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June 11, 2013

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Federal Policy

Senate Passes Farm Bill 66-27
CDC Funds Available for Improvements in Healthy Eating and Physical Behavior
USDA and EPA Launch U.S. Food Waste Challenge Calls on both Public Sector and Private Industry to Reduce Food Waste
Congressional Briefing Featuring Healthy School Food
FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

State Policy

Meatless Mondays Expanding into More Schools
Ohio Provides $1 Million to Focus on Childhood Obesity
Massachusetts School Goes to Court for Unpaid Meal Charges

Reports, Webinars, and Events

USDA Releases Paid Lunch Price Data
FRAC Releases Report on Summer Hunger
June 19, 2013 – Webinar on “Healthy Schools: The Role of Parents in Promoting Healthy School Environments”
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Senate Passes Farm Bill 66-27

A landmark five-year Farm Bill cleared the Senate on Monday evening, setting the stage for a long-delayed fight on the House floor next week over major revisions in agriculture policy and the future of food stamps. The 66-27 roll call exceeded last year’s margin with 18 Republicans joining Democrats on passage. Visit this link to read more from Politico.

CDC Funds Available for Improvements in Healthy Eating and Physical Behavior

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for a new cooperative agreement, aimed at developing national innovative partnerships for addressing obesity. This request seeks to foster the development of innovative—new and creative—collaborations with public and private, public health and non-public health organizations which lead to successful implementation of evidence- and practice-based obesity prevention strategies especially in populations experiencing disproportionately high rates of obesity. The FOA has three funding component areas: Physical activity with informational outreach; Healthy, affordable food and beverages; Breastfeeding duration and support.

To access the announcement and application package:
1. Visit http://www.grants.gov
2. Select 'Apply for Grants'
3. Select 'Step 1: Download a Grant Application’
4. Insert the Funding Announcement Number in the format: CDC-RFA-DP13-1304

USDA and EPA Launch U.S. Food Waste Challenge Calls on both Public Sector and Private Industry to Reduce Food Waste

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, calling on others across the food chain, including producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities, and other government agencies, to join the effort to reduce, recover and recycle food waste. Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe were joined at the event by representatives from private-sector partners and supporters including Rio Farms, Unilever, General Mills, the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, Feeding America, and Rock and Wrap It Up!

The goal of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is to lead a fundamental shift in how we think about and manage food and food waste in this country. The Challenge includes a goal to have 400 partner organizations by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020.

To join the Challenge and learn more about USDA's activities and the activities of those who have already joined, visit www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/index.htm.

Congressional Briefing Featuring Healthy School Food

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Healthy Schools Campaign have announced they will be holding a Congressional briefing, Cooking up Change® - Creating a Healthy Future for School Food, which will be held on June 11, 2013, from 1:00-2:00 pm in Rayburn. Congressional members and staff will sample nutritious school meals prepared from award-winning student recipes and hear more about the importance of modern school kitchen equipment and training. Menu of award-winning recipes available at this lunch briefing will include:

Chicago: Elotes (corn on the cob side dish)
Denver: Jalapeño infused peach crumble (fruit side dish)
St. Louis: Poached pears (fruit side dish)
Jacksonville: Catfish tacos with pico de gallo (main dish)
Los Angeles: Cucumber salad (vegetable side dish)
Memphis: BBQ chicken tacos (entree)
Orange County: Hot and Sweet Slaw (vegetable side dish)
Winston-Salem: Tenacious turkey chili (entree)

FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a notice requesting nominations for voting members on the Food Advisory Committee. Nominations received on or before July 22, 2013 will be given first consideration for membership on the Committee, and nominations received after that date will be considered to the extent nominees are still needed. The Food Advisory Committee provides advice to the FDA Commissioner, and other appropriate officials, on emerging food safety, food science, nutrition, and other food-related health issues that FDA considers of primary importance for its food and cosmetics programs. Members serve for terms of up to 4 years. Nominees should have expertise in microbiology, nutrition, food science, food technology, pediatric development, or nanotechnology in food. To read the federal register notice, click here. To read the OFW Memo, click here.

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials

Much like the Meal Pattern Guide found at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern, SNA is working to create materials to support members in breakfast meal pattern changes. Working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee is looking to create materials with examples of breakfast menus for members to gear up for the changes this fall with school breakfast as dictated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These menus would be geared to meet USDA's requirements for the 2013-14 school year. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be releasing this guide at SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., next month.

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.


State Policy

Meatless Mondays Expanding into More Schools

On the heels of a NYC switching to an all vegetarian menu, schools in California districts are exploring Meatless Monday options. Beginning next year, elementary schools in Los Angeles and San Diego will not serve a meat item on Mondays. Middle and High Schools will continue to provide meat entrees. To learn more, visit this link.

Ohio Provides $1 Million to Focus on Childhood Obesity

The Ohio State Legislature recently approved one million dollars in financing to focus on reducing childhood obesity. The program will primarily look at increased physical activity and nutrition education through the schools.  Ohio counties that are allotted funds will work with various community partners to promote the goals of the legislation. To learn more, visit this link.

Massachusetts School Goes to Court for Unpaid Meal Charges

Schools in Gloucester, Mass., took parents to small claims court for owing the school food authority more than $250.  Over the past two years, the school food authority has been owed $60,000 and pressing budget concerns have driven the schools to take parents to court over the debts. Of the ten families taken to court, four have paid in full. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

USDA Releases Paid Lunch Price Data

USDA recently released paid lunch price data for School Year 2011-12. School Food Authorities reported their most frequently charged prices for elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. To view the data in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, visit this link.

SNA members are encouraged to use this data to demonstrate the significant number of school districts impacted by Section 205, the paid meal equity provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. SNA is calling on Congress to support H.R. 1303, the School Nutrition Flexibility Act, which would amend Section 205 to apply only to those School Food Authorities that have a negative fund balance at the end of the previous school year. H.R. 1303 would also permanently eliminate the new meal pattern’s grain/protein maximums.

 

The Association continues to urge all members to contact their Senators and Members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1303 and the Senate companion bill, S. 427. If you have not already done so, visit this link to access SNA’s action alert. USDA’s memo regarding the paid lunch price data release can be found at this link.

FRAC Releases Report on Summer Hunger

Despite a slight increase in the number of low-income children eating summer meals in July 2012, the nation’s Summer Nutrition Programs continue to fall far short of their goal to curb summer hunger. Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, an analysis by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), found that for every seven low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2011-12 school year, only one child received summer meals in July 2012.

2012 did mark the first increase in summer food participation since 2008, serving lunch to 2.8 million children on an average July weekday. The increase was small: 13,000 more children participated in July 2012 than in July 2011, and not enough to reverse three years of declining participation. The Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation report gives data for all states and looks at national trends. The report measures participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs by comparing the number of children receiving summer meals to the number of children receiving school lunch during the regular school year. FRAC measures national summer participation during the month of July, when typically all children are out of school throughout the month and lose access to regular year school meals. The report is available online at www.frac.org.

June 19, 2013 – Webinar on “Healthy Schools: The Role of Parents in Promoting Healthy School Environments”

Parents can play a significant role in supporting their children’s health and ability to learn. Yet schools often struggle to make a positive connection with parents and fail to create opportunities for sustained parent engagement. Successful parent engagement programs establish effective relationships between school personnel and parents that reinforce children’s health and learning and cut across multiple settings—at home, in school, and in the community.

On June 19, 2013, 11:00 am-12:00 pm CDT, join the Healthy Schools Campaign for this informative webinar and discussion about parent engagement around school health. Hear from a community partner, a school district and a school principal about the different strategies for engaging parents in school health. To register for the webinar, visit this link.

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 through 11:59 pm EDT on July 31, 2013.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

June 9-14, 2013, Tennessee State Conference, Gatlinburg, TN
June 11-12, 2013, Iowa State Conference, Ames, IA
June 11-13, 2013, Louisiana State Conference, New Orleans, LA
June 11-13, 2013, Ohio State Conference, Sandusky, OH
June 16-19, 2013, Texas State Conference, Houston, TX
June 17-19, 2013, Kentucky State Conference, Lexington, KY
June 18-20, 2013, Colorado State Conference, Denver, CO
June 18-20, 2013, Montana State Conference, Billings, MT
June 18-21, 2013, Utah State Conference, St. George, UT
June 18-21, 2013, North Carolina State Conference, Greensboro, NC
June 23-26, 2013, Wisconsin State Conference, LaCrosse, WI
June 24-26, 2013, Nebraska State Conference, South Sioux City, NE
June 26-28, 2013, Illinois State Conference, Tinley Park, IL
June 27-28, 2013, Connecticut State Conference, Farmington, CT


 
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