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Tuesday Morning - August 6, 2013

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August 6, 2013

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Federal Policy

Congress Enters a District Work Period
USDA Announces Annual Adjustments to the National Rates for School Lunch and Breakfast
Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Dr. Janey Thornton Made Important Announcement at ANC
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
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

State Policy

Oregon Schools to Benefit from Local Produce Funding
Michigan Court Uphold “Nut Free” Schools
Montana County Uses Grant to Fund After School Program

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Webinar – Findings from Hunger in our Schools: Teachers Report 2013
Webinar – How Faith and Community Leaders Can Help Families Live Healthier and More Active Lives
Webinar – Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Congress Enters a District Work Period

Congress has entered a district work period through September 6th. (See Congressional Schedules.) During a state or district work period, members attend town hall meetings, breakfasts, lunches, receptions, dinners, parades, events, ribbon cuttings and meetings with constituents, as well as give interviews to the local press and make site visits to businesses and organizations in the member’s district. SNA members are encouraged to invite their House and Senate members into their cafeterias to discuss your child nutrition programs. For more information on how to conduct a cafeteria site visit, click here.

USDA Announces Annual Adjustments to the National Rates for School Lunch and Breakfast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released a notice announcing the annual adjustments to the “national average payments,” the amount of money the Federal Government provides states for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

For the contiguous states participating in the National School Lunch Program:

  • Less than 60% Free and Reduced: Paid - $.28; Reduced - $2.53; Free - $2.93
  • 60% or More Free and Reduced: Paid $.30; Reduced - $2.55; Free - $2.95
  • Note, if you have earned your $.06 certification, add $.06 to all categories

The payments and rates are prescribed on an annual basis each July. These rates are effective from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Look here for further info on Lunch, Breakfast, and Milk Rates for SY 2013-2014.

Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Dr. Janey Thornton Made Important Announcement at ANC

Earlier this month at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, announced during the second general session and Cindy Long reiterated in subsequent USDA listening sessions at the conference that there will be permanent removal of the grain and meat/meat alternate maximums “before the end of the year.” They both pointed out that these changes take time and there will be a forthcoming memo, but they were both clear that before the end of 2013 there would be a permanent change. Once the memo is released it will be available on the SNA website. Stay tuned to Tuesday Morning and SchoolNutrition.org.

USDA Memo – Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns

On July 17, 2013, 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 earlier this month at the Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City. To access this resource, click here.

Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published

USDA 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. SNA will reconvene the Competitive Task Force in order to develop an official Association position.

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 President 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.

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

While USDA has stated they are planning to make permanent the elimination of grain and protein maximums, SNA continues to work on moving key legislation forward. We are still asking for your help in advancing the House and Senate legislation which would make the elimination of the maximums permanent. The House version also contains language addressing Paid Meal Equity, another important issue addressed in the 2013 Legislative Issue Paper. Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor S. 427/H.R. 1303. For a customizable form letter to send to your House Member and Senators, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=62541546.


State Policy

Oregon Schools To Benefit from Local Produce Funding

As the legislative session wrapped up in Oregon, a bill to provide over $1.2 million for the purchase of local produce was signed into law. A majority of the funds allocated will directly reimburse schools for the purchase of Oregon grown and processed foods. As the schools will receive the funds in the fall, options will be plentiful and cheaper due to peak harvest. The funds can also be used to purchase locally produced meat and flour products. To learn more, visit this link.

Michigan Court Uphold “Nut Free” Schools

A Michigan Court upheld a previous decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed against a school for implementing a ban on all nuts. The ban prohibited all peanuts and tree nuts from the building, and school officials periodically searched lunch boxes and backpacks. In response, a parent filed a suit against the ban. To learn more, visit this link.

Montana County Uses Grant to Fund Afterschool Program

Utilizing a $60,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, Missoula County Public Schools will be able to provide afterschool meals to students. The grant will pay administrative costs for the enhanced meals programs, while the federal government will shoulder the cost of meals. Students will be able to stay after school, receive a hot meal and participate in some sort of activity. Ten schools will participate initially, and more could be added, depending on how many students qualify for free and reduced-price meals. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

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

On Wednesday, August 7th, join Share Our Strength for an advanced look at the findings from their annual survey of teachers and their perspective on hunger and its impact on students.  For this year’s report, they’ve added principals to the survey as well as an oversample of schools with innovative breakfast models, such as breakfast in the classroom.

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

Webinar – How Faith and Community Leaders Can Help Families Live Healthier and More Active Lives

Let's Move Faith & Communities is teaming up with the National Institutes of Health's We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)® program! As a result of this collaboration, faith and community leaders can join online trainings and learn how to use We Can! materials and resources to help families help children maintain a healthy weight. Online training opportunities, which include webinars, help equip health leaders to run We Can! in their communities.

The next webinar, “Energize Our Families: Parent Program,” will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00 pm (EDT). If you wish to participate in this webinar, click here.

We Can! is a science-based national education program that offers tools and resources for parents, caregivers and communities helping families improve food choices, increase physical activity and reduce screen time. We Can! provides completion certificates (upon request) for individuals who attend a training.

Webinar – Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity

Tuesday, September 10th, 1:00 pm (EDT)
To register for this event, click here.
Sponsored Active Living Research, Public Health Institute, and Ready for Recess


Upcoming Meetings and Events

August 4-7, 2013, Minnesota State Conference, Rochester, MN
August 6-7, 2013, Washington State Conference, Yakima, WA
August 13-14, 2013, New Jersey State Conference, East Brunswick, NJ


 
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