Tuesday Morning April 1, 2008


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April 1, 2008


Table of Contents

Beef Recall Update
FNS Proposes Rule on CACFP At Risk After School Meals in Eligible States
State Legislative Update
April is Global Child Nutrition Month
USDA Fact Sheets for Healthier School Meals
New Research Shows School Nutrition Policies Make a Difference


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Legislative Action Center
Legislative Toolkit
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State Policy Index
State and Federal Legislation
Public Policy and Legislative Committee


Beef Recall Update

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a listing of all schools that were affected by the Hallmark/Westland beef company on Thursday, March 27, 2008.  The list includes school districts that received meat from the company between February 2006 and February 2008.  Not all of the schools listed had the recalled beef remaining in inventory. Earlier in the week, a report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, a California newspaper, included a statement from the USDA declaring that all recalled beef was recovered and destroyed.  Please see Related Links for a complete list of the schools.

In related news, the USDA is considering a rule that would allow the agency to share the names of retail stores selling meat recalled due to a serious health risk.  Currently, USDA only states that a recall has been issued, it does not list the affected retail stores. For additional information, please see Related Links.

FNS Proposes Rule on CACFP At Risk After School Meals in Eligible States

usdaThe March 27, 2008 Federal Register included a rule proposed by USDA Food and Nutrition Service to amend the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) regulations to implement provisions from the Agriculture Risk Protection Act of 2000, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, that authorize reimbursement to eligible States for a meal (normally a supper) served by at-risk after school care programs. The eligible States are Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The intent of this proposed rule is to conform CACFP regulations to statutory amendments that provide an additional meal for at-risk children through age 18 who are participating in after school programs in the eligible States. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) implemented the statutory mandates through written policy guidance upon enactment of the statutory provisions. Comments on this proposed rule must be received or postmarked on or before May 27, 2008. The proposed rule and USDA address of where to send comments can be accessed through Related Links.

State Legislative Update

Maine moved a step closer to expanding the availability of school breakfast this week.  Legislators voted to include $200,000 in the state’s supplemental budget bill to provide free breakfasts to all children who qualify for reduced price meals.  Unlike a stand alone bill that would eliminate the reduce price category for school breakfast in all schools that offer lunch, this provision would only cover schools that already serve breakfast.  Maine legislators are optimistic that the funding will be approved.

School breakfast was also a topic of discussion in Florida this week.  Legislators in the Sunshine State debated a bill that would require all schools to offer school breakfast.  The legislation also requires schools that are over 80 percent free and reduced to offer universal breakfast, starting in the 2010-2011 school year.  Identical bills are currently being considered by the Florida House and Senate.

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law the Local Farms – Healthy Kids Bill (SB 6483).  The bill received broad, bi-partisan support from a variety of groups and passed the Washington legislature with practically unanimous support.  The bill’s provisions include:

  • Easing state and school procurement restrictions to allow school districts to purchase Washington grown produce
  • Establishes a Farm to School Program
  • Promotes the creation of school gardens
  • Establishes Farmers Market Technology Program
  • Establishes three Farm to Food Bank pilot programs
  • Expands and increases funding for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program

In Alabama, a bill (HB 767) was introduced that would provide for a nutritionist in each of the state’s 11 child nutrition service centers. The nutrition would be responsible for assisting local school districts in menu development, financial management, food preparation, and analysis of nutritional content.  The nutritionist would also participate in training programs for school nutrition staff. For more information on state legislation, please visit the Federal and State Legislation Link.

April is Global Child Nutrition Month

gcnfToday marks the start of the first Global Child Nutrition Month. All month long schools will celebrate by raising awareness and funds for school feeding efforts worldwide. To date, over 600 schools have committed to hosting events that raise awareness about global child hunger and encourage global citizenship. Many schools are holding creative fundraisers, scheduling assemblies or featuring international lunch menus with the goal of raising 25 cents per student. Global Child Nutrition Month (GCNM) supports the Global Child Nutrition Foundation a 501 c(3)committed to eliminating childhood hunger across the globe through the creation of self-sustaining school nutrition programs. The Foundation believes that by nurturing young bodies and minds, a more stable, peaceful world can be built. See Related Links for information on the activities planned in a couple of districts.

USDA Fact Sheets for Healthier School Meals

At SNA’s LAC 2008, USDA announced its plan to release nine fact sheets on topics related to the Dietary Guidelines including: Dairy, Fruit, Vegetables, Whole Grains, Sodium and more.  The purpose of this new technical assistance is to offer new ways to help school nutrition programs further implement the 2005 DGAs.

Each fact sheet includes easy to follow, fun facts and ideas with the following sections:

  • Key Issues: Background information on the topic food group or nutrient
  • Recipe for Success: Menu ideas to incorporate or limit the fact sheet topic
  • USDA Commodity Highlight: Ways to add healthy commodity foods and ingredients to meals
  • Messages to Students: Great nutrition education for kids
  • Did You Know?: Fun facts on each topic to use in your kitchen or cafeteria.
  • For more information: Where to go to learn more

USDA has already released “Use Low-Fat Milk, Cheese and Yogurt for Healthier School Meals” and “Jazz up your Menu with Fruits for Healthier School Meals.” The other seven are coming soon! For the full Fact Sheets see Related Links.

New Research Shows School Nutrition Policies Make a Difference

An article published in the January 2008 issue of the American Journal of Public Health found that school nutrition policies are making a difference in the foods children consume during the school day.  Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine studied the impact of the Texas School Nutrition Policy on students in Texas schools.  The Texas School Nutrition Policy sets very strict nutrition standards for all school food sources, including the reimbursable school meals. The study found that student consumption of vegetables, milk, and nutrients including protein, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium and sodium increased following implementation of the program.  In contrast, fewer sweetened beverages and snack chips were consumed.  Most of the healthier nutrients were consumed through the National School Lunch Program. For additional information, please visit Related Links.

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

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State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia.

2007 - 2008 Public Policy and Legislative Committee Contacts

Craig Weidel

PPL Committee Chair

Cindy Brooks

Northeast Region

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Mideast Region

Annette Bomar Hopgood

Southeast Region

Cindy Hormel

Midwest Region

Melanie Konarik

Southwest Region  

Lyman Graham,

West Region

Lincoln Pierce

Northwest Region

School Nutrition Association

Child Nutrition and Policy Center 




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