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June 12, 2012

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SNA Addresses Meal Pattern Concerns with Development of Implementation Guide

Revised Q and A on Meal Pattern from USDA (Updated June 11, 2012)

USDA Releases Interim Rule Regarding $.06 – SNA to Submit Comments

SNA Member Featured in Michelle Obama’s book, American Grown

Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! Healthy School Meal Contest

Michelle Obama Backs Healthy-Lunch Recipe Contest

School Nutrition Foundation Webinars

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids During the Summer

Registration for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

FRAC Webinar on Summer Meals “Keep Children Coming”

USDA Calling for Nominations for Champions of Change

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SNA Addresses Meal Pattern Concerns with Development of Implementation Guide

SNA is taking an active role in addressing meal pattern questions and has appointed an ad hoc working group to develop a practical “How-To Guide” for SNA members. The goal of this guide is to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements for lunch scheduled to go into effect this fall. SNA members are strongly encouraged to share their comments and concerns with the ad hoc group regarding the challenges they are facing in understanding and implementing the final meal pattern requirements. Please click here to leave comments and for more information about the project. SNA is working to organize these comments and the ad hoc committee plans to address the concerns and challenges throughout their process.

Further, please feel free to directly contact SNA staff liaisons on this project: Cathy Schuchart, Vice President of Child Nutrition & Policy, and Danny Seymour, Dean of Education, at the following email addresses: cschuchart@schoolnutrition.org and dseymour@schoolnutrition.org.

Revised Q and A on Meal Pattern from USDA (Updated June 11, 2012)

On June 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the Revised Questions and Answers related to the interim rule entitled, Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The interim rule establishes the requirements related to certification and this new performance-based reimbursement. The attached revised Q&A reflect questions USDA has received and provide additional information on these requirements. The new and updated questions are in red italics. This can also be found on the Meal Pattern Resource Center on SNA’s website, available at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

USDA Releases Interim Rule Regarding $.06 – SNA to Submit Comments

USDA has published an interim rule 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 requirements as eligible to receive an additional six cents per each reimbursable lunch served. This funding is available beginning October 1, 2012, and will be adjusted annually thereafter.

This interim rule is effective July 1, 2012. Comments regarding rule provisions will be accepted until July 26, 2012. You can learn more here, or to view the full text of the interim rule, click here. SNA will be submitting comments on the rule and strongly encourages others to do so. Once SNA’s comments are available we will share them in Tuesday Morning and on SchoolNutrition.org. An archived webinar is available here.

SNA Member Featured in Michelle Obama’s book, American Grown

Shawnee Schools and Crow Family Farms are featured on page 187 of Michelle Obama's new book, American Grown. Deborah Taylor, RD/LD, SNS, Director of Shawnee School Nutrition Services, has been working with Claudia & Ricky Crow for over 8 years taking staff on field trips and working to get kids to enjoy pumpkins.

Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! Healthy School Meal Contest

You work hard every day to put together innovative, delicious and healthy school meals for your students. So, why not share your ideas?! The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA and the Yum-o organization are searching for your healthy school lunches. By sending in your best healthy tray, including meat/meat alternative, bread/grain, vegetables and fruit, you will get the chance to win a trip to New York City to watch a taping of the Rachael Ray Show and be featured in SNA’s School Nutrition magazine. Meals will be judged on nutrition, appeal to students, ease of replication in schools, and presentation. Visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s website, www.healthiergeneration.org, to submit your ideas. All submissions must be received by June 15, 2012.

Michelle Obama Backs Healthy-Lunch Recipe Contest

First Lady Michelle Obama is helping launch a nationwide contest asking kids and parents to submit recipes for healthy lunches. The winners will be invited to the White House for a kids' "State Dinner." The “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” invites parents and their children, ages 8-12, to create an original lunchtime recipe that is “healthy, affordable and tasty.” The recipe contest is open for entries now until June 17. Participants are encouraged to reference the USDA’s “MyPlate” nutritional guidelines when developing their recipes. “Entries should represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruit, veggies, whole grains, protein and low-fat dairy foods,” the contest announcement stated.

School Nutrition Foundation Webinars

This spring, hundreds of school nutrition professionals logged on to SchoolNutrition.org to take part in the School Nutrition Foundation’s online Webinar Wednesdays program, which featured web-based seminars (“webinars”) on a number of hot topics. Did you miss these education programs? Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars to view the webinar archive. Future Webinar Wednesdays programs will be coming to a computer near you this fall, so stay tuned to for details.

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids During the Summer

USDA’s new “Together We Can” Partnership Series for community and faith-based organizations webinar program shares opportunities to collaborate with USDA to help those in need in your community. These sessions will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and are free of charge for all participants. You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access to participate. Please note that you must register for the webinar to receive additional information. To learn more about the series or to register, click here.

Webinar Schedule:

  • Wednesday, June 20th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Put Healthy and Affordable Food on the Table
  • Wednesday, July 25th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Teach About Nutritious Cooking and Eating
  • Wednesday, August 29th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Build Local and Regional Food Systems
  • Wednesday, September 26th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Feed Kids After School
  • Wednesday, October 31st (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Build our Partnership: More Opportunities to work with USDA

Registration for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is less than two 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 is now open. Visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/schedule for more information about the conference.

FRAC Webinar on Summer Meals “Keep Children Coming”

The next FRAC Summer Meals Matter call, to be held Tuesday, July 10 (1:00 pm ET), will be about maintaining participation throughout the summer in summer meals program. Strategies for engaging children in summer meals programs will be discussed. Additionally, speakers from programs that operate all summer long will address the tactics they utilize. To learn how to make summer programs more than just a meal, register today.

USDA Calling for Nominations for Champions of Change

Secretary Vilsack is calling upon all community leaders who have committed themselves to ending hunger to apply to the “White House Champions of Change: Alleviating Hunger at Home and Abroad” program. The purpose of this program is to recognize individuals who are using innovative community-based approaches to reduce hunger and ensure that people have access to enough food both in the United States and internationally. Some examples of a champion’s work include:

  • Reaching food insecure families and individuals via outreach around federal nutrition assistance programs (such as SNAP, WIC, or school meals).
  • Supplying food to underserved populations through a community garden, farmers market, or other local food project.
  • Running a summer or afterschool meal program for kids or helping to support that program with activities, transportation, outreach, or healthy meals.
  • Running a nutrition education program for low-income citizens to stretch the food dollar and heighten awareness of the connection between diet and health.
  • Expanding access to and quality of school feeding programs.

Visit the White House website for more information and to submit your nominations by Friday, June 29th.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for June

June 6-8, North Dakota State Conference, Bismarck, ND
June 10-14, New Mexico State Conference, Albuquerque, NM
June 11-14, Tennessee State Conference, Chattanooga, TN
June 11-15, South Carolina State Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
June 11-15, Louisiana State Conference, Monroe, LA
June 12-15, Ohio State Conference, Columbus, OH
June 12-15, Utah State Conference, Layton, UT
June 17-20, Texas State Conference, Austin, TX
June 18-20, Kentucky State Conference, Covington, KY
June 19-20, Iowa State Conference, Dubuque, IA
June 19-21, Montana State Conference, Great Falls, MT
June 21-24, National PTA Convention, San Jose, CA
June 24-27, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
(AAFCS) 103rd Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN
June 24-27, Wisconsin State Conference, Dells, WI
June 24-27, Nebraska State Conference, Kearney, NE
June 26-28, Illinois State Conference, Springfield, IL
June 27-28, Connecticut State Conference, Hill, CT


 
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