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July 23, 2013

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Leah Schmidt Named SNA President for 2013-2014
USDA Memo – Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns
Upcoming Regulatory Actions to Expect
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Release Breakfast Materials
Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published
House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Hearing held on June 27, 2013
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

State Policy

Florida Program to Use Food Trucks to Deliver Meals
California School District Uses Grants to Fund Breakfast Programs
Mississippi Child Wellness Law Helps Lower Obesity Rates
New York Dept. of Health Study Shows Urban/Rural Divide on Obesity
Iowa Study Shows Parents Think Kids Are Fed Enough At School
California Announces State Grants for School Nutrition
Mississippi Schools Able to Abandon Deep-Fryers Thanks to Grant

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews
Webinar – Findings from Hunger in our Schools: Teachers Report 2013

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Leah Schmidt Named SNA President for 2013-2014

Leah Schmidt, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Hickman Mills C-1 School District (Missouri), has become the 66th President of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. SNA members welcomed Schmidt to her new role during the closing session of SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. You can read more here.

USDA Memo – Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns

On July 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memo providing information and updated materials to support the certification process set forth in the interim rule. The lunch tools remain unchanged, and this addresses the breakfast meal pattern for SY 2013-14. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum and attachments to program operators immediately. School food authorities should contact their state agencies for additional information. Click here to read the memorandum and here to review the new tools.

Upcoming Regulatory Actions to Expect

According to the Unified Agenda released recently, and found here, we can expect several school related regulatory actions this fall and early 2014.

  • School wellness: proposed rule opens November 2013, ends January 2014
  • CACFP: proposed rule opens September 2013, comment period ends November 2013
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: final action: January 2014

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Release Breakfast Materials

In collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee created materials with examples of breakfast menus that meet the new meal pattern standards for school breakfast. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation released this guide last week at the Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City. To access this members-only resource, click here.

Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has published an interim final rule for Competitive Foods entitled, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. SNA is in the process of reviewing and analyzing the rule, as well as determining next steps in response to the rule. This interim final rule amends the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. There is a 120 day comment period for the interim final rule and written comments on the rule are accepted at Regulations.gov until October 28, 2013. Key changes in the rule are:

  • Increasing the proposed rule’s sodium limit on snacks and non-program side dishes from 200 mg per portion as packaged to 230 mg (through June 2016);
  • Exempting nuts/seeds and nut/seed butters from the rule’s total and saturated fat standards;
  • Exempting part skim mozzarella cheese from the total and saturated fat standards;
  • Allowing full strength juice diluted with added water (or carbonated water);
  • Allowing fruit packed in light syrup; and
  • Adopting the 35 percent by weight standard for sugar over the alternate 35 percent of calories standard.

See www.schoolnutrition.org/competitivefoods for the Interim Final Rule, SNA’s Press Release, and a list of a number of news articles on the topic quoting then SNA resident Sandra Ford, SNS. Other resources include the OFW Memo on the Interim Final Rule and a side-by-side comparison (in Excel) of SNA’s recommendations (view comments) and the Interim Final Rule.

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

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Sandra Ford, SNS, then President of SNA, testified before the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on the impact that the new school meal pattern regulations have had on school meal operators. Ford’s testimony included discussion on the financial impact and the unintended consequences of elements on the new requirements. During the question and answer period, Members of Congress inquired into best practices of schools, the impact on industry and how schools have and will adjust in the future.

The witnesses included: SNA President Sandra Ford, SNA Member Megan Schaper of State College, Pa., Margo Wootan, PhD, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Kay Brown of the GAO. Visit this link for the testimonies of all the witnesses and the archived video of the hearing.

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

Please help us advance legislation to permanently eliminate weekly maximums on grains and proteins. 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

Florida Program to Use Food Trucks to Deliver Meals

Beginning in August, four new food trucks that can hold about 500 hot and 400 cold meals will start serving Pinellas, Fla., schools without kitchens, as well as summer- and after-school programs, where some students will receive free dinners. In August, free, hot dinners will be packed onto food trucks and delivered to two to five schools that host the YMCA's after-school programs. More information on the school foods program in Pinellas as well as visits by USDA to the schools can be found here.

California School District Uses Grants to Fund Breakfast Programs

Antioch Unified School District in Walnut Creek, Calif., is funding its various breakfast programs via multiple grants. It recently received an additional $35,000 from the State of California to further finance existing programs, one of which is called “Second Chance” which provides breakfast during morning recess for students that miss the breakfast in the classroom. Additional information can be found here.

Mississippi Child Wellness Law Helps Lower Obesity Rates

In 2007, Mississippi passed the “Healthy Students” Act requiring schools to provide access to healthier foods and to physical education. Since the legislation passed, obesity rates across the state have begun to decline from 43 percent in 2005, before the law’s passage, to 37.3 percent in 2011. More information on a study on the impact of the legislation can be found be here.

New York Dept. of Health Study Shows Urban/Rural Divide on Obesity

A new study performed by the New York State Dept. of Health shows a sharp divide between obesity amongst urban and rural kids. In one county, the more urban areas had 48% obesity rates amongst students while the more rural areas hovered at 22%. The study connects poverty rates as one of the issues contributing to the higher rates as well as fresh food deserts. To learn more, click here.

Iowa Study Shows Parents Think Kids Are Fed Enough At School

Last week, the University of Iowa released a study showing that parents of students assume their kids are not being served enough food in schools. The poll was complete after the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The study showed just over two-thirds of Iowa parents believe their child is not getting enough to eat in school meals, but the researcher leading the study said the problem has more to do with outreach than with portion sizes. To learn more, click here.

California Announces State Grants for School Nutrition

On July 16, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for California announced the awarding of over $12 million in state and federal grants for school nutrition programs. A full list of the awards can be located here.

Mississippi Schools Able to Abandon Deep-Fryers Thanks to Grant

Thanks to a grant provided by Mississippi non-profit, the Bower Foundation, more schools are able to provide healthier versions of kids’ favorites by switching from deep-fryers to combination oven steamers. The Bower Foundation recently awarded $540,000 to the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools, in support of the Nutrition Integrity 2014 Program. Since 2006, the Foundation has helped 134 schools install oven steamers. For more information on the Foundation, click here.


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

Webinar – Findings from Hunger in our Schools: Teachers Report 2013

Sponsored by No Kid Hungry - Share our Strength
Wednesday, August 7th, 1:00 pm (EDT)
To register for this webinar, click here.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

July 30-August 2, 2013, South Dakota State Conference, Aberdeen, SD


 
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