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Tuesday Morning - January 29, 2013

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January 29, 2013

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Federal Policy

USDA Launches New Survey on Foods Program
USDA Revises Q and A on Certification for the NSLP
LAC Program Packed with Excitement From Pre-Conference Sessions to Reception
SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Releases 2013 Issue Paper
SNA Updates “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern”
The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project Release New Materials on School Meals

State Policy

Colorado Legislators Introduce “Breakfast After the Bell” Program
New Mexico Holds Food and Farm Day Promoting Healthy School Lunches

Reports, Webinars, and Events

USDA and SNA Recently held a Webinar to Address the New Meal Pattern Flexibilities
USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV
Trust for America’s Health and the Healthy School Campaign Releases a Health in Mind Report

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

USDA Launches New Survey on Foods Program

USDA and the American Commodity Distribution Association have launched a new survey aimed at those who utilize the USDA Foods program. The goal is to assess how the program works and how best to improve it over the coming years. It takes roughly 10-15 minutes to complete and can be found here. If you are a food service director, supervisor, coordinator or manager, please take some time to fill out this important survey to help shape any potential changes.

USDA Revises Q and A on Certification for the NSLP

Recently, USDA has revised the Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program. This revised Q and A reflect updates based on questions USDA has received and provide additional information on the requirements for the additional reimbursement of 6 cents per lunch. To review the memo in its entirety, click here. It is also available on www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

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

Just over 1 month 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 Capitol 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 2013 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.

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project Release New Materials on School Meals

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project released new materials that help to clarify the facts about updated school meal guidelines. The tools available include:

  • Graphic showing five of the most important facts about school meal guidelines.
  • Video featuring Sam Kass from the White House, Audrey Rowe from USDA, National PTA president Betsy Landers, Marla Caplon from Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project director Jessica Donze Black, and two Montgomery Countyhigh school students.
  • Photo gallery of a school lunch served at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County, Md.

State Policy

Colorado Legislators Introduce “Breakfast After the Bell” Program

This week, the Colorado Legislature will be taking its first vote on the proposed “Breakfast After the Bell” Program. The program would require all schools with 70% or more students qualifying for free or reduced meals to offer a breakfast after the first morning bell. How and where breakfast would be served would be up to the individual school. If the bill were to become law, it would be effective for the 2014-15 school year and any school with less than 100 students would be exempt. For more information, please read the news story here.

New Mexico Holds Food and Farm Day Promoting Healthy School Lunches

Last week, New Mexico held its 1st Annual New Mexico Food and Farms Day, sponsored by the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, the Mid Region Council of Governments, and the Land, Food and Agriculture Working Group. The keystone of the event was the promotion of the proposed bill which would provide additional fresh produce for school meals. The bill would provide over a million dollars for buying local produce to be served in schools with an expected one to two additional fresh fruit or vegetable serving per child per day. Supporters of the proposed language say it will also help New Mexico food directors comply with the new meal pattern and help support local farmers and economy. Additional information can be found here.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

USDA and SNA Recently held a Webinar to Address the New Meal Pattern Flexibilities

Last week, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with USDA’s FNS, hosted a webinar entitled: “Best Practices in Menu Planning: New Menu Meal Pattern Flexibilities.” Over 750 attended the webinar. If you would like further information and to access the archive of the webinar, click here. Further, OFW Law developed a few Q&A’s based on the new amended guidance around grains and protein. You can review that here.

USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

USDA’s FNS has 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.

Trust for America’s Health and the Healthy School Campaign Releases a Health in Mind Report

Trust for America’s Health and the Healthy School Campaign have released the Health in Mind report. Health in Mind offers a strong framework for addressing the nation’s most urgent health and education challenges by outlining strategies within the current regulatory and budget framework of the Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services that the administration can utilize to better the conditions for health and learning in schools. The report also examines the research connecting health disparities with educational outcomes and presents case studies of innovative on-the-ground practices across the nation. Click here to access the report, or click here to read the press release.

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

February 4-5, 2013, Education Summit, SNA Headquarters, National Harbor, MD
February 7-9, 2013, NAFEM 2013, Orlando, FL
February 10-12, 2013, NFSMI Branding Focus Group, Oxford, MS
February 16, 2013, Kansas Strategic Planning Meeting
February 28-March 2, 2013, NASSP Convention & Expo, National Harbor, MD


 
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