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May 7, 2013

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Federal Policy

FDA Seeking Input on Milk Labeling
H.R.1783 Introduced: School Food Modernization Act
Grain Associations Support SNA in Permanent Elimination of Grain Maximums
SNA Media Outreach Best Practices Guide
SNA Updated Federal Legislation Tracked
FNS Has Shared Garden Resources Tied to Curriculum Standards
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House
Congressional Calendars: How About a Cafeteria Visit?

State Policy

Minnesota SFAs Struggle with Six Cents Applications
Texas Breakfast Bill Moves to House
Kansas State Department of Education Seeking to Expand Summer Meals

Reports, Webinars, and Events

May 12th Deadline for Let’s Move Healthy Recipe Challenge
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews
SNA Announces Participating as National PTA School of Excellence Resource Partner
Food Allergy Becomes a New Protected ADA Disability: Review the Changing Requirements

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

FDA Seeking Input on Milk Labeling

The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation have filed a petition requesting that the Agency amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued this notice to request comments, data, and information about the issues presented in the petition. Either written or electronic comments are due by May 21, 2013. For details about the petition, to read the request in full and for directions on submitting comments, click here.

H.R.1783 Introduced: School Food Modernization Act

On April 26, 2013, Representative Tom Latham (R-IA) introduced the School Food Modernization Act. The purpose of the bill is to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to issue loan guarantees for purposes of financing improvements to school lunch facilities, training school food service personnel, and for other purposes. SNA is in the process of reviewing the legislation and working with the Senate in introducing a companion bill.

Grain Associations Support SNA in Permanent Elimination of Grain Maximums

The ‘Grain Chain,’ including American Bakers Association, California Wheat Commission, Grain Foods Foundation, Idaho Grain Producers Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Wheat Commission, Maryland Grain Producers Association, Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council, Montana Grain Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Pasta Association, Nebraska Wheat Board, Nebraska Wheat Growers Association, North American Millers’ Association, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, North Dakota Wheat Commission, Texas Wheat Producers Board, The Wheat Foods Council, and USA Rice Federation signed on to a letter in support of SNA calling to make permanent the changes in grain foods. They state: Grain foods provide important nutrition to school children and are among kids’ favorite foods. Both whole and enriched breads, rolls, crackers, rice and pasta are integral components of healthy school meals. As representatives of the grain industry whose members support the school meals programs, and as nutrition educators, we continue to encourage USDA’s efforts to instill in our nation’s children healthy eating habits through the School Meal standards. To read their letter of support, click here.

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

SNA Updated Federal Legislation Tracked

SNA has updated the webpage that lists which federal legislation of interest in the first session of the 113th Congress. You can access that here.

FNS Has Shared Garden Resources Tied to Curriculum Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is offering interactive and exploratory lessons as a creative way to connect school gardens with nutrition messages in the classroom, school cafeteria, and at home. Creative ways to meet English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Health standards, as well as gaining excitement about fruits and vegetables and where foods come from. To explore these FNS resources, click here.

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.


State Policy

Minnesota SFAs Struggle with Six Cents Applications

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis wrote an article detailing the struggles school nutrition programs are facing to meet the requirements for the additional six cents in funding. The article discusses the complexity of the forms and how it can conflict with every day operations of preparing meals for students.

Texas Breakfast Bill Moves to House

In late April, the Texas Senate passed a bill expanding the free breakfast program. The measure is now being debated in the House. There is no appropriation for the expansion of the program and the legislation has been placed on the House calendar for discussion. To learn more, click here.

Kansas State Department of Education Seeking to Expand Summer Meals

In Kansas, the Department of Education is seeking to expand the number of sponsors for summer meals. The Department began reaching out to non-profits and schools in February and has added 15 new sponsors. Last summer, 950,000 meals were served at 328 summer feeding sites. To learn more, click here.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

May 12th Deadline for Let’s Move Healthy Recipe Challenge

First Lady Michelle Obama, the USDA, the U.S. Department of Education, and Epicurious have joined together again for the second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Children ages 8 to 12 and their parents (or legal guardians) are invited to create and enter their best original lunch recipes inspired by MyPlate, the USDA's user-friendly guide to healthy eating. One winner from each of the 50 states and U.S. Territories will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to attend the Kids' "State Dinner," hosted by the First Lady at the White House this summer. These lucky finalists might also have their recipes served at the event! Click here for more information.

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.

SNA Announces Participating as National PTA School of Excellence Resource Partner

SNA recently signed on to be a National PTA School of Excellence Resource Partner providing SNA materials and resources to the National PTA as part of their initiative. SNA’s Tray Talk will be provided free to Local PTAs through this list of resources from the National PTA.

Food Allergy Becomes a New Protected ADA Disability: Review the Changing Requirements

On May 29, 2013, at 1:00 pm ET, there will be a webinar covering the changes in categorizing food allergies. As a result of a recent settlement between the federal Department of Justice and Lesley University in Massachusetts, students with serious food allergies may now qualify for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By applying ADA to food allergies, the Department of Justice has turned food into an access issue... access to an education in this case. This decision will likely impact both higher education as well as the primary and secondary levels. The implications of this settlement are likely to be far reaching and require significant changes for all levels of education in order to avoid charges of discrimination against students with special dietary needs. Please join Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, as she guides you through the landmark Lesley University settlement and helps you understand its relevance to you as you consider what changes might be necessary in your dietary planning in order not to violate this new ADA accessibility requirement. To learn more about this webinar, click here.


SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

May 7-9, 2013, Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids, Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, TX
May 17-21, 2013, National Restaurant Association Show, Chicago, IL
May 18-24, 2013, Global Child Nutrition Forum, Global Child Nutrition Foundation, Praia do Forte, Brazil


 
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