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April 12, 2011

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Hurry - Meal Pattern Comments Due Tomorrow!

Summary of LAC USDA Listening Session Released

Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Subcommittee Chairs

Bill, Letter Calls on White House to Convene Conference on Food and Nutrition

USDA Announces the People’s Garden School Pilot Program

New Mexico Governor Signs School Breakfast Bill

New Issue of USDA Foods Update Newsletter Released

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Hurry - Meal Pattern Comments Due Tomorrow!

Hurry! Tomorrow is the last day to submit your comments on the proposed meal pattern guidelines! USDA, Food and Nutrition Services, will accept comments on the proposed meal pattern guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs through tomorrow, April 13, 2011.

SNA recently submitted its comments and encourages all members to submit their own comments. Please click on this link for an editable version of SNA’s official comments. Copy and paste this document onto your own letterhead and sign with your signature. Edit the comments to fit you own opinions and then send to USDA. Methods of submission include:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: go to www.regulations.gov then follow the instruction guide;
  • Mail comments to: Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302-1594;
  • Hand deliver or courier to: Food and Nutrition Services, Child Nutrition Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302-1594, during normal business hours of 8:30AM – 5:00PM.

 

All comments submitted will be included in the record and made available to the public. SNA’s finalized comments are on the SNA website and members are encouraged to check the website regularly for updates.

Summary of LAC USDA Listening Session Released

SNA has just released a special summary of the closing general session at LAC. The summary covers Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s remarks, as well as the listening session with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials.

Secretary Vilsack’s speech focused on implementation of P.L. 111-296, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. He discussed the next steps USDA will be taking to implement the law, as well as key provisions covered in the legislation. Secretary Vilsack also discussed the proposed rule on meal pattern standards for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

The USDA Listening Session was an opportunity for LAC attendees to provide comments and ask questions on the proposed meal pattern requirements and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. USDA staff listened to SNA member comments and provided feedback on the rule and the legislation.

To read the complete summary, please visit this link.

Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Subcommittee Chairs

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry announced the final subcommittee assignments for the first session of the 112th Congress. The members of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agriculture Research are:

  • Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Chair
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Ranking Member
  • Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  • Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)
  • Senator John Hoeven (R-ND)

 

Bill, Letter Calls on White House to Convene Conference on Food and Nutrition

Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) have introduced legislation calling on President Barack Obama to convene a White House Conference on Food and Nutrition. The bill, H.R. 1382, requires the President to establish a 17 person Policy Committee consisting of nutrition and hunger experts, members of Congress and government officials. The committee would then bring together delegates from the fields of food, health, nutrition and economic security; representatives from federal, state and local governments; and the general public to participate in the White House conference. These individuals would develop a plan to end hunger in the United States.

The last time the White House held a conference on hunger and nutrition was during the Nixon administration in 1969. That summit addressed creating a national nutrition policy, which lead to improvements in the anti-hunger safety net.

Dear Colleague Letter
H.R. 1382

USDA Announces the People’s Garden School Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the creation of a $1 million pilot project to create vegetable gardens at 70 elementary schools. The People’s Garden School Pilot Program will be developed and run by Washington State University. The pilot will be conducted in schools in Arkansas, Iowa, New York, and Washington. The selected schools come from rural, suburban and urban communities and at least 50 percent of their students qualify for free or reduced price meals. This program is part of the USDA People’s Garden Initiative, which works to establish community and school gardens across the country in an effort to find simple solutions to challenges such as the environment and hunger.

USDA Announces People’s Garden School Pilot Program to Promote Garden-based Learning Opportunities

New Mexico Governor Signs School Breakfast Bill

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) signed a bill last week expanding school breakfast programs in New Mexico schools. Senate Bill 144 allows districts to establish school breakfast programs in schools where 85 percent of the student population qualifies for free and reduced price meals. While the legislation does not increase the amount of funding from the state of New Mexico, it does increase the amount of federal dollars coming into the school breakfast programs.

New Issue of USDA Foods Update Newsletter Released

The USDA Foods Program has released the April 2011 issue of its School Programs: USDA Foods Update. Issues covered in the new issue include an update on nutrition improvements to USDA Foods products and food safety tips, among other information. To view the newsletter, please click on the link below.

USDA Foods Update – April 2011


 
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