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July 5, 2011

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ANC Legislative Happenings

SNA Indiana Food Service Director Attends Mission: Readiness Briefing

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ANC Legislative Happenings

During the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Nashville, TN on Monday, July 11 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM, SNA and USDA will host a special Listening Session to discuss Sections 205 and 206 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, as well as the recently published interim rule on these provisions. Section 205 is the Meal Price Equity provision, which requires school food authorities (SFA's) to raise the price of paid meals if the price charged to students does not meet or exceed the federal reimbursement for free meals. Section 206 sets guidelines for how much revenue from a la carte lines and vending machines may be used in support of the district’s school nutrition program. Then on Tuesday, July 12, from 7:30 - 8:30 AM, SNA and USDA are hosting another Listening Session to discuss Section 201: Compliance and Certification of New School Meal Patterns. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act provides for an additional 6 cents per lunch for schools that are certified to be in compliance with the final meal pattern regulation. USDA is in the process of developing a proposed rule on how to implement this section and is eager to hear from members to determine the level of compliance needed to ensure that SFA's are complying with the new meal pattern.

Additionally, two legislative update education sessions will be held during ANC. The first session will be on Monday, July 11 from 2:15-3:15PM and the second session will be on Tuesday, July 12 also from 2:15-3:15PM. These two sessions will focus on the status of the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The second general session will be Tuesday, July 12 from 3:30 – 5:15 PM with remarks by USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan and Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS. Marshall Matz, SNA’s Legal Counsel, will also give an update on the latest from Washington, DC.

SNA Indiana Food Service Director Attends Mission: Readiness Briefing

Senator Richard Lugar (IN-R) hosted the Mission: Readiness briefing on Wednesday, June 29 in the Senate Visitors’ Center to discuss “Leveraging the School Environment to Improve Nutrition, Prevent Obesity, and Maintain National Security”. Speakers included Ryan Day, Deputy Director of Mission: Readiness; Norman R. Seip, Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Retired); Carol A. Mutter, Lieutenant General, US Marine Corps (Retired), Dr. George A. Alexander, Major General, US Army (Retired); and Courtney Williams, Director of Food Services in Franklin Township Community Schools in Indianapolis, IN. The message from each panelist was clear – obesity is a national epidemic and changes need to be made and those changes should start in school cafeterias.

SNA member Courtney Williams spoke about the successes and challenges the food services department faces in Franklin Township Community Schools. She noted that “success begins with strong partnerships and local networking.” Williams commended the work of Mission: Readiness and thanked Senator Lugar for being an advocate of child nutrition causes which have aided her school district in the form of the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program, the Breakfast in the Classroom initiative, providing more vegetarian options and the Farm to School program. She also commented that more work needs to be done in regards to scratch cooking. Scratch cooking would mean more control over school meals but the capacity is not there due to higher labor costs and insufficient equipment.

Hunger Free Communities Network

To introduce the new Hunger Free Communities Network, an online, nation-wide platform for those committed to ending hunger at a local level, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Alliance to End Hunger, the Corporate Hunger Coalition, and local and state-wide anti-hunger leaders from across the country will join together in a free webinar on July 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT. This new website, created by the Alliance to End Hunger, is unique in that it provides a nationwide platform for those active in anti-hunger work in the United States to connect with one another, learn best practices, and access resources from across other anti-hunger communities. Confirmed speakers include: Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director, The Alliance to End Hunger; Duke Storen, Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA; Kori Reed, Vice President, Foundation and Cause, External Affairs and Communications, ConAgra Foods, representing the Corporate Hunger Coalition; and J.K. Granberg-Michaelson, Hunger Free Communities Coordinator, The Alliance to End Hunger.

To register, please visit: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g4b865

*Tuesday Morning will not be published the week of July 11th due to the Annual National Conference in Nashville.


 
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