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May 1, 2012

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SNA Appoints Working Group to Develop Meal Pattern Implementation Guide

Feeding America Unveils “Map the Meal Gap 2012”

Interim Rule Amends Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

USDA Memo Regarding Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiatives to Prevent Obesity Nominations

Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit on August 23, 2012

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Register for the FRAC Summer Meals Matter Conference Call

2012 National Food Policy Conference

Webinar: Taking on the Weight of the Nation

Peer to Peer Call: Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools

Webinar: Grains in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs: What Are the New Requirements?

Peer to Peer Call: Success with the School Meal Guidelines and Flavored Milk

CSPI Sponsored Sugary Drinks Summit

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SNA Appoints Working Group to Develop Meal Pattern Implementation Guide

SNA has appointed an ad hoc working group to develop a “Practical How-To Guide” for SNA members to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements scheduled to go in to effect this fall. The ad hoc group will be composed of representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state agencies, foodservice operators and industry. The Ad Hoc group will consist of the following state agency directors: Colleen Fillmore (ID), Catherine Digilio Grimes (VA), Lynn Harvey (NC), Katie Millett (MA) and Robin Safley (FL). Individuals representing the foodservice operator segment include: Wanda Grant (CA), Penny McConnell (VA), Jean Ronnei (MN), and Ken Yant (GA). Pat McCoy of Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., will participate on behalf of the SNA industry segment. George Sneller, former Child Nutrition Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington will serve as the project consultant. A representative from USDA will also participate in project development. SNA members are encouraged to share their comments, concerns and challenges that they are facing with the ad hoc group. For more information, click here.

Feeding America Unveils “Map the Meal Gap 2012”

On Friday, April 27, 2012, Feeding America unveiled their “Map the Meal Gap 2012,” the second annual research study that provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district level. Food insecurity is USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. The data looks at trends in local level food insecurity and how it is being applied by food banks to develop targeted solutions to address hunger in their communities. A summary of the findings, an interactive map of the United States and the full report is available at www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.

Interim Rule Amends Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

USDA has published an interim rule that amends National School Lunch Program regulations to conform to requirements contained in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 regarding performance-based cash assistance for school food authorities (SFAs) certified compliant with meal pattern and nutrition standards. This rule requires state agencies to certify participating SFAs that are in compliance with meal pattern and nutrition standard requirements as eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served, an additional six cents per lunch beginning October 1, 2012. The interim rule is in effect July 1, 2012. Comments regarding this rule will be accepted until July 26, 2012. Read more here, or view the full text of the interim rule.

USDA Memo Regarding Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

On April 26, 2012, USDA released a memo regarding grain requirements for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). It specifically addresses implementation of the ounce equivalencies and definition of whole grain-rich products. The memo sets forth the criteria to be used by SFAs and program operators to determine grains which meet the regulatory standards and to determine equivalent minimum serving sizes (oz eq). In addition, this memorandum includes examples of foods that qualify as grains based on the nutrition standards in the NSLP and SBP. You can read the memo here.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiatives to Prevent Obesity Nominations

A project led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) is seeking nominations for state and local initiatives that are working to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. DNPAO is especially interested in initiatives that address low-income populations and ethnic groups that experience higher rates of obesity. Initiatives do not have to be federally funded to be eligible to apply. Nominated initiatives must be implemented currently and for at least 6 months to be considered. Eligible initiatives must NOT already have undergone a rigorous evaluation. Their deadline is Monday, May 7, 2012. The nomination process involves completing a short online survey, available here.

Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit on August 23, 2012

On August 23, 2012, from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm, the Administration on Aging - Meals On Wheels Association of America will host a National Summit at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The summit will bring together a broad array of individuals and organizations from across the country for a day of future-focused dialogue around the critical link between nutrition and health in the context of a rapidly aging nation. The Summit will begin with a retrospective that honors past successes and the people and programs responsible for achieving them. This will be followed by a series of panel discussions focused on building the future of nutrition and aging. Interspersed throughout the Summit will be presentations of innovative practices and possibilities, as selected via the Perspectives Challenge. A detailed agenda will be posted once the final speaker and panel selections have been confirmed. For more details, visit http://summit.nutritionandaging.org.

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is less than four months away! Representatives from all sectors of Farm to Cafeteria will convene in Burlington, Vt., from August 2-5, 2012, for four days of education, conversations and fun. There will be skill-building short courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

Registration opens May 7, 2012. Scholarships are available and the deadline for those is May 31st. For a scholarship application, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/scholarships. To learn more about the conference, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/schedule.

Register for the FRAC Summer Meals Matter Conference Call

On May 1, 2012, at 1:00 pm ET, you can join a conference call to hear what FRAC, USDA and other partners are planning with regard to summer meals. Learn how your organization can participate, or share activities that you have planned. Summer Meals Kick-off Week is June 11-16. The call will also cover effective outreach practices used to inform parents and the community about the availability of summer meals. To register, click here.

2012 National Food Policy Conference

Sponsored by Consumer Federation of AmericaMay 17–18, 2012, Capitol Hilton HotelFor more information and to register, visit http://events.signup4.net/foodpolicy2012

Webinar: Taking on the Weight of the Nation

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Public Health InstituteMay 1, 2012, 1:00–2:30 pm (EDT)To register, click here.

Peer to Peer Call: Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Food Safety, will be offering a free Peer2Peer call entitled: “Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools.” This 60-minute Q & A discussion will allow SNA members and non-members to connect and share ideas, resources, comments and questions around maintaining nutrition and quality while keeping the principles of food safety high on their agenda when dealing with fresh produce. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Grains in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs: What Are the New Requirements?

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with General Mills, will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 2:00 to 3:15 pm EDT entitled: “Grains in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs: What Are the New Requirements?” In this webinar, Eileen Ferruggiaro, RD, PhD, Branch Chief of Nutrition Promotion and Technical Assistance in the Child Nutrition Division at USDA, will describe the whole grain-rich criteria specific to school meal programs, as well as identify whole grain-rich products and quantify the amounts that meet the new requirements. This webinar will also explore what additional information may be needed from a manufacturer for a grain product to meet the whole grain-rich criteria. To register, click here.

Peer to Peer Call: Success with the School Meal Guidelines and Flavored Milk

On Tuesday May 8, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with MilkPEP, will be offering a free Peer2Peer call entitled: "Success with the School Meal Guidelines and Flavored Milk.” Join SNF for a 60-minute Q & A discussion with Jon Dickl, MBA, SNS, Director of School Nutrition, Knox County (Tenn.) Schools, and Jessica Shelly, Director of Food Services, Cincinnati (Ohio) Public Schools. Benefit from their experiences revamping their menus based on the new USDA guidelines, and learn how to highlight menu changes that can make an impact on key stakeholders. Plus, gain insights from the results of a new consumer survey that shows moms want their children to have healthy and nutritious choices on the school menu, including fat-free flavored milk. For more information and to register, click here.

CSPI Sponsored Sugary Drinks Summit

Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest June 7–8, 2012, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. To register, click here.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for May

May 1-3, United Fresh Produce Association, Dallas, TX
May 4-8, American Commodity Distribution Association, Hilton Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA
May 5, Idaho State Conference, Madison High School, Rexburg, ID
May 5-8, National Restaurant Association Show, Chicago, IL
May 9-11, 2012 Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids (CIA), San Antonio, TX


 
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