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SNA President Shares School Cafeteria Concerns with Congress
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – With the Senate on the verge of introducing child nutrition reauthorization legislation, School Nutrition Association (SNA) President, Jean Ronnei, SNS, sent a letter to key members of Congress today reiterating SNA’s plea for increased funding and commonsense flexibility under school nutrition regulations.
Ronnei, who serves as Chief Operations Officer for Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), wrote of challenges her school district has faced since the new rules were implemented. The SPPS meal program, hailed by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as “a model for not just the state of Minnesota, but for the rest of the country,” has experienced financial losses and declining meal sales in recent years.
SNA released a new infographic today illustrating how these concerns are shared by school districts nationwide.
SNA supports the overwhelming majority of the new rules, including caps on calories, saturated and trans fats and mandates to offer larger servings and a wider variety of fruits and vegetables. To address challenges, SNA is asking Congress for a 35 cent increase to the federal reimbursement for school meals and flexibility on a few of the new rules (see www.schoolnutrition.org/PositionPaper for details).
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. For more information on school meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.