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October 1, 2013

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Federal Policy

Competitive Foods Update: SNA Submits Comments to Interim Final Rule
National Farm to School Month Starts Today!
SNA Attends Alliance for a Healthier Generation Event
SNA Hosts Patrons for Annual Meeting
Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge Today
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Breakfast Materials Still Available
2015 Dietary Guidelines Process is in Full Swing

State Policy

West Virginia Schools Addressing Unpaid Meal Charges
Maryland Holds “Homegrown School Lunch Week”
New Hampshire District Switches to Local Food
Washington School Nutrition Association Teams Up for Taste of Washington Day

Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNF’s Breakfast Learning Series: A New Way to Interact with Your Peers
SNF and the Walmart Foundation Host Webinar on Breakfast in the Classroom
Register Now for SNA's Fall Industry Boot Camp!
SNA Monitors Participation in Lunch and Breakfast Programs
USDA Farm to School Program and eXtension Hosting a Webinar
Submit Proposals for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Competitive Foods Update: SNA Submits Comments to Interim Final Rule

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. 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. To review SNA’s comments on the rule, click here

SNA reconvened the Competitive Foods Task Force to review and analyze the rule, as well as to develop a position in response to the rule, which was submitted to USDA following Board approval. SNA strongly encourages members to review the comments and utilize them to develop your own, your district’s, or your state’s position and submit. Written comments on the rule are accepted at Regulations.gov until October 28, 2013.

To view more details and supporting documents on the process SNA took in development of its position, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/competitivefoods.

National Farm to School Month Starts Today!

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) invites you to partner in promoting Farm to School Month throughout October.

There are a host of resources available to help you plan your celebration, including a communications toolkit to help spread the word about your events and a fact sheet to share with everyone in your community. There are also posters, logos and a shop full of other materials, like stickers and buttons.

Once you’ve completed your Farm to School Month activities, be sure to complete the Farm to School Counts survey. By sharing your stories and photos, you will be entered in a drawing to win one of several prizes, including a free registration to the 2014 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, Texas. Visit www.farmtoschoolmonth.org for more details. Also, don’t forget to use #F2SMonth when you talk about Farm to School Month on social media.

SNA Attends Alliance for a Healthier Generation Event

SNA President Leah Schmidt and CEO Patti Montague attended an event yesterday where President Bill Clinton honored 267 of the healthiest schools in the nation at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s eighth annual Healthy Schools Program Forum in Little Rock, Ark.

This year during the ceremony, President Bill Clinton used data from their Healthy Schools Program to show how all schools receiving the National Recognition Award and a large majority of their participating schools are meeting or exceeding updated federal nutrition standards for healthy school meals.

SNA Hosts Patrons for Annual Meeting

As one of the benefits of Patron level membership, SNA hosts an annual meeting with SNA leadership. The meeting is will be held Wednesday, October 2, and there are a record number of attendees -- 51 Patrons -- participating. In attendance will also be seven major city directors. There will be presentations on trends, research, a legislative update, a director panel, as well as ample time for discussion and dialogue.

Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge Today

Highlight the efforts your staff and school community are making to ensure that students will be eating nutritious meals and engaging in nutrition education, physical education, and physical activity this school year. Download the HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria Application at teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/application.html. If you have any questions, you can always contact your State Child Nutrition Agency for more information.

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Breakfast Materials Still Available

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 at the Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City. To access this resource, click here.

2015 Dietary Guidelines Process is in Full Swing

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have announced the establishment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). This process happens every 5 years. The DGAC is expected to convene five public meetings; the first meeting was held on June 13-14, 2013. The Committee’s recommendations and rationale will be presented in a report to both the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, and will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This serves as a policy document for which all dietary guidance for Americans is based upon.

SNA will be drafting comments to be included in the record, as well as submitting comments for consideration for oral testimony. SNA is monitoring the process closely and has registered to provide oral comments at the October 3 meeting. You are encouraged to submit comments, as well. To view archived webinars from public meetings, submit comments, and see the full calendar of events, click here.


State Policy

West Virginia Schools Addressing Unpaid Meal Charges

Some schools in West Virginia are using multiple ways to address the rising number of unpaid meal charges. These include utilizing collection agencies or court, if bills continue to be unpaid. Last year, West Virginia passed the Feed to Achieve Act which aims to provide free meals to all students. To learn more, visit this link.

Maryland Holds “Homegrown School Lunch Week”

As part of the Farm to School Program, schools in Maryland celebrated “Homegrown School Lunch Week” from September 23-27, 2013. The week is aimed to promote locally produced food ranging from fresh produce to crab meat. To learn more, visit this link.

New Hampshire District Switches to Local Food

Students in Concord, N.H., are consuming more local food than ever before. Beginning this year, most produce and meat will be purchased from local suppliers and the schools will be relying less on commodity purchases. Beyond serving healthier food, working with area farms puts money back into the local economy. To learn more, visit this link.

Washington School Nutrition Association Teams Up for Taste of Washington Day

The School Nutrition Association Washington State Chapter teamed up with other local organizations to celebrate “Taste of Washington Day.” The day was focused on promoting local produce and products, including those used within the school nutrition programs. For the occasion, school districts served lunches featuring locally sourced food. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNF’s Breakfast Learning Series: A New Way to Interact with Your Peers

Learn about tools available to assist in breakfast planning. SNF’s Breakfast Learning Series will assist by helping you to identify your stakeholders and understand their needs. You will be able to refine your message and help foster a relationship built for success. You can learn more through SNF's new interactive Breakfast Learning Series, where you will help a fictitious district navigate its way to Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) success by interacting with other child nutrition professionals and school matter experts.

Segment 2: Engaging School Administration, Principals and Teachers begins this Thursday, October 3. Don’t miss this opportunity, register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bslsegment2.

SNF and the Walmart Foundation Host Webinar on Breakfast in the Classroom

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, will host a FREE webinar entitled “Sustainable Breakfast in the Classroom Programs Start with Effective Assessments” on October 16th from 2:00-3:15 pm EST (1:00 pm Central, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific). Join this webinar to learn about making the most of the assessment process, best practices, and lessons learned from foodservice directors and operators who have successfully integrated breakfast in the classroom (BIC) into their school nutrition programs. Whether you are considering BIC or you are in the process of implementing BIC, this webinar is for you.

Time will be devoted to Q&A, so please come with your questions. For the first time ever, you can also submit your questions early. Just email them to snf@schoolnutrition.org. These questions will be the first to be answered by our panelists. Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU. To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/307869346.

Register Now for SNA's Fall Industry Boot Camp!

Scheduled to be held on November 6-7, 2013, this two-day intensive educational seminar is a "must attend" for anyone selling in the school foodservice segment. Companies sending more than two attendees will receive a 20% discount on each additional registration after their first two registrations. Boot Camp is a great resource for training new employees! For more information, contact SNA Industry Relations Specialist Jessica Garrett at (301) 686-3073 or jgarrett@schoolnutrition.org. To learn more, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/bootcamp.

SNA Monitors Participation in Lunch and Breakfast Programs

With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA has been monitoring data from USDA to understand how national participation in lunch and breakfast programs is changing compared to the previous school year. Based on preliminary data for the 2012-13 school year (September 2012 through May 2013), 30.8 million students participated in the National School Lunch Program on an average day. This is a 3.2% decrease compared to the 2011-12 school year. While average lunch participation has decreased, participation in the School Breakfast Program has increased reaching on average 13.1 million students per day. This is a 2.16% increase compared to the 2012-13 school year. 

To view the National School Lunch Participation Tracking Charts, visit the SNA Resource Center or click here.

USDA Farm to School Program and eXtension Hosting a Webinar

The USDA Farm to School Program and the eXtension Community of Practice in Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems will host a webinar to explore Cooperative Extension professionals’ role in supporting farm to school programs.

  • Wednesday, October 9, 1:00-2:00 pm (EDT), Julia Govis from University of Illinois Extension and Morgan Taggart from Ohio State University Extension will discuss the many ways they are supporting farm to school through the development of educational resources and curriculum.

To view the webinar via LiveMeeting, click here. To hear the webinar, dial 1-800-988-0278 and use the passcode 91613#.

Submit Proposals for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up

The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will convene more than 1,000 diverse stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The conference will take place April 15-18, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Submit your proposal for a workshop, poster or lightning talk by November 8. For full details and information, you can download the official request for proposals here. For more information, visit farmtocafeteriaconference.org. Registration opens in January 2014.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

October 2, 2013, SNA Patron Meeting, National Harbor, MD
October 11-12, 2013, Maryland State Conference, Ocean City, MD
October 16-20, 2013, SNA Fall Committee Days, Crystal City, VA
October 17-20, 2013, South Carolina State Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
October 25, 2013, Vermont Annual Meeting, Shelburne, VT
October 29-30, 2013, Massachusetts State Conference, Worcester, MA


 
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