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August 30, 2011

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SNA Webinar: Understanding the Proposed School Meal Patterns

Feeding America Releases Map the Meal Gap Study

NFSMI Food Safety Guide after a Natural Disaster

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SNA Webinar: Understanding the Proposed School Meal Patterns

On Wednesday, August 31 from 2:00-3:00PM EDT, SNA will host a webinar on the proposed school meal patterns changes. The goal of the August 31 webinar is to get a deeper understanding of the proposed school meal patterns put forth by the USDA and the specific changes; learn the impact these rules have on operations; and become familiar with the process for reviewing the comments as well as the timeline for the publication of the final rule. Webinar speakers will be Cindy Brooks, Food Service Director for Seymour Public School in Seymour, CT, Past President of SNA Connecticut, and Chair of the SNA Public Policy & Legislation Committee and Heather Hopwood, Nutritionist with USDA Food and Nutrition Services’ Child Nutrition Division.

To register, please go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/275517666

Feeding America Releases Map the Meal Gap Study

Feeding America began the Map the Meal Gap study as a means of understanding current hunger related issues Americans face today. Families and communities in need of food assistance can be better served when more information is known. In the past, Feeding America relied on state and local US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data to determine need. However, more data was needed to pinpoint more specific areas. The number of people below the federal poverty line had been the most typical indicator of food insecurity. However, new data shows that about 45% of those struggling with hunger actually have incomes above the federal poverty level and 53% of poor households are food secure.

Federal nutrition programs are designed to target vulnerable populations, especially children. These programs effectively reach food insecure children at different income levels and in different settings. Together with the emergency food system, federal nutrition programs allow for a comprehensive nutrition safety net that reaches food insecure children of all ages at school or day care, in community settings, and at home.

To learn more, please visit:
http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx

NFSMI Food Safety Guide after a Natural Disaster

Following an emergency, such as Hurricane Irene, if your school’s kitchen had to close it should not reopen until authorized by your local or state regulatory authority. School nutrition managers are responsible for following and supervising proper clean-up guidelines. After the clean-up process is complete, the manager should conduct a thorough inspection to ensure that the kitchen can resume operating safely.

Flood waters cause damage to food supplies and equipment. All interior surfaces should be washed with potable water and detergent then rinsed and treated with a sanitizing solution. The facility should also be checked for mold; if there is mold, it should be removed by cleaning and disinfecting, removing and replacing surfaces, or reconditioning. Exhaust systems also need to be inspected and air filters should be replaced. Equipment and cooking utensils need to be washed and disinfected with a sanitizing solution. Make sure to also discard ice from the ice machine and let it run through three cycles before using.

For more information on cleaning procedures after a natural disaster, visit: http://www.nfsmi.org/documentlibraryfiles/PDF/20110209091232.pdf


 
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