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May 17, 2011

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House Education and Workforce Committee Holds Hearing on Costs of Federal Overreach into School Meals

USDA Publishes Interim Rule on Using SNAP Data for Direct Certification

Maine Representative Pingree Introduces Local Foods Legislation for Schools

Webinar Scheduled on Implementing Milk and Water Provisions of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Institute of Medicine to Hold Meeting Examining the Relationship between Farm, Food and Obesity Policy

New Mexico Non-Profit Profiles School Breakfast Programs in Short Film

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House Education and Workforce Committee Holds Hearing on Costs of Federal Overreach into School Meals

The House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing last Friday entitled “Examining the Costs of Federal Overreach into School Meals.” The purpose of the hearing was to look at how implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and the proposed meal pattern requirements will affect school nutrition programs.

Testifying before the committee were:

  • Sally Spero, SNS, Food Services Planning Supervisor, San Diego Unified School District, CA
  • Karen Castaneda, Director of Food Service, Pennridge School District, Pennridge, PA
  • Kenneth Hecht, Executive Director, California Food Policy Advocates, Oakland, CA
  • Barry Sackin, Owner, B. Sackin and Associates, Murrieta, CA

 

A major concern expressed by the school nutrition directors testifying on Friday, was that the law and the proposed rule will cause a significant increase in the cost of preparing school meals. They also expressed concern that participation in the programs would drop and plate waste would increase.

Hearing: Examining the Costs of Federal Overreach into School Meals

USDA Publishes Interim Rule on Using SNAP Data for Direct Certification

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published an interim rule on the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data to directly certify eligible students for the school meal programs. The interim rule was published in the Monday, May 16, 2011 issue of the Federal Register. The public can submit comments on this rule until July 15, 2011. The interim rule implements a provision in the 2008 Farm Bill requiring state agencies to provide SNAP information to local education agencies to directly certify eligible students.

 Interim Rule on SNAP Data for Direct Certification 

Maine Representative Pingree Introduces Local Foods Legislation for Schools

Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) introduced legislation last week that would require schools to purchase more local foods for school meal programs. If passed, H.R. 1722, the Eat Local Foods Act would require school nutrition programs to use 10% of its commodity support to purchase local commodities.

To read the complete legislation, please visit the link below.

 H.R. 1722 

Webinar Scheduled on Implementing Milk and Water Provisions of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The Food Research and Action Center has scheduled a webinar implementing the milk and water provisions included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The webinar will be on Tuesday, May 24th from 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern time. Speakers will discuss practical models, tools, and resources that can be used to successfully implement these provisions.

For additional information on this provision, please see the link below.

Strategies for Success: Making the Most of the New School Water and Milk Requirements

Institute of Medicine to Hold Meeting Examining the Relationship between Farm, Food and Obesity Policy The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold a meeting examining the relationship between farming, food and anti-obesity policy. The Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention will host the fact gathering meeting on Thursday, May 19th from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm in Washington, DC. The Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention is charged with looking at the progress of implementing current recommendations, developing guiding principles for choosing a set of recommendations, and identifying recommendations that will help prevent obesity in the future. During this meeting, panelists will discuss how the relationship between food producers, manufacturers, and retailers affect obesity prevention efforts. The panelists will also discuss how farming and food policy affects current obesity prevention policies.

Farm and Food Policy: The Relationship to Obesity Prevention

New Mexico Non-Profit Profiles School Breakfast Programs in Short Film

New Mexico Appleseed, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that creates and advocates for solutions to poverty, created a short film highlighting the state’s efforts to expand participation in the school breakfast programs. The short film discusses the important role breakfast has in preparing students for the school day and the meal’s affect on student achievement. It also encourages school districts that do not already have school breakfast programs to consider implementing them. Interviewed in the film are school nutrition professionals, teachers, principals, doctors, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R), and other key stakeholders, illustrating that school breakfast programs play a vital role in communities.

Breakfast After the Bell – New Mexico Appleseed


 
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