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School Nutrition Professionals Discuss School Cafeteria Challenges at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference
Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2014) – Approximately 1,000 school nutrition professionals from across the country have gathered in Washington, D.C., for the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 42nd annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). Attendees are urging Congress to protect school meal programs as part of Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015.
LAC comes at a crucial time as school nutrition professionals struggle to manage the cost of meeting new nutrition standards for school meals. Since the standards were implemented in 2012, more than 1 million fewer students chose school meals each day and meal programs have experienced rising food costs with declining program revenue.
To ensure the long term sustainability of child nutrition programs, LAC attendees will discuss the need for regulatory flexibility to help manage costs, increase student participation and ease administrative burdens for school menu planners.
LAC features a “Charge to the Hill” on Tuesday, when attendees head to the US Capitol to meet their members of Congress and discuss these concerns and the reauthorization priorities outlined in SNA’s 2014 Position Paper. The “Charge to the Hill” will culminate in an SNA Capitol Hill Reception in Rayburn Cafeteria (March 4, 5:30 pm).
LAC attendees will also participate in General Session discussions on competitive food standards, called Smart Snacks in School, and proposed professional standards for school meal program personnel. USDA will provide an update on recent and upcoming regulatory changes as well. Click here for a schedule of events.
School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 42nd annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) runs from March 2-5, 2014, at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Media wishing to attend LAC must contact Diane Pratt-Heavner at (703) 576-7526 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
For more information on SNA’s 2014 Position Paper, click here.
About School Nutrition Association:The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org.
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School Cafeterias to Celebrate National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7)
Take Time for School Breakfast Campaign Promotes the Benefits of the School Breakfast Program
National Harbor, MD (February 27, 2014) – Next week, school cafeterias across the country will celebrate National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7) by hosting “Take Time for School Breakfast” celebrations designed to highlight how eating a balanced school breakfast contributes to academic achievement.
The majority of Americans feel breakfast is important, and research shows students who eat breakfast score better on standardized test, yet hectic mornings make it difficult to fit the meal in every day. In fact, 40 percent of moms say that their child does not eat breakfast daily, according to Kellogg’s recent Breakfast in America survey.
The 2014 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take Time for School Breakfast,” encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time-saving option for busy mornings. School breakfast choices include protein, grains, fruit or 100% fruit juice and low-fat milk and new nutrition standards for school meals mean more whole grains and more fruit at breakfast, while fat, sodium and calories are limited.
Schools are getting creative with breakfast service options that help students make time for breakfast despite late bus arrivals and early morning class schedules. Grab-and-go options, breakfast in the classroom service, breakfast carts and kiosks around the school building are becoming more prevalent in schools.
As part of next week’s campaign, schools will celebrate the benefits of school breakfast with cafeteria events including an art contest, activities for students and special menus. To get parents in on the fun, the School Nutrition Association will host a National School Breakfast Week giveaway contest on www.Facebook.com/TrayTalk.
“Take Time for School Breakfast” was created by the non-profit School Nutrition Association with support from Kellogg’s Foodservice. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.
SNA to Comment on Proposed Rule on Professional Standards
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (January 31, 2014) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released proposed regulations on professional standards for all school nutrition employees. USDA’s announcement and a link to the proposed regulations can be found at this link.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals working in school cafeterias nationwide, has already mobilized a representative task force of SNA members to review the details of the proposed rule. The task force will assess the impact of the rule on school nutrition professionals and school meal programs, gather extensive input from SNA members and craft SNA’s official comments in response to the rule.
"School nutrition professionals work tirelessly to provide well balanced, nutritious school meals that support improved healthy and academic achievement for America’s students,” said SNA President Leah Schmidt, SNS. "School Nutrition Association (SNA) supports the development of professional standards to further elevate the quality and efficacy of school meal programs and enhance the public’s confidence in school nutrition professionals. We look forward to reviewing the details of USDA's proposed rule and providing SNA member feedback."
SNA has been at the forefront of advancing professional development opportunities for school nutrition professionals. The Association offers educational conferences, webinars and top notch Certification and Credentialing programs.
About School Nutrition Association: The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org.
SNA Releases 2014 Position Paper
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (January 15, 2014) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national non-profit representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals, has released its 2014 Position Paper, which outlines the Association’s advocacy efforts.
The 2014 Position Paper, which cites recent decreases in school lunch participation and increases to the cost of operating child nutrition programs, calls on Congress to provide additional flexibility in the operation of school meal programs to help ensure the overall sustainability of the programs.
The 2014 Position Paper will be the focus of SNA’s 42nd annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC), which runs from March 2-5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Approximately 1,000 school nutrition professionals from across the nation will descend on Capitol Hill as part of LAC’s “Charge to the Hill,” allowing SNA members to meet with their representatives to discuss school nutrition issues.
Click here for talking points on the 2014 Position Paper.
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