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Tuesday Morning - September 4, 2012

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September 4, 2012

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USDA Launches The School Day Just Got Healthier

National Farm to School Month

SNA Releases 2012 Back to School Trends Report

Resources on SNA’s Meal Pattern Web Page

USDA Has Released Memos Relating to the Meal Pattern

Food Stamp Act Marks 48th Anniversary

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

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USDA Launches The School Day Just Got Healthier

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

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. Click the link below for resources and tools regarding Farm to School Month.
Link: http://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, saturated and trans fat in school meals. For findings and trends, go to: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=17660&blogid=564

Resources on SNA’s Meal Pattern Web Page

You can download helpful resources and tools at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.
There are two new resources posted to www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern. SNA is sharing Executive Summaries of popular sessions at ANC in order to share information covered at the sessions with 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 sessions. The second executive summary is of the session Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents. This session covers the requirements for school food authorities to become certified.

SNA has also updated the Meal Pattern Implementation Guide that was released in Denver at ANC. The goal of this Guide –“We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern” – 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 Has Released Memos Relating to the Meal Pattern

Three new memos from USDA are available on www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern
Found under the header, “USDA Resources on Final Meal Pattern,” three memos have been posted.

Food Stamp Act Marks 48th Anniversary

Forty-eight years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law, signaling the start of what we now know as food stamps. Over the past 48 years, the program (which is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) has been a fundamental program and resource for the poorest and hungriest people in our nation.

Click here for legislative highlights regarding SNAP.
Click here for President Johnson’s remarks in 1964.

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. You’ll find more information about the series and registration here.

Webinar Schedule:

Together We Can Feed Kids After School – Wednesday, September 26th at 2pm EDT Together We Can Build our Partnership: More Opportunities to work with USDA – Wednesday, October 31st at 2pm EDT

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for September

September 7-13, NFSMI Annual National Advisory Council Meeting, Oxford, MS
September 18, NAFEM’s End-User Allied Leadership Summit, Chicago, IL
September 18-19, Nutrition & Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit, Arlington, VA
September 27-29, Arizona State Conference, Glendale, AZ
September 28-29, Colorado State Conference, Colorado Springs, CO


 
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