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March 27, 2012

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Child Nutrition Program Income Eligibility Guidelines

AHA Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund

FNS Seeking to Renew OMB Clearance for the Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC) Study

Health in Mind: Improving Education through Wellness

USDA's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Webinar

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for March

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Child Nutrition Program Income Eligibility Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) annually issues the Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals for the National School Lunch Program, the Commodity School Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the guidelines for free milk in the Special Milk Program for Children. These eligibility guidelines are based on the Federal income poverty guidelines and are categorized by household size. The guidelines are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk in accordance with program rules.

The guidelines for free meals and milk and reduced price meals were obtained by multiplying the 2012 Federal income poverty guidelines by 1.30 and 1.85, respectively, and then rounding the result up to the next whole dollar.

The Federal Register notice, including the guideline chart, can be viewed here.

AHA Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have teamed up through the Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund to provide grants for supplemental assistance to ongoing state, local and tribal public policy change efforts on childhood obesity. A multitude of efforts have been designed to help reverse this trend, however, one of the greatest challenges is the ability of public policy efforts to build strong campaigns to overcome opposition and achieve success.

The grants provided by the Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund vary in amounts from $5,000 to $75,000 depending on the size of the project and the number of people to be positively affected. There is a two-step application process, which can be found here. Submissions for both step-one and step-two are evaluated by a national panel of experts. The committee meets once a month; however, the step-two proposal process, from proposal submission to grant fund distribution, can be completed in under a week if necessary.

Questions concerning eligibility can be directed to Aaron Doeppers, Manager for State and Local Obesity Initiatives, at aaron.doeppers@heart.org, or by phone at (608) 886-2988.

FNS Seeking to Renew OMB Clearance for the Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC) Study

USDA is seeking to renew OMB Clearance granted for the Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC) study. The new study will produce national estimates of overpayment, underpayment and overall erroneous payments made under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The study will measure certification error and meal counting and claiming error for School Year (SY) 2012-2013; and develop and validate estimation models to be used by USDA's FNS staff for updating the erroneous payment estimate annually with NSLP and SBP administrative records and extant data.

Additionally, this study will produce separate estimates of inconsistent payments for Local Education Agencies participating in the Community Eligibility Option and will examine alternatives to develop estimates of erroneous payment estimates at the state level. Comments must be submitted by April 9 to Steven Carlson, Office of Research and Analysis, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Steven Carlson at (703) 305-2576, via e-mail to steve.carlson@fns.usda.gov, or through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov.

For more, visit www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-09/pdf/2012-2966.pdf

Health in Mind: Improving Education through Wellness

The Healthy Schools Campaign has a new initiative to integrate health and wellness into the national education policy. This initiative, “Health in Mind: Improving Education through Wellness,” aims to create a better future for the nation and school-aged children by improving health in schools. Healthy students are better prepared to learn and succeed in school; however, the current health and education policy miss several simple yet vital opportunities to boost academic success through health promotion and school wellness.

As part of this effort, the Healthy Schools Campaign will present a report including its vision for healthy students and healthy schools to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at an event on May 9, 2012, at the National Press Club. The School Nutrition Association is commitment to working toward the shared goal of providing the nation’s children with healthy school environments and agrees with their vision.

For more information, visit www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/healthinmind

USDA's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Webinar

Today, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service division is hosting its final webinar at 4:00 pm EDT regarding Summer Food Service Programs. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help to fill the summer meal gap for low-income children. Faith-based, community and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SFSP, a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer.

This webinar will explore different ways to use the SFSP to provide free and nutritious meals to kids in the community when school is out. Updates about the Communities on the Move Video Challenge and information on USDA’s new SuperTracker will also be discussed.

To register, visit http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g4d8da

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for March

March 27-29 NFSMI Major City Training Symposium, Oxford, MS
March 30-31 Alabama State Conference, Birmingham, AL


 
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