ART Grants

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SNA Legislative Action Center

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New USDA Initiative to End Hunger

USDA announced a new initiative to end hunger in America through new grants and resources that will foster hunger-free communities. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack publicized the series of new initiatives aimed at helpingcommunities increase food access through coordination and partnerships between public, private and non-profit partners. USDA will be investing nearly $5million in grants to 14 unique communities to end hunger and improve the nutrition of low-income Americans. The 14 grantees are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Maryland. Authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, the grants fund research, planning, and activities designed to improve access to nutrition assistance for those in need. 

“The Hunger-Free Communities Grants underscore the administration’s priorities to both end hunger and promote healthier diets for every American,” said Vilsack. “Ourvalued state and community partners are uniquely positioned to create and implement sustainable solutions to ending hunger.”

For more information on how USDA and FNSare helping alleviate hunger in America,visit 

CNR Briefing Expanded Public Chart

USDA has developed an implementation chart for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (P.L. 111-296). Please click on this link to print a copy.  The implementation chart covers many of the major focus issues as well as important dates regarding execution of each step.  More information on this chart, as well as other timelines, will be discussed in greater detail by USDA representatives at various sessions at the 39th annual Legislative Action Conference scheduled for next week in Washington, DC.

SNF Awards Scholarships for First Timers to ANC

Now is the time to applyfor the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF)’s ANC First Timer Scholarship! Ifyour district director is attending ANC, and you have never attended, now is yourchance to go! SNF can help pay your way to ANC in Nashville! 

Twenty scholarships (worth $500 each) will be awarded to applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Only SNA members from the employee or manager category are eligible to apply for the scholarship, and they must be nominated by their district director. The scholarship may be used to cover registration and travel expenses to attend ANC in Nashville on July 9-13, 2011.

Since 2003, SNF has awarded over $150,000 in scholarships to assist SNA members attending ANC for the first time. These members have been able to take advantage of the valuable educational and professional development opportunities to advance their careers and grow the school nutrition profession.

Funding for the ANC First Timer Scholarship is made possible by Winston Industries.

For more information and to apply, visit: and follow the link to the ANC First Timer application. The deadline to apply is April 8, 2011.

SNA Developing Association Comments on Proposed Meal Pattern Standards

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

USDA issued a rule on the proposed meal pattern standards on January 13, 2011, starting a 90 day comment period.  All comments on the proposed meal pattern requirements are due by April 13, 2011.  SNA is currently drafting official comments to submit by the April 13th deadline.

SNA has convened an 11 person task force, headed by President-elect Helen Phillips, to review, discuss and draft SNA’s official comments on the proposed meal pattern regulation.  The Task Force on Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs met from February 15-16th, to begin this process.

There are several opportunities for you to contribute to SNA’s official comments.   

There will also be two opportunities at LAC for you to voice your ideas. SNA members will be able to provide comments to attending LAC Task Force members during the time frame of 5:30-6:30 PM (Rayburn Room of the J.W. Marriott) on Sunday, March6th.  During the closing general session on Wednesday, March 9th, LAC attendees will have an opportunity to speak with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and other USDA officials on the issues affecting the proposed meal pattern standards.  In addition, more than 6 hours of general session time will be dedicated to discussing the proposed meal pattern standards and the new Child Nutrition Reauthorization law. SNA members will also have an opportunity to remark on the draft comments, expected to be posted in mid-March. 

Below is a link to help you understand the proposed meal pattern requirements. Proposed Meal Pattern Standards

Healthier US Schools Challenge Conference Call

The First Lady, along with Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary Tom Vilsack, will host a conference call at the White House to promote participation in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge. The call will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 3pm ET. The Challenge is USDA’s “Blue Ribbon” program for school nutrition and fitness, and is one of the key strategies for ensuring that students have access to healthier food in school, and that they are physically active. Important tools that schools can use to meet the program’s goals for nutrition and fitness will be shared, as well as technical assistance. 

State and local education leaders and superintendents, as well as other decision-makers in the education community, are encouraged to participate on this call with the First Lady, Secretary Duncan,and Secretary Vilsack. The call-in specifics are below:

Call-in number: 888-972-9335

Participant passcode:  LET’S MOVE



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