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November 12, 2013

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Federal Policy

Record High Number of U.S. Students Are Homeless
Federal Register: NSLP and SBP – Eliminating Applications Through Community Eligibility as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
Federal Register: FNS Publishes Direct Certification Rule – Seeks Information
USDA Farm to School Census Released – Districts Can Update Data Until November 30th
USDA FNS Requests Information Related to School Nutrition and Meal Cost

State Policy

State Meal Mandates & Reimbursements Report Updated for Current School Year
Cuts to SNAP Could Increase Reliance on School Meals

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Webinar: Menuing Mushrooms – Strategies to Extend Meat Entrées, Add Veggies and Gain Student Approval
CDC Data on Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults
Submit Proposals for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Record High Number of U.S. Students Are Homeless

According to data from the National Center for Homeless Education, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, there were 1.2 million homeless students (preschool to high school) in the 2011-12 academic year, a 10 percent increase from the previous year and a 72 percent increase from the beginning of the recession. A student is considered homeless if he or she lives in a shelter, motel, or stays with someone else because he or she has no other place to live. There are more homeless students than accounted for in research. For more information, click here.

Federal Register: NSLP and SBP – Eliminating Applications Through Community Eligibility as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

This rule proposes to amend the eligibility regulations for free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to codify the statutory provision that establishes the community eligibility provision, a reimbursement option for eligible local educational agencies and schools that wish to offer free school meals to all children in high poverty schools without collecting household applications. This proposed rule reflects statutory requirements that were implemented through policy guidance following enactment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). To be assured of consideration, comments on this proposed rule must be received by January 3, 2014. Click here to read the rule in its entirety. SNA has reviewed and has determined to not submit comments, as the proposed rule is providing clarifying language and not substantive changes or rulemaking.

Federal Register: FNS Publishes Direct Certification Rule – Seeks Information

The interim rule entitled Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals was published on April 25, 2011. The Information Collection Request for this rule revised an existing information collection, OMB Control Number 0584-0026, and created a new collection OMB Control Number 0584-0585.The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated Information Collection Requests on April 19, 2013, and August 14, 2013, respectively. This document announces the approval of the request. For more information, click here.

USDA Farm to School Census Released – Districts Can Update Data Until November 30th

USDA has released its first-ever Farm to School Census, revealing that in school year 2011-12, over 38,000 schools across the country served over $350 million in local food in their school cafeterias. Visitors to USDA’s Farm to School Census website ( www.fns.usda.gov/FarmtoSchool/census) can access the results at the national, state and district levels.

School districts that missed the opportunity to participate in the survey can submit information regarding farm to school practices through November 30, 2013. Districts that did participate are encouraged to visit the site to check their responses. USDA will accept updated responses from school districts through November 30, 2013. To update data for your school district or to complete the questionnaire, contact Matt Benson with the USDA Farm to School Program at matthew.benson@fns.usda.gov.

USDA FNS Requests Information Related to School Nutrition and Meal Cost

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released a request for information in the Federal Register. Comments are invited for their School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study. The study comes at a time of unprecedented change for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The new requirements are intended to better align USDA meals and snacks with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to improve participating students' food and nutrient intake. Complying with the new requirements might affect the costs of producing school lunches and breakfasts. Conducting this study at this historic juncture will provide FNS with crucial information about the effects of the new meal standards on nutritional quality and the cost of school meals. No national study has concurrently examined the cost of producing school meals, the nutritional profile of school meals and the amount of plate waste in school meals. For more details and instructions for submitting information, click here.


State Policy

State Meal Mandates & Reimbursements Report Updated for Current School Year

SNA has updated the State Meal Mandates and Reimbursements for School Year 2013-14. The report summarizes, to the best of SNA’s knowledge, the current meal mandates for each state as well as any additional per-meal reimbursements or additional funding support. Included in this year’s report is a reference chart for a brief overview of the current policies across the United States. The report can be found by clicking here.

Cuts to SNAP Could Increase Reliance on School Meals

Recent cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) has elevated the importance of federal free and reduced school meal programs, according to officials and social service providers. Close to 70 percent of students in Brockton Public Schools in Massachusetts, a district of more than 17,000, are eligible for free meals, according to School Department figures. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

Webinar: Menuing Mushrooms – Strategies to Extend Meat Entrées, Add Veggies and Gain Student Approval

Wednesday, November 13, 2:00-3:15 pm EST
The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with the Mushroom Council, will host a free webinar entitled “Menuing Mushrooms: Strategies to Extend Meat Entrées, Add Veggies and Gain Student Approval.” Learn from a panel of school nutrition professionals about creative ways of using mushrooms to enhance your recipes, manage food costs and procure through the USDA Foods Program. To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/855403754.

CDC Data on Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics reports that according to data from the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, there was "no significant change in obesity prevalence between 2009-10 and 2011-12 among either men or women."

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

November 5-7, 2013, Arkansas State Conference, Hot Springs, AR
November 8-10, 2013, Michigan State Conference, Acme, MI
November 8-10, 2013, Missouri State Conference, Chesterfield, MO
November 8-10, 2013, New York State Conference, Rochester, NY
November 14-17, 2013, California State Conference, Palm Springs, CA


 
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