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August 28, 2012

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USDA Launches The School Day Just Got Healthier

USDA Hosting a Twitter Chat with Dr. Janey Thornton

National Farm to School Month

SNA Releases 2012 Back to School Trends Report

Executive Summaries from ANC Available: “Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern” and “Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents”

SNA Updated Meal Pattern Implementation Guide

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

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USDA Launches The School Day Just Got Healthier

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently launched a back-to-school campaign to help raise awareness about the changes to school meals. For more information, as well as resources that you can use to promote the initiative, visit the Healthier School Day website. The toolkit is a collection of resources that includes brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year.

USDA Hosting a Twitter Chat with Dr. Janey Thornton

Have questions on what to expect for this year’s healthier school lunch? Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, will be answering questions on Twitter at 1:00 pm ET on August 29, 2012. Ask questions using #AskUSDA.

National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food. For resources and tools around Farm to School Month, visit www.farmtoschoolmonth.org/resources.

SNA Releases 2012 Back to School Trends Report

SNA’s 2012 Back to School Trends Report shows that school foodservice professionals are finding creative ways to prepare and serve school meals that meet healthy new nutrition standards. Schools are offering more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and are limiting the sodium, calories and saturated and trans fat in school meals. One finding is that over 55% of responding school districts have a self-serve salad or produce bar. To learn more about the report, click here.

Executive Summaries from ANC Available: “Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern” and “Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents”

SNA is sharing Executive Summaries of popular sessions from last month’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in order to provide information to all members. The first one, “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern,” covers the highlights and Q&A covered during the popular hot topic session. The second summary is of the session “Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents,” which was presented by USDA and covers the requirements for school food authorities to become certified.

You can download these and other helpful resources at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern. These summaries are under the header Executive Summaries from ANC 2012.

SNA Updated Meal Pattern Implementation Guide

SNA has updated the meal pattern implementation guide, which was released last month during ANC 2012 in Denver. Entitled We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern, the goal of this guide is to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements for lunch. The updated August 2012 version of the guide is available for download at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

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

USDA’s “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, 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

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for August

August 2-3, ANC Planning Committee, Kansas City, MO
August 7-9, 2012 Pennsylvania State Conference, Hershey, PA
August 9-10, Nevada State Conference, Fallon, NV


 
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