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January 22, 2013

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Federal Policy

USDA Releases Memo on Paid Lunch Equity
LAC Program Packed with Excitement from Pre-Conference Sessions to Reception
SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Releases Issue Paper
SNA Updates “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern”
New Menus for the New Meal Pattern from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
USDA Releases a Memo Extending Deadlines on School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price

State Policy

Maryland Governor Proposes Expanding Breakfast Program
Minnesota Plans Expansion of Free Lunches
Texas Plans to Introduce Bill Requiring Breakfast in Severe Need Schools

Reports, Webinars, and Events

USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV
Making the Economic Case for Addressing Obesity in the United States
Childhood Obesity More Likely to Affect Children in Poorer Neighborhoods

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

USDA Releases Memo on Paid Lunch Equity

Earlier this month, USDA released a memo addressing Paid Lunch Equity. As part of the interim rule, “National School Lunch Program:  School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which requires school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure adequate funds are provided to the school food service account. Each year SFAs must review their paid lunch revenue to assure compliance with the paid lunch equity requirement. For SY 2013-14, the reimbursement rate will be increased due to inflation. FNS will be updating the PLE tool soon to include the new reimbursement rate that is increased to 4.93%. To read the memo in its entirety, click here.

LAC Program Packed with Excitement from Pre-Conference Sessions to Reception

Less than 2 months away, SNA’s 2013 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 3-6, is jam packed with great education sessions, pre-conference sessions, and a first-of-its-kind reception on the Hill. This year, two great pre-conference sessions are being offered on Saturday, March 2, before the conference gets underway. The first one is entitled “Smile for the Camera: Training to Make the Most of Your 15 Minutes of Fame!” and the other is “Tools for Training on Creating Healthy Meals That Kids Will Eat.” These sessions will provide in-depth, hands-on and interactive instruction. You are sure to walk away with new ideas for your programs. Also, be sure to and attend the reception on Tuesday, March 5, on Capitol Hill in the stunning Cannon Caucus Room! This will be a great opportunity for Congressional staff to further network with SNA members, beyond the Hill visits. We look forward to seeing you there!

To learn more about LAC 2013 or to register, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/lac.

SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Releases Issue Paper

On December 13, 2012, SNA’s Committee on Public Policy and Legislation convened in National Harbor, Md., to draft the 2013 Legislative Issue Paper. This important document will drive SNA’s legislative agenda for the coming year and the 113th Congress. The Issue Paper was reviewed and approved by the Board, and is now available on the SNA website.

SNA Updates “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern”

In December of 2012, SNA provided updates to the toolkit of materials to aid members in meeting the new meal pattern. This toolkit contains sample menus and tools from states and local school districts. The guide, along with other resources, is available at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

New Menus for the New Meal Pattern from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has developed sample menus to help you plug into the new USDA meal pattern. Each grade-level specific menu builds out a month long meal plan that offers your students healthy options and helps your school meet new meal regulations. These menus incorporate the maximum grain and meat limits to help you continue to phase in those requirements in 2013 and beyond. Download the menus here (free registration is required).

USDA Releases a Memo Extending Deadlines on School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price

Due to the workload surrounding the new meal pattern implementation certification activity, USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) has granted a two-month extension to the deadline for the FNS-828 data submissions for this year only. For SY 2012-13, the FNS-828 reports will be due by January 30, 2013. To view the USDA memo, click here.

State Policy

Maryland Governor Proposes Expanding Breakfast Program

Last week, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) announced his recommendation for an additional $1.8 million be added to the state budget for expanding access to breakfast. Maryland Meals For Achievement is the state program which provides free breakfast for all students in their classrooms in schools that qualify. For the 2012-13 school year, Maryland has spent $3.38 million for services that provide breakfasts to 33,000 students at 271 schools. The extra funding will expand the program to 56,896 more children in about 130 more needy schools, bringing the total spent to $5.18 million for 89,896 students in 407 schools. For more information, please click here.

Minnesota Plans Expansion of Free Lunches

A bill currently in the Minnesota legislature would expand the number of free lunches offered in schools by covering the cost of the reduced meal prices for all qualified students. The bill is currently within the House Tax Committee and is expected to cost the state roughly $3 million. Information on the bill and its status can be found here and more information on the story can be located here.

Texas Plans to Introduce Bill Requiring Breakfast in Severe Need Schools

In Texas, there are plans to introduce legislation requiring breakfast in the classroom for severe need schools. The article can be found here.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

USDA Food and Nutrition Service released the latest School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study. The report provides a comparison of the nutritional quality of school meals between SY 2009-10, SY 2004-05, and SY 1998-99. As in prior studies, the nutrient content of the average meals offered and served in the nation’s schools was compared with regulatory standards in effect at the time—the School Meal Initiative (SMI) nutrition standards—as well as selected recommendations included in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Click here for the full report, as well as the report summary.

Making the Economic Case for Addressing Obesity in the United States (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dec. 2012)

The obesity epidemic constitutes a major economic and health burden in the United States, one that is expected to grow substantially in the coming decades. Given the current environment of fiscal conservatism, it is important to know if federally funded anti-obesity initiatives can effectively reduce the epidemic's impact over the long term. Researchers examined peer-reviewed scientific literature to determine whether anti-obesity programs and methods can be economically as well as clinically successful. They also reviewed procedures used by the Congressional Budget Office to project the likely effectiveness of anti-obesity initiatives. Click here for the full report.

Childhood Obesity More Likely to Affect Children in Poorer Neighborhoods (Rice University, Nov. 2012)

Children living in poorer neighborhoods are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese than children in more affluent residences, according to a new study from Rice University. The study reveals that living in neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty and lower levels of education is associated with increased child obesity risk, regardless of family composition or other individual factors. The research also showed that living in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of foreign-born residents is associated with reduced child obesity risk. Click here for the full report.

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

February 4-5, 2013, Education Summit, SNA Headquarters, National Harbor, MD
February 7-9, 2013, NAFEM, Orlando, FL
February 16, 2013, Kansas Strategic Planning Meeting
February 28–March 2, 2013, NASSP Convention & Expo, National Harbor, MD


 
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