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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.
Grain/Protein Limits for School Meals Permanently Lifted
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (January 2, 2014) – School Nutrition Association (SNA) members applaud the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new rule to permanently eliminate overly restrictive weekly limits on the grains and proteins served with school meals. Securing this reprieve became a primary focus of SNA’s 2013 advocacy efforts following negative impacts of weekly limits on meal planning and student participation.
Updated nutrition standards for school meals, implemented in July 2012, included weekly grain and protein maximums, which inadvertently took a variety of healthy foods off the menu in school cafeterias.
Many schools could not offer daily sandwich choices because serving two slices of whole-grain bread each day exceeded weekly grain limits, and salads topped with grilled chicken and low fat cheese surpassed weekly protein limits.
These changes prompted complaints from some students concerned that school meals were no longer adequate to keep hunger at bay, and led many families to start packing lunch for their students. Acknowledging these problems, USDA temporarily lifted the weekly limits through the 2013-14 school year.
"School Nutrition Association members are pleased that USDA has provided this permanent fix, acknowledging the need for greater flexibility in planning well balanced school meals,” said SNA President Leah Schmidt, SNS. “With school nutrition professionals already planning menus and inventory for the 2014-15 school year, eliminating the grain and protein limits is a key step to providing healthy menus that appeal to students.”
USDA’s new rule will be published on January 3.
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