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February 5, 2013

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Federal Policy

USDA Releases Proposed Rule on Competitive Foods
USDA Releases Q and A Regarding Competitive Foods Proposed Rule
USDA Releases Federal Register Notice on 2013 Reimbursements Rates for Summer Food Service
Amber Waves Article on USDA Fruit and Vegetable Cost Studies
USDA Launches New Survey on Foods Program
USDA Revises Q and A on Certification for the NSLP
LAC Program Packed with Excitement from a USDA/NFSMI Pre-Conference Session 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”

State Policy

West Virginia Legislature Takes up Bill to Ban Soft Drinks

Reports, Webinars, and Events

The Institute of Medicine Hosts Workshop on National Nutrition Education Curriculum
School Meals Resource Available at Special Pre-Release Price
USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

USDA Releases Proposed Rule on Competitive Foods

USDA recently released a proposed rule to develop a national policy on the sale of competitive foods in schools. Click here to read the USDA press release, or you can read SNA’s press release here. To view the full text of the proposed rule, click here.

Last fall, in preparation for the rule, SNA assembled a Competitive Foods Task Force comprised of operators from each region, as well as industry members. Now that the proposed rule has been released, the task force has been activated and will begin the process of reviewing the proposal, gathering information and collecting comments to respond to USDA. This diverse task force is charged with developing a response that reflects the comments and concerns of the entire SNA membership.

The Competitive Foods proposal will be a key topic of conversation at the Association’s upcoming Legislative Action Conference (LAC). The task force will be represented and will gather comments from LAC attendees.  Please note that this will be just one of the ways to submit comments to SNA. 

USDA Releases Q and A Regarding Competitive Foods Proposed Rule

To address what the proposed standards intend to do, USDA released several Questions & Answers. Click here to view the Q&A.

USDA Releases Federal Register Notice on 2013 Reimbursements Rates for Summer Food Service

USDA has released a notice that informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. These adjustments address changes in the Consumer Price Index, as required under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The 2013 reimbursement rates are presented as a combined set of rates to highlight simplified cost accounting procedures. The 2013 rates are also presented individually, as separate operating and administrative rates of reimbursement, to show the effect of the Consumer Price Index adjustment on each rate. Click here for further details.

Amber Waves Article on USDA Fruit and Vegetable Cost Studies

A recent issue of Amber Waves included an article discussing several USDA fruit and vegetable cost studies, “Gobbling Up Snacks: Cause or Potential Cure for Childhood Obesity?” The article highlighted several findings that if widely disseminated could help Americans better understand that fruits and vegetables are not only healthy, but also affordable. The study found:

  • An American eating a 2,000 calorie diet can purchase all nine of the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables for $2.00-$2.50 per day.
  • Commonly consumed less healthy children’s snacks are similar in price to fruits and vegetables; less healthy snacks cost approximately 33 cents per portion and fruits and vegetables cost 31 cents per portion.
  • Substituting fruits or vegetables for one unhealthy children’s snack a day can save $7 over the course of a year, and 126 calories a day, about a pound a month.

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

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 a USDA/NFSMI Pre-Conference Session to Reception

Just 1 month away, LAC this year is jam packed with great education sessions, a pre-conference session, and a first-of-its-kind reception on Capitol Hill. On Saturday, March 2, before the conference gets underway, SNA will be offering a pre-conference session entitled, "Tools for Training on Creating Healthy Meals That Kids Will Eat.” You are sure to walk away with new ideas for your programs. Also, be sure 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, reviewed and approved by the Board, 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.

State Policy

West Virginia Legislature Takes up Bill to Ban Soft Drinks

Last week, a West Virginia joint House-Senate Committee took up legislation that would extend the ban of sugary soft drinks from being sold at high schools. The current legislation only bans soda from elementary and middle schools and allows for water, milk and 100% juice sales. If it moves forward, the bill would be taken up when the full legislative session begins in March. Click here for more information.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

The Institute of Medicine Hosts Workshop on National Nutrition Education Curriculum

The Institute of Medicine will host a public workshop on National Nutrition Education Curriculum Standards for K-12th Grade on March 11-12, 2013, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. The workshop is being convened at the request of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service to discuss the merits, potential uses and attributes of a set of national nutrition education curriculum standards, and learning objectives for elementary and secondary school children. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit their website. The speaker presentations and an audio recording of the proceedings will be available on the same website following the workshop.

School Meals Resource Available at Special Pre-Release Price

School nutrition is a highly complex foodservice segment, and it’s more than a little challenging for anyone new to this profession or industry to get up to speed quickly. SNA’s Little Big Fact Book: The Essential Guide to School Nutrition can help. This comprehensive overview features facts and figures about the federal programs, USDA Foods, the school market and a variety of hot topics. From the implications of new nutrition standards to the variations in school district administration, this 40-page resource, updated for 2013, is a must-have for foodservice brokers, manufacturer marketing/sales teams, new foodservice directors/managers, school administrators, state/national legislators and media representatives. The latest edition will be released in a few short weeks, but if you order online today, you can purchase your copy at a special pre-release discount price of just $15. This limited-time offer is good only until March 4. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/bookstore to place your web order today.

USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

USDA’s 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.

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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