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  • Bonus Web Content - Saucey Blueberries for K-12 Schools - May 2015

    Saucy Blueberries for K-12 Schools Makes 48 (2-ounce) servings Ingredients Sugar*: ¾ cup (6 ounces) Cornstarch: 3 tablespoons (2 ounces) Blueberries, frozen (not thawed): 5-¼ quarts (6-½ pounds) Instructions In saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch Add frozen blueberries Toss to coat Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to boil, about 15 minutes Remove lid and cook, stirring constantly, until boiling and thickened, about 5 minutes Quick notes Blueberries vary in sweetness; add additional sugar, if desired Meal Pattern Contribution per serving : ¼ cup fruit = 1 F/V serving Easy ways to use Saucy Blueberries No-Bake Blueberry Crisp Spoon Saucy Blueberries into serving bowls sprinkle with prepared granola or crumbled oatmeal cookies Build a Blueberry Parfait For dessert: Layer in glasses Saucy Blueberries, prepared vanilla pudding, and vanilla wafer or other cookie crumbs For breakfast: Layer Saucy Blueberries, vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt with crisp rice cereal or granola Purple Cow Whirl in blender until smooth: 3 cups Saucy Blueberries, 3 cups milk, and 1-½ cups canned peaches with syrup Makes 6 cups Saucy Blueberries make an excellent topping for pancakes, waffles, French toast and ice cream! For more information, visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council at LittleBlueDynamos.org.

  • Call for Posters: School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase

    SNA is now accepting school nutrition best practices and research abstracts for the 25th Annual School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase, which will take place during SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC) in Salt Lake City, July 13-14, 2015. 2015-01-22 SNA is now accepting school nutr

  • Careers in School Nutrition

    By choosing a career path in school nutrition, you will have a direct impact on the health and well-being of children.

  • Deadline Extended to Submit Abstracts for SNA’s School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase
    The deadline to submit an abstract for SNA’s 25th annual School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase has been extended to March 27, 2015.
  • Fall Journal Issue Examines Some Effects of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
    Read how the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act effected the consumption of National School Lunch Program meals and student nutrient intake in one of the articles featured in the Fall 2014 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.
  • Internships

    SNA's Internship Program is designed to provide interns with the training and opportunities necessary to pursue a district-level supervisory position in school nutrition.

  • Journal Issue Examines Food Recall Attitudes of School Nutrition Directors
    Read about the effect food recall has on school nutrition directors’ attitudes and behaviors in a recent issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.
  • Journal Issue Explores the Effects of Discreetly Adding Vegetables to School Meals
    Learn how to increase vegetable consumption by adding veggie puree to lunch entrées in one of the articles featured in the Fall 2014 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.
  • Latest Journal Issue Explores the Benefits of the National School Lunch Program
    Learn the benefits of National School Lunch Program meals in comparison with lunches brought from home in one of the articles featured in the Fall 2014 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.
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  • NSBW Art Contest Winners Announced

    SNA received more than 500 entries in the National School Breakfast Week art contest and has announced the content winners. 2015-05-07 News/NSBWArtContestWinnersAnnounced SNA received more than 500 entries in the National School Breakfast Week art contest. Three overall entries have been chosen as w

  • Online Now: Spring 2015 Issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
    If you’re looking for the latest research and current issues articles on subjects affecting child nutrition and school foodservice management, look no further. The latest issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management is available for you to review.
  • Overview

    The School Nutrition Association (formerly American School Food Service Association) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.

  • School Nutrition Specialist: Three Letters Pack a Professional Punch

    SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects just what it takes to manage school nutrition operations in today’s challenging climate.


  • Senators Hoeven and King Introduce Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act!
    Senators Hoeven and King Introduce Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act!
  • Share a STEPS Story for a Chance to Win!

    There's less than two weeks left to enter to win a free trip to attend ANC 2015 in Salt Lake City*! 2015-05-13 News/ShareaSTEPSStoryforaChancetoWin There's less than two weeks left to enter to win a free trip to attend ANC 2015 in Salt Lake City*! Enter the STEPS Small Victories Sweepstakes by

  • SNA Celebrates School Lunch Hero Day by Recognizing Award Winners
    As schools nationwide celebrate School Lunch Hero Day, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) announces winners of national professional awards.
  • SNA Remembers Past President Jane Wynn

    With sadness, the School Nutrition Association announces the death of Jane Wynn, SNA past president and a vocal school nutrition pioneer, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Pompano Beach, Fla. 2015-05-11 With sadness, the School Nutrition Association announces the death of Jane Wynn, SNA past preside

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    SNA research and information on the latest trends, factors and issues impacting school nutrition.

  • The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management

    The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management provides the latest research articles on significant issues affecting child nutrition and school foodservice management.

  • Tuesday Morning - June 2, 2015

    Table of Contents Federal Policy Bi-Partisan Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act Introduced in House U.S. House Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs Research Report on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Electronic Media Use in CACFP New Resources: Power Up for Summer Fun! and New High Five Stickers New Grant Opportunities in Breakfast and Afterschool Meals Maryland Bill Allows for CEP Expansion Louisiana Considers School Lunch Times and Hosts Farm to School Conference Reports, Webinars, and Events Don't Miss SNA's Upcoming Webinars! USDA Community Eligibility Webinar Series USDA Farm to School Webinar Series Make the "Best of Fresh" with Farm to School Webinar HealthierUS Webinar Federal Policy Bi-Partisan Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act Introduced in House On May 21, H.R. 2508, The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act was introduced in the House of Representatives! Co-sponsored by Congressmen Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) and Brad Ashford (D, NE-2), this bi-partisan legislation is a companion bill to S. 1146, also called The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act, and would also provide permanent flexibility to aid schools in complying with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) sodium and whole grain requirements under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The legislation does not change any other current requirements including calories, fruits or vegetables, and trans-fat. "School Nutrition Association members strongly support The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act," said SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE." Although new nutrition standards for school meals have brought many positive changes, some of the new rules have caused unintended negative consequences. Too many students are passing up nutritious school lunches in favor of unhealthy alternatives. Schools miss out on the opportunity to teach students about healthy choices in the cafeteria, while losing critical revenue to invest in appealing school menus. The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act will help schools maintain strong meal programs and better serve students."With bills in both Chambers of the U.S. Congress, we need your help now more than ever to keep the momentum moving forward! Use your SNA Take Action account to contact your legislators and urge them to support H.R. 2508 or S.1146! To read the House bill, please click here and for more information on the Senate bill, please click here . U.S. House Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs On Tuesday, May 19, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), held a hearing entitled, “Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Federal Child Nutrition Programs.” Witnesses included representatives from the Government Accountability Office, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and USDA Office of the Inspector General.“The federal government has long invested taxpayer dollars in programs that provide healthy meals and snacks to low-income students and families,” said Chairman Rokita. “We need to get limited funds to those children who need it the most. That’s our goal here, and that should be the goal of all of government.”More details on the hearing, including a witness list and archived webcast, can be found on the Education and Workforce Committee website ." Research Report on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Electronic Media Use in CACFP The USDA’s Team Nutrition has released a new online and in-print report on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Electronic Media use in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The report highlights practices, challenges, and technical assistance needs. Click here to download or order your print copy. Child care centers and homes, sponsoring organizations, and schools that participate in USDA’s child nutrition programs may request free printed copies of materials here . New Resources: Power Up for Summer Fun! and New High Five Stickers The USDA has provided two new resources to help expand participation in summer meals programs and encourage healthy eating. These colorful summer meals flyers will assist parents, kids and teens in finding meals in their community.In addition, new High Five stickers are now available. Give these stickers to children you spot eating a healthy lunch. Schools, child care providers, and summer meal sites participating in one of the USDA Child Nutrition programs may request up to 3 free rolls of 200 High Five stickers here . New Grant Opportunities in Breakfast and Afterschool Meals Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Innovation Lab provides new grant opportunities to pilot promising models of connecting kids to federal nutrition programs. Current opportunities include grants for increasing participation in afterschool meals and increasing participation in grab-and-go breakfast by offering a “second chance” model. All opportunities are for piloting in the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year. State Policy Maryland Bill Allows for CEP Expansion The Governor of Maryland recently signed into law a bill to allow for expansion of CEP in the state. Under The Hunger Free Schools Act, HB 965, schools in 22 counties and the City of Baltimore may now qualify for free breakfast and lunches without risking a loss of state funding. Louisiana Considers School Lunch Times and Hosts Farm to School Conference Although a recent bill to track school meal times died in the Louisiana State legislature , officials are still considering how to expand time to eat. The state will also be hosting its first Farm to School network conference on May 27. Reports, Webinars, and Events Don't Miss SNA's Upcoming Webinars! SNA’s professional development webinars are the perfect solution to be in the know on the hottest topics in school nutrition.. How SNA's Professional Development Programs Can Help You Meet Professional Standards (2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 27 ) Join us for this free webinar to learn how SNA’s various professional development programs can help you meet continuing education requirements for professional standards.   Click here  Register for upcoming webinars. USDA Community Eligibility Webinar Series USDA is providing a webinar series on the Community Eligibility Provision May 20 - Community Eligibility and State and Local Funding May 27 - Community Eligibility and Administrative Review June 10 - Successful Implementation Strategies USDA Farm to School Webinar Series Catch the next webinars in USDA's Farm to School series. May 28 - Tying it all together and digging in Register . Access past recordings of the series. Make the "Best of Fresh" with Farm to School Webinar The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s National Nutrition Advisor will talk about how to supply your district with local foods from local farmers, ranchers, fisheries, food producers and distributors of all sizes. Make the "Best of Fresh" with Farm to School 3:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 27 HealthierUS Webinar reports USDA/FNS staff will host a webinar to provide an overview of the distribution of monetary incentives for schools recognized as HUSSC: SL awardees. Monetary Incentives 2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, June 3 If prompted for an entry code, type in the following: k|+b@GH[9 ; otherwise, type in your name or the name of your group. The Meeting ID Number for this webinar: SFJ5MN

  • Tuesday Morning - May 19, 2015

    Table of Contents Federal Policy Upcoming House Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs US Senator Patrick Leahy Makes a Cafeteria Site Visit US Representative Guthrie on a School Cafeteria Tour New USDA Training Tracker Tool Farm to School Grant Applications Due May 20 New Grant Opportunities in Breakfast and Afterschool Meals SNA Member Testifies at Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on Child Nutrition State Policy Michigan Passes Fundraiser Bill State Advocacy Tools! Reports, Webinars, and Events Don't Miss SNA's Upcoming Webinars! FRAC May Meals Matter Conference Calls USDA Community Eligibility Webinar Series USDA Farm to School Webinar Series Federal Policy Upcoming House Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs On Tuesday, May 19, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Federal Child Nutrition Programs." In Fiscal Years 2015, it is estimated the federal government will invest approximately $21 billion in child nutrition programs. Recent reports from the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Agriculture and the Government Accountability Office examined waste, fraud and abuse in the administration of these programs. Though, significant progress has been made in reducing improper payments and improving school meal program integrity, the report found there is room for improvement. More details on the hearing, including a witness list and a live webcast, can be found on the Education and Workforce Committee website. US Senator Patrick Leahy Makes a Cafeteria Site Visit On Monday, May 11, US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) visited Milton Elementary School to join students for lunch. Senator Leahy is the most senior member of both the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Senator joined the students for a lunch of sloppy joes crafted using locally sourced ingredients. "At a time when obesity rates among our kids continue to rise, we need to do more to educate families and their children about the value of healthy, nutritious lifestyles and choices. One of the best places to do that is our schools, where we know students form the foundations of lifelong eating habits," Leahy said. US Representative Guthrie on a School Cafeteria Tour US Representative, Brett Guthrie (R-KY) has embarked on a tour of Kentucky school cafeterias in order to gain more insight into issues facing school nutrition professionals today. On May 7, Rep. Guthrie met with school meal administrators at Plano Elementary School to discuss the need for flexibility in the food they provide for their students. The roundtable was part of a series of talks to come as he seeks ideas for what kinds of improvements could be made during the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization. During a subsequent interview with WKU Public Radio Guthrie stated, "Everyone wants kids to eat healthy, but when you write a single rule that comes out of Washington, DC that goes into every cafeteria of every school, they don't always work." New USDA Training Tracker Tool Earlier this month, USDA published the Professional Standards final rule establishing national professional standards and training requirements for school nutrition personnel who manage and operate school meal programs. The rule will go into effect July 1, 2015. To assist you in meeting these standards, SNA is providing its members with helpful resources such as a summary of the rule, FAQs, webinars and more. In addition, the USDA released a school nutrition staff training tracking tool . The downloadable resource will assist school nutrition staff with tracking and monitoring all of the training needed to adhere to the new professional standards. The tool offers several types of reports that can be printed out and used to show that individuals and groups are meeting the qualifications during state reviews. Download the tool. Farm to School Grant Applications Due May 20 The Farm to School Grant application deadline is right around the corner! Are you ready? The application deadline is May 20, 2015 for planning, implementation and support service grant applications. A webinar recording covering the nuts and bolts of the grant application is available online. Watch the video and access the presentation. New Grant Opportunities in Breakfast and Afterschool Meals Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Innovation Lab tests promising new models of connecting more kids in need with the federal nutrition programs. Grant opportunities to pilot these new models are frequently posted and updated here . Current opportunities include two grants for increasing participation in afterschool meals (through an "umbrella" model and a "supper in the classroom" model) and one grant for increasing participation in grab-and-go breakfast by offering a "second chance" model. All opportunities are for piloting in the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year. Visit nokidhungry.org/innovation for more details and to apply. SNA Member Testifies at Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on Child Nutrition Pictured: SNA CEO Patti Montague and Cindy Jones On May 7, 2015 US Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, held a hearing to review child nutrition programs. SNA member Cindy Jones, Business Management Coordinator at Olathe Unified School District, gave testimony detailing the need for greater funding and flexibility for school meal programs as they work to provide nourishing meals to students. "Even before the Healthy, Hunger‐Free Kids Act, school nutrition professionals have been working hard to improve school menus. In our district we offer unlimited fruits and vegetables, serve whole grains and meet limits on calories and unhealthy fats, while reducing sodium." "However, we face many challenges. Under the new rules, many students are now bringing meals from home. Our elementary school participation has dropped more than 9%, and at the secondary schools revenue has dropped as many students have stopped purchasing a la carte choices." said Jones. As school districts of all sizes across America are having difficulties implementing the new regulations, Chairman Roberts has been eating school lunches with students and hearing firsthand what does and does not work from both sides of the serving line. During the hearing, Senator Roberts stated, "My travels in Kansas have indicated that we need some flexibility. Many folks are worried about what flexibility means, but to me flexibility means we still protect the tremendous gains already achieved by many and provide assistance to others so they too may achieve success." "The Agriculture Committee will conduct this reauthorization in an open and transparent manner that gives members an opportunity to pass good legislation for their constituents. I would like for this to be a bipartisan bill, and I am pleased that Ranking Member Stabenow feels the same way. With the entire committee working together, we can develop a well-rounded bill that will improve the operation of these important programs." Read SNA's press release on the hearing , including a sampling of school meal program stories from across the country. Access Cindy Jones' complete testimony and video of the hearing. State Policy Michigan Passes Fundraiser Bill The Michigan House and Senate recently passed legislation allowing for Smart Snacks exempt fundraisers to take place. As they passed different versions, the Senate will need to vote on the changes before the Governor can sign it into law. View the Senate version now. State Advocacy Tools! Curious about how to help further your own activities at the state level? Check out the variety of tools and tips available on the SNA Website! Download a presentation, learn how to hire a lobbyist for your state, understand the basics of grassroots and more! Reports, Webinars, and Events Don't Miss SNA's Upcoming Webinars! Be sure to check out SNA's list of upcoming webinars! New topics include an in-depth look at implementation of community eligibility. SNA's professional development webinars are the perfect solution to be in the know on the hottest topics in school nutrition. How SNA's Professional Development Programs Can Help You Meet Professional Standards (2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 27 ) Join us for this free webinar to learn how SNA'S various professional development programs can help you meet continuing education requirements for professional standards. Register for upcoming webinars. FRAC May Meals Matter Conference Calls The next in FRAC's summer, afterschool, and breakfast Meals Matter webinars are right around the corner. Afterschool Meals Matter 1:00pm Thursday May 21 USDA Community Eligibility Webinar Series USDA is providing a webinar series on the Community Eligibility Provision May 20 - Community Eligibility and State and Local Funding May 27 - Community Eligibility and Administrative Review June 10 - Successful Implementation Strategies USDA Farm to School Webinar Series Catch the next webinars in USDA's Farm to School series. May 28 - Tying it all together and digging in Register . Access past recordings of the series.

  • Tuesday Morning - May 5, 2015

    Table of Contents Federal Policy Senators Hoeven and King Introduce Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act! Upcoming Child Nutrition Senate Hearing USDA Announces Progress in Reducing Improper Payments in School Meals USDA Proposed Rule: Administrative Reviews in the School Nutrition Programs Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Allocation of Funds for School Year 2015-2016 Updated Department of Ed Title I and CEP Guidance Chef Ann Cooper: Opting Out is Not an Option Report: Fewer Students Drink Milk at School State Policy Nevada Senate Passes Breakfast Bill New State Policy Resource Reports, Webinars, and Events Don't Miss SNA's Upcoming Webinars! FRAC May Meals Matter Conference Calls USDA Community Eligibility Webinar Series USDA Farm to School Webinar Series MARO Health Partners' Webinar Federal Policy Senators Hoeven and King Introduce Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act! On May 1, 2015 Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the bipartisan Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act (S.1146) in the Senate. The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act would provide permanent flexibility to aid schools in complying with the USDA’s sodium and whole grain requirements under the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. The legislation does not change any other current requirements for calories, fruits or vegetables. "This legislation is all about providing both good nutrition and flexibility," said Senator Hoeven. "It’s no secret that Maine schools, like many around the country, are operating under tighter budgets... The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act will help those dollars go even further by giving schools the flexibility to provide their students with nutritious meals," said Senator King. "Senators Hoeven and King should be commended for working to ensure schools have the ability to prepare healthy meals that appeal to all our students." said School Nutrition Association CEO Patricia Montague, CAE. Now that your request for flexibility has been heard and your message picked up by Congress, it's time for you to help keep the momentum moving forward! Use your SNA Take Action account to contact your legislators and urge them to support the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. Read Senator Hoeven's press release including a summary of the legislation. Read the full text of the bill. Upcoming Child Nutrition Senate Hearing U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry announced the Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 7 to review child nutrition programs. Appearing as witnesses will be representatives from the Government Accountability Office, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Dare to Care Food Bank, West Virginia Department of Education, American Academy of Pediatrics, and SNA member and Olathe Unified School District Business Management Coordinator, Cindy Jones. Stay tuned for a summary of the proceedings in next week’s Tuesday Morning. View more details on the hearing . USDA Announces Progress in Reducing Improper Payments in School Meals On May 4, 2015, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Undersecretary Kevin Concannon announced the results of a nationwide assessment of improper payments in school meals programs, as well as several steps to sustain progress by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in reducing errors and improving school meal program integrity. Today's announcement will provide $8.5 million in grants to improve schools' operational and oversight efforts in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. In addition, a new rule is being proposed to help states better target resources to districts at highest risk of improper payments. In order to ensure proper stewardship of these vital programs, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service developed a study series titled Access, Participation, Eligibility and Certification (APEC) to collect nationally-representative data from schools and school food authorities every five years. This study estimates improper payment rates and amounts in three key areas: aggregation, certification, and meal claiming errors. The most recent results show that while overall level of program error remains unacceptably high, there have been notable areas of improvement. The overall error rate has been reduced, with significant declines in the frequency of aggregation errors - from 3.8 percent to 0.8 percent in the National School Lunch Program and from 6.0 percent to 1.2 percent in the School Breakfast Program. Read the USDA Press Release. All state agencies interested in applying for the grants announced today can visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/grants USDA Proposed Rule: Administrative Reviews in the School Nutrition Programs The USDA has proposed a rule that would revise the State Agency's administrative review process to establish a unified accountability system designed to ensure that participation school food authorities comply with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program requirements. In addition to the new administrative review process, this rule proposes to require State Agencies to report and publicly post school food authorities’ administrative review results. Read the USDA Federal Register notice of the proposed rule. Comments on the proposed rule can be made at www.regulations.gov. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Allocation of Funds for School Year 2015-2016 The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) operates in selected elementary schools in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide funding allocation amounts for all State agencies for school year (SY) 2015-2016, to provide information on funding requirements and deadlines, and to serve as a reminder of important program requirements. Updated Department of Ed Title I and CEP Guidance There is a connection between CEP and programs operated under Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, because State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) often use NSLP data to carry out certain Title I requirements. The Department of Education's (ED) most recent guidance on the connection between Title I and CEP was published in January 2014. Since that time, ED has received some additional questions about CEP. This updated guidance and attachment addresses those questions. Chef Ann Cooper: Opting Out is Not an Option Chef Ann Cooper, celebrated chef author and advocate for child nutrition, penned an article on the importance of school nutrition. "All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals. When we abandon school food , we abandon children who could benefit from our powerful voices, our influence, and our strength: three things that children - especially poor ones - lack," writes Chef Ann. Read the full article here. Report: Fewer Students Drink Milk at School Low-fat and fat-free milk consumption in schools is declining, according to a recent report from the National Dairy Council. "The decline in milk consumption is worrisome because it is difficult to replace the nutrient package found in milk with other foods, without adding extra calories and cost," Jean Ragalie-Carr, the council's president, said during a Congressional briefing. Read the full story. State Policy Nevada Senate Passes Breakfast Bill Last week, the Nevada Senate passed a bill creating a Breakfast After the Bell Program. State officials said 103 elementary schools now serve breakfast, but the bill could add another 120 to the program. The governor's budget calls for $2 million in state money so schools can start the program, although state agriculture officials said most of the nearly $16 million annual cost of serving breakfast would be covered by federal reimbursements. The neediest schools would get the state grants first. New State Policy Resource Each state has its own unique set of rules and regulations to navigate as well as the federal mandates that all states are required to meet. SNA has pulled together summaries of each state's policies as well as information on the legislative calendar and lobbying rules to help those interested in addressing policy changes going forward. To see how your state stacks up, please visit our website . If you see any changes that need to be made or have questions, please email them to SNA's Director of State Government Affairs, Nichole Westin at nwestin@schoolnutrition.org! Reports, Webinars, and Events Don't Miss SNA's Upcoming Webinars! Be sure to check out SNA's list of upcoming webinars! New topics include an in-depth look at implementation of community eligibility. SNA's professional development webinars are the perfect solution to be in the know on the hottest topics in school nutrition. Community Eligibility Provision: Beyond the Basics (3:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 13) Join us for this free webinar to learn about strategies to effectively implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). We'll cover innovative solutions and how to maximize participation through breakfast after the bell. How SNA's Professional Development Programs Can Help You Meet Professional Standards (2:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 27 ) Join us for this free webinar to learn how SNA'S various professional development programs can help you meet continuing education requirements for professional standards. Register for upcoming webinars. FRAC May Meals Matter Conference Calls The next in FRAC's summer, afterschool, and breakfast meals matter webinars are right around the corner. Summer Meals Matter 1:00pm Thursday, May 7 Afterschool Meals Matter 1:00pm Thursday May 21 Breakfast Matters 2:00pm Thursday May 14 USDA Community Eligibility Webinar Series USDA is providing a webinar series on the Community Eligibility Provision May 20 - Community Eligibility and State and Local Funding May 27 - Community Eligibility and Administrative Review June 10 - Successful Implementation Strategies USDA Farm to School Webinar Series Catch the next webinars in USDA's Farm to School series. May 13 - Evaluating your program May 28 - Tying it all together and digging in Register . Access past recordings of the series. MARO Health Partners' Webinar The USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region is organizing a robust network of health care organizations with the goal of expanding and creating opportunities to improve child nutrition and health. June 9, 2015 11am-12pm - Agenda and Webinar logistics to follow.

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