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November 22, 2011

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SNA CEO Responds to Congressional Action on Meal Patterns

SNA Announces 2011 Election Results

House and Senate Approve FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

National School Lunch Program Direct Certification Improvement Study

“2012 Hunger Report, Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies” Released

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Upcoming Webinars 

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SNA CEO Responds to Congressional Action on Meal Patterns

School Nutrition Association CEO Frank DiPasquale was interviewed by food expert Phil Lempert regarding the legislation passed by Congress to restrict the US Department of Agriculture’s work on updating school meal patterns.

DiPasquale expressed dismay with Congress’ action to usurp the regulatory process and the resulting negative publicity that has cast a shadow on tremendous efforts by school nutrition professionals and food companies to provide healthy school meals offering a variety of fruits, vegetables and other nutritious choices.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.supermarketguru.com/index.cfm/go/sg.viewArticle/articleId/2584

SNA Announces 2011 Election Results

Members of the School Nutrition Association have spoken, casting their ballots in the annual election for the Association’s top leadership positions. Nine new members to the Board of Directors will be installed in July 2012 and four members, representing different SNA regions, will join the Nominating Committee.

SNA congratulates the candidates for their election to the Association’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and thanks to all the candidates for their enthusiasm and commitment to serve the national Association.

To see the full list, visit: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=16348&blogid=622 

House and Senate Approve FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

On the evening of Thursday, November 17, the House and Senate both approved the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill by a vote of 298 to 121 in the House and 70 to 30 in the Senate.  The next step is for the legislation to go to the White House for President Obama’s approval.  The Office of Management and Budget guidelines dictated that the measure must be signed into law by the Saturday, November 19 to prevent a disruption in government operations.

National School Lunch Program Direct Certification Improvement Study

US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) division has released an announcement in the Federal Register regarding a study on direct certification. Direct certification enables children in households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other public assistance program benefits to be certified to receive free school meals without application. The Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-265) required States and local education agencies to use direct certification.

FNS issued a new guideline, beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, that direct certification must apply to all students in the household if any household member receives governmental assistance such as SNAP. In order for FNS to meet the study objectives, the project will include three data collection efforts: (1) a Web-based national survey of States and local nutrition program administration; (2) in-person interviews conducted with State and district-level staff responsible for direct certification in seven case study States; and (3) an exploration of unmatched SNAP participant records and National School Lunch Program application in case study States. If the data are not collected, FNS will not have sufficient information needed to address the study objectives.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ofr.gov/(S(vguu0bidwsb5qe05pio4dmr0))/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-29952_PI.pdf 

“2012 Hunger Report, Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies” Released

Bread for the World Institute released a report entitled “2012 Hunger Report, Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies.” The Bread for the World Institute held an event to discuss the recommendations in the report. Panelists during the event included: David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World; Mariana Chilton, Principal investigator, Witnesses to Hunger and Children’s HealthWatch; H.E. Elkanah Odembo, Ambassador to the United States, Republic of Kenya; and Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group.

Panelists discussed the Report and its recommendations. The 2012 Hunger Report recommends ways for the federal government to better respond to the current and future agriculture and nutrition challenges. The Report also calls for bolder, more determined thinking about how U.S. food and farm policies can meet the global and domestic challenges of the 21st century. It further recommends ways for U.S. development assistance and food aid programs to work together more efficiently; suggesting that food aid programs should follow the lead of Feed the Future by focusing on improving nutrition outcomes for the most vulnerable populations.

Please find information on the report here:  http://www.hungerreport.org/2012/

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Upcoming Webinars

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has announced two upcoming webinars on behavioral economics in school nutrition. These 75 minute webinars, which will include presentations by Cornell University researchers Brian Wansink, David Just and Adam Brumberg, as well as industry experts on point of sale systems and vending, are designed to help Healthy Schools Program schools implement our schools meals checklist criteria. The webinars, entitled “Nudge: Applying Behavioral Economics in the Cafeteria”, will take place on December 6th at 10:00am EST and December 7th at 4:00pm EST.

By the end of the webinars, participants will be able to:

  • describe at least three techniques for applying behavioral economics in school food service
  • describe three ways to use behavioral economics to meet the Healthy Schools Program school meals checklist criteria
  • describe how vending and point of sale software can be used to implement behavioral economics criteria

To register for the December 6th session, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/948188264

To register for the December 7th session, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/252819840


 
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