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April 30, 2013

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Federal Policy

USDA Releases New Guidance on Paid Lunch Equity
New SNA Media Outreach Best Practices Guide
Representative King Reintroduces a Bill to Block Calorie Limits in School Meals
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House
Congressional Calendars: How About a Cafeteria Visit?
USDA Announces Updated Summer Feeding Promotional Information

State Policy

Texas Bill Increasing Breakfast Continues to Move Forward

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews
School Lunch Super Hero Day!

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

USDA Releases New Guidance on Paid Lunch Equity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new guidance regarding Paid Lunch Equity for School Year 2013-2014. The guidance clarifies that state agencies can exempt school meal programs from the paid lunch revenue requirements if they “can demonstrate that the required increase to paid lunch prices or revenue contributions would cause the SFA to exceed the three-month operating balance limit.” The guidance also expands the definition of a non-Federal source of funds to include paid breakfasts. Click here to read the complete guidance memo. SNA is reviewing the guidance and will post further information.

New SNA Media Outreach Best Practices Guide

SNA has a new resource for members interested in earning positive media coverage for their school meal programs. SNA’s Media Outreach Best Practices Guide offers tips from members of SNA’s Spokesperson Network, school nutrition professionals with extensive experience in media relations. The guide contains ideas for capturing the media’s attention, preparing your cafeteria for a press event and getting the good news out about the healthy, delicious meals you serve. 

To access SNA’s Media Outreach Best Practices Guide and other PR resources, including talking points, handouts and more, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/pr

Representative King Reintroduces a Bill to Block Calorie Limits in School Meals

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., have re-introduced their bill to repeal the USDA rule implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that sets caloric limits on what children are served in public schools. King and Huelskamp also say that their bill “protects the rights of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice.”

USDA officials have said that the rule’s caloric limits are not that different from what children were eating previously, and that the new rule is needed to fight childhood obesity.

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

Please help us in providing healthy school meals each day. Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor S. 427/H.R. 1303. For a customizable form letter to send to your House Members and Senators, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=62541546.

Congressional Calendars: How About a Cafeteria Visit?

During recess periods, many Senators and Members of Congress head back to connect with constituents in their districts. The Senate and House are both on State Work/Constituent Work Weeks during May 27-31, 2013. That would be a great time to reach out and invite them to visit your cafeteria and see how school meals help the kids in their districts. To see the calendars for 2013, click here. For SNA’s toolkit on setting up a Cafeteria Site Visit, click here.

USDA Announces Updated Summer Feeding Promotional Information

Summer is almost here and USDA along with SNA are working to increase awareness of and participation in the Summer Feeding Program. USDA has updated its website to contain information on how to promote your program with flyers, how to's, and guides to media outreach. It also includes examples of PSAs, soliciting volunteers, success stories from other school districts, and other helpful tools to ensure as many kids as possible have access to healthy meals during the summer months. For operators in rural programs, there is information as well and an index of past webinars. All of the information will help your program better support your students during the lazy, hazy days of summer!


State Policy

Texas Bill Increasing Breakfast Continues to Move Forward

A bill which would require schools with 80% free or reduced qualifying students to provide a free breakfast continues to advance. The bill passed in the Senate on April 23 and now moves to the House. It is similar to the Colorado bill that passed both Chambers this Spring.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

The US and Canadian governments are offering the opportunity to nominate nutrients for which Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) values may need to be reviewed. These will be considered by the Federal DRI Committees of both countries as they undertake the task of prioritizing nutrients for future review. Nomination requirements will be specified on the Dietary Reference Intakes web page, available at www.health.gov/DRI. The nomination consists of a cover letter and a literature search. The DRI Committees will accept nominations for consideration beginning April 29, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2013.

School Lunch Super Hero Day!

This Friday, May 3rd, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series, is teaming up with SNA and Random House to launch School Lunch Superhero Day, a celebration that offers students nationwide an opportunity to give thanks to the school nutrition professionals who feed 31 million students every day. Inspired by his own childhood School Lunch Superhero, Jean J. Cariglia, Krosoczka created the popular “Lunch Lady” series for kids, starring a crime-fighting school nutrition professional and her faithful sidekick, Betty. School Lunch Superhero Day encourages schools to honor the men and women working in their cafeterias and show their appreciation with cards, bouquets and special recognition for their kind service. Creative ideas, downloads and details are available at www.SchoolLunchSuperheroDay.com.

School Lunch Superhero Day will also help kick off School Nutrition Employee Week, taking place next week, May 6 to 10. To learn more about School Nutrition Employee Week, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNEW.


SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

April 2-6, 2013, Florida State Conference, Orlando, FL
April 8-10, 2013, American Commodity Distribution Association's Annual National Conference, Nashville, TN
April 11-13, 2013, Georgia State Conference, Savannah, GA
April 15-20, 2013, National Leadership Conference, Savannah, GA
April 26-27, 2013, Kids Healthy Recipe Challenge, Baltimore, MD


 
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