Tuesday Morning - November 17, 2015

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

School Nutrition Association 2016 Position Paper
U.S. Senate Introduces Companion Fruits and Vegetables Bill
Stop Child Summer Hunger Act
CDC Study Reports Positive Childhood Obesity Trends
Breakfast After the Bell Survey Finds Program a Success
Invite Your Member of Congress to Your School and Enter to Win!

State Snapshots

San Diego USD Expands Halal School Lunch Program
State Legislatures Adjourned 

Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars
USDA Healthier US School Challenge Webinar 
FRAC Meals Matter Series
Institute of Child Nutrition Free Training Sessions



Federal Policy

School Nutrition Association 2016 Position Paper

On December 3-4, the SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee (PPL) will meet to draft the Association’s 2016 Position Paper. The PositionPaper reflects the Association's top legislative/regulatory priorities and will serve as the roadmap for SNA's 2016 advocacy efforts.

To better ensure your voice is heard, we are asking for your feedback on which topics you believe should be considered for the position paper. Please refer to the email you received from the SNA on November 14, 2015 to access the survey link and provide your feedback.

Please respond by Friday,November 20th. The PPL Committee will review your responses and discuss as they draft SNA’s 2016 Position Paper.

Senate's Fruits and Vegetables Companion Bill Introduced

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has introduced S. 2243, The Fresh Fruitand Vegetable Access For Children Senate companion bill to H.R. 3532. The bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow federal grant-funded fresh fruit and vegetable programs carried out by states to include canned, dried, frozen, or pureed fruits and vegetables. 

"Giving our schools the flexibility to serve a broad range of fruits and vegetables is a major part of helping our children get more of the daily nutrients they need," Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the bill cosponsor said in a statement.

Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 Introduced

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On November 10, 2015 U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) cosponsored S. 1539: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) on June 10, 2015. The bill is gaining quick support, already cosponsored by 10 legislators. S. 1539 establishes a program providing eligible households with summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in order to give children access to food during the summer months. An “eligible household” is a household that includes one or more children who are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals under the school lunch or breakfast program.

CDC Study Reports Positive Childhood Obesity Trends

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Obesity Report highlights a stop to the previously steadily increasing obesity rate among children and teenagers. Even more encouraging, the report is showing that obesity rates among 2-5 year olds is declining.

"We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping. This report comes on the heels of previous CDC data that found a significant decline in obesity prevalence among low-income children aged 2 to 4 years participating in federal nutrition programs," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "This confirms that at least for kids, we can turn the tide and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic."

Breakfast After the Bell Survey Finds Program a Success

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) released the joint report “Breakfast After the Bell: Equipping Students for Academic Success, Secondary School Principals Share What Works”. The report surveyed 105 secondary school principals in 67 school districts to get their take on the impact of school breakfast programs. Key in their findings, breakfast participation significantly increased with breakfast after the bell. 87% of principals stated they believe other schools should explore launching a similar program. Overall, principals noted an improved school environment with students being more attentive, fewer occurrences of tardiness and absenteeism, fewer disciplinary referrals, and improved reading and math test scores.

“The principal’s primary role is to create the conditions in which student learning can flourish, and we know that hungry and food-insecure kids are distracted from their learning by more basic needs,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Principals are well situated to address those basic needs and, as the case studies in this report demonstrate, highly effective programs can be implemented fairly easily. We hope more principals will take advantage of the opportunities to implement more robust school breakfast programs.”

 

Invite Your Member of Congress to Your School and Enter to Win!

As the new school year is upon us, now is the best time to invite your Member of Congress to visit your school cafeteria! You can enter to win one free trip for two to LAC 2016 and participate in SNA’s Charge to the Hill! Last year’s sweepstakes was such a success, we hope to surpass it this year with even more Members of Congress seeing firsthand the incredible work SNA members accomplish every single day. Need assistance with hosting a Cafeteria Site Visit? Please click here!

To enter, simply invite a Member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives to your school and provide proof of the invitation or visit (email, photos, video, news stories, etc.) to SNA by December 31, 2015. We will accept all invitations from July 1, 2015. Click here for more information on how to enter or here to read the sweepstakes rules. 

 

State Snapshots

San Diego USD Expands Halal School Lunch Program

A San Diego Unified School District program that brought halal school lunches to Crawford High School has expanded. The meals meet Muslim religious guidelines and are now being served in five elementary schools. The meals are similar to Kosher and served once a week alongside traditional cafeteria fare.

Many students in the neighborhood are the children of refugees, and are low-income and rely on free school lunches. But they haven't always been able to eat them because of their religion.

State Legislatures Adjourned

Most State legislatures are currently adjourned but will be reconvening for the 2016 legislative year in just a few weeks. SNA will continue to monitor state legislation and provide you with the latest updates right here on Tuesday Morning.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Register for SNA’s upcoming webinars to learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars!

  • Welcome Webinar for New SNA Members
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
    Join us for this Welcome Webinar and learn how to take advantage of all of your great SNA membership benefits.
    No CEUs are awarded for participating in this webinar. 

  • Breakfast in the Classroom Webinar Series:
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    Breakfast in the Classroom is a proven way to increase participation in the National School Breakfast program.
    Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

  • Grow, Learn and Celebrate with SNA Awards & SNF Scholarships
    Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    Join us to learn how to take your career to the next level with SNF Scholarships and recognize the fantastic work of your staff and colleagues with the SNA Awards.
    No CEUs are awarded for participating in this webinar. 

USDA HealthierUS School Challenge Webinar

Get recognized and receive funding for your efforts by applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) initiative!

FRAC Meals Matter Series

The Food Research and Action Center provides their Summer Meals Matter, Breakfast Meals Matter and Afterschool Meals Matter series to assist you in your meal program planning. 

Summer Meals Matter

  • Summer Meals at Libraries
    Thursday, December 3 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Learn ways to engage your community's libraries around promoting and serving meals through the Summer Nutrition Programs. 

Breakfast Meals Matter  

  • Starting Breakfast in the Classroom Mid-Year 
    Thursday, December 10 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Join FRAC to hear from school nutrition directors across the country who successfully rolled out alternative breakfast models during the school year. Discussions will include what it takes to transition to a new delivery model mid-year and also share best practices for garnering stakeholder support, communications, and training. 

Afterschool Meals Matter

  • Marketing Your Afterschool Meal Program  
    Thursday, November 19 - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Hear about effective methods and resources that state agencies, advocates and program providers use to promote the Afterschool Meal Program in their community.

  • Providing Quality Programming at Your Afterschool Meal Program
    Thursday, December 17 - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Learn about quality educational programming ideas that you can offer and resources that you can access at little to no cost to support your program. 

Institute of Child Nutrition Free Training Sessions

  • Procurement in the 21st Century
    December 8-9, 2015 – Institute of Child Nutrition in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Orientation to School Nutrition Management
    January 11-15, 2016 – Institute of Child Nutrition in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Orientation to School Nutrition Management
    March 14-18, 2016 – Thad Cochran Center at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg


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