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June 25, 2013

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Federal Policy

Farm Bill Fails in the House
House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Schedules Hearing on June 27, 2013
Competitive Foods Update
SNA Members and OMB Discuss Proposed Competitive Foods Rule
SNA Signs On to Letter of Support for FIT Kids
Farm to School Showcase Toolkit Launches
The First Lady and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”
Summer Foods Kick Off!
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

Washington State Schools Ponder Allergy Issues
San Francisco Strengthens Laws On Food Trucks Near Schools
Wallingford, CT Schools May Sell Snacks Wednesday Only
Kentucky School Donates Leftover Food

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Childhood Obesity Event by RWJF and American Heart Association
RWJF Research: Consumers Want Menu Labeling
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Farm Bill Failed in the House

A broad five-year farm bill went down to a surprise defeat in the House when Republican conservatives revolted against the legislation, arguing that it would cost too much, while Democrats defected, saying it would not spend enough on their priorities. The 234 to 195 vote was the latest rebuke to House GOP leaders, who have struggled to muster enough control of the chamber to pass major legislation. To learn more, read this Washington Post article or visit this link.

House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Hearing on June 27, 2013

The hearing, entitled “School Meal Regulations: Discussing the Costs and Consequences for Schools and Students,” is scheduled for June 27, 2013 at 10:00 am in room 2175 Rayburn H.O.B. Witnesses to be announced.

Competitive Foods Update

The proposed rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget, indicating the next step in rulemaking. This proposed rule would codify the two provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Pub. L. 111-296; the Act) under 7 CFR parts 210 and 220. Section 203 requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to make available to children free of charge, as nutritionally appropriate, potable water for consumption in the place where meals are served during meal service. Section 208 requires the Secretary to promulgate proposed regulations to establish science-based nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools not later than December 13, 2011. The nutrition standards would apply to all food sold outside the school meal programs, on the school campus, and at any time during the school day. The Congressional Budget Office determined these provisions would incur no Federal cost and that the provisions in this proposed rulemaking would result in better nutrition for all school children. To read more, visit this link.

SNA Members and OMB Discuss Proposed Competitive Foods Rule

On Friday, June 21, 2013, SNA members met via conference call with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed competitive foods rule. OMB is currently reviewing the rule which was transmitted from USDA on June 14. The discussion provided an opportunity to discuss the problems and concerns with the rule as currently written. Participating in the phone call were both operators and industry members who explained to OMB staff how the proposed rule would financially devastate many school nutrition programs and contribute to significant drops in participation. As schools are still recovering from the impact the new meal patterns is having on programs, as well as preparing for the increase in costs associated with the new breakfast program, any additional new changes to a program would have significant negative consequences. SNA members also spoke to the concerns about turning the school lunch program into the “have” and the “have nots” as a la carte sales keep kids in the cafeterias vs. driving them off campus to other venues.

The participants on the call were: SNA President Sandra Ford, Manatee School District (FL); Cindy Brooks, Seymour School District (CT); Becky Domokos-Bays, Alexandria City Schools (VA); Jessica Shelly, Cincinnati Public School District (OH); Karen Castaneda, Lower Merion School District (PA); Chris Burkhardt, Lakota Local School District (OH); Michael Rosenberger, Irving Independent School District (TX); Megan Schaper, State College Public School District (PA); Jonathan Dickl, Knox County Schools (TN); Maura Motolese (Switch Beverage); Mimi Ford (J & J Snack Food); Megan Garcia (ConAgra); and Pat McCoy (Schwan’s Food Service).

SNA Signs On to Letter of Support for FIT Kids

Along with a number of allied groups, SNA signed on to a letter to Senator Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of his introducing of the FIT Kids Act.

The undersigned organizations thank you for introducing the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act. This bill will help our children obtain a much needed head start on a healthy life by providing regular, quality physical education.

Visit this link for the final letter.

Farm to School Showcase Toolkit Launches

Ecotrust’s Farm to School program has put together a new resource, entitled The Farm to School Showcase Toolkit: A Guide for Connecting Local Food Suppliers with School Food Buyers at School Nutrition Trade Shows. Since 2010, they have been coordinating a special event for Oregon school foodservice staff to help them connect with local food producers, processors and distributors. The event, which they call the “Farm to School Showcase,” is part of the school food trade show at Oregon’s School Nutrition Association (OSNA) annual conference. The conference is attended by school foodservice staff from almost every school district in the state of Oregon. Read a short story about the origins of the Farm to School Showcase here, and you can also download the free toolkit here.

The First Lady and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”

First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education and USDA have announced the winners of a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” will recognize 54 winners, representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia, who will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on July 9, 2013. To read the press release, including the list of winners, visit this link.

Summer Foods Kick Off!

With school out, food is still available at a USDA Summer Meal site. The Summer Meal Program provides children with a safe place to go in the summer when school is out where they can get free, nutritious meals. Many of these sites also have organized activities that can keep children busy and make sure they are ready to learn when they return to school in the fall. For more information about a site near you, visit www.whyhunger.com/findfood.

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

Washington State Schools Ponder Allergy Issues

In the Tri-City area of Washington State, school boards are considering avenues to address student food allergies. Currently, all staff are trained in recognizing a severe allergic reaction, students with severe allergies have a separate table to prevent cross contamination and cafeterias can and do prepare separate meals. In some districts, school boards are looking into banning homemade snacks or allowing all students to carry their own EpiPens versus storing with teachers or nurses. To learn more, visit this link.

San Francisco Strengthens Laws On Food Trucks Near Schools

Recently, San Francisco passed stricter rules governing locations of where food trucks can operate with one component focusing on how close to school grounds they can operate. The Board of Supervisors negotiated an ordinance that will prevent food trucks from operating within 1,000 feet of high schools with the hope it will drive students towards the cafeteria and prevent highlighting the difference between those who can afford to purchase off campus and those who cannot. To learn more, visit this link.

Wallingford, CT Schools May Sell Snacks Wednesday Only

The School Board in Wallingford, Conn., will soon vote on a new proposal which would limit the sale of certain snacks to only Wednesday. While fruit and veggies will be available for sale every day, elementary students would only be able to purchase ice cream, chips and cookies one day a week. Support for the measure is not unanimous with some officials stating that any change should be gradual. If the measure passes, the Board will take another look at the policy in November. To learn more, visit this link.

Kentucky School Donates Leftover Food

Schools in Jefferson County, Ky., have been donating excess food to local shelters and food banks for over 20 years. As schools wrapped up their year, community organizations and volunteers arrived to collect the last of the frozen and fresh produce. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

Childhood Obesity Event by RWJF and American Heart Association

After decades of increases in rates of childhood obesity, several cities and states across the country have reported that their rates have declined. Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) for an engaging conversation with leaders from the places showing signs of progress to learn more about what’s working to reverse the epidemic. The event will be hosted by Voices for Healthy Kids, a new collaboration between RWJF and AHA focused on changing local, state and federal policies to help children and adolescents eat healthier foods and be more active.

Signs of Progress Toward Reversing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
July 9, 2013, 9:00 am–1:00 pm EDT
The National Capital Y, 1711 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Register for the event

RWJF Research: Consumers Want Menu Labeling

As the Food and Drug Administration works to finalize national menu labeling regulations, a new research review from Healthy Eating Research shows most consumers want menu labeling at the point of purchase in restaurants and cafeterias. Other show, customers notice menu labels at the point of purchase, and those labels increase their awareness of nutritional information and the impact of menu labeling may be greater among women and on higher-calorie items. In addition to the research review, two new RWJF-supported studies received national media attention: The first study shows that when people eat fast food, they consume more calories than they realize; the second study shows that menu labels can help people choose lower-calorie options. To learn more about the latest menu labeling research, 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 23-26, 2013, Wisconsin State Conference, La Crosse, 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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