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Chairman Lincoln Introduces Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
301-686-3124 Ext.
media@schoolnutrition.org

Chairman Lincoln Introduces Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (March 17, 2010) – US Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has officially launched Congressional efforts to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, which reaches over 31 million American children participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs each day.  Today, Chairman Lincoln introduced the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a draft reauthorization bill which offers a strong first step toward strengthening these programs and acknowledges the need to increase funding for school meals.

“School Nutrition Association greatly appreciates the efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Lincoln to promote good nutrition for America’s school children and looks forward to working with members of the Committee throughout the Reauthorization process to ensure the critical needs of school meals programs are met," stated SNA President Dora Rivas, MS, RD, SNS and Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services for Dallas ISD (Tex.).  “Despite extremely limited budgets, school nutrition programs provide students well-balanced meals and are seeking crucial funding increases to further improve meal programs and include more fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and whole grains.”
 
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act includes many critical improvements to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs which SNA has advocated for, including:

  • Granting the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to establish national nutrition standards for all foods sold on the school campus throughout the school day;
  • Expanding universal meal service through community eligibility; a new option allowing high-poverty schools to offer free meals to all students without collecting paper applications;
  • Establishing professional standards for school nutrition personnel and providing additional training for the individuals who operate the federal school nutrition programs;
  • Directing the Secretary of Agriculture to provide guidance on allowable charges to school nutrition programs to prevent inappropriate charges;
  • Expanding direct certification for school meals to include children who are eligible for Medicaid; and
  • Expanding access to afterschool meals and the Summer Food Service Program.

While the legislation would boost funding for the federal child nutrition programs by $450 million per year, including a performance-based 6 cent increase in the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches, additional efforts are needed to reach the $1 billion per year increase requested by President Barack Obama. 

For additional information SNA’s legislative priorities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010, please see SNA's 2010 Legislative Issue Paper.

SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.  Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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 The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 - Complete Bill  (pdf)

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SNA Announces Four New “DISTRICTS OF EXCELLENCE”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Alexis Steines
301-686-3075 Ext.
asteines@schoolnutrition.org

SNA Announces Four New “DISTRICTS OF EXCELLENCE”

School Nutrition Association Recognizes Local School Nutrition Operations


NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (March 17, 2010) The School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Foundation announced that Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, Polk County Public Schools in Bartow, Florida, Willamina School District in Willamina, Oregon, and El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas have received the District of Excellence in School Nutrition distinction.

District of Excellence is based on the Keys to Excellence, which provides an opportunity for school districts to assess their program against the industry’s standards and has been a core component of SNA’s professional development and training programs since 1992.

“This designation from the School Nutrition Association is a great honor because it recognizes the dedication and excellence of local school food and nutrition operations and the tremendous effort they take to make school meals attractive, nutritious, and affordable. These four school districts have achieved quality school nutrition programs and we congratulate them on their accomplishments and their commitment to excellence in school food and nutrition management,” said SNA Executive Director Barbara Belmont.

District of Excellence recipients may also be invited to apply for the prestigious District of the Year Award which includes a grant of up to $25,000.  The District of Excellence and District of the Year programs are made possible through the School Nutrition Foundation with the support of the National Dairy Council.

To learn more about the District of Excellence program or to download an application, please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/keys.

SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.  Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

The School Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the SNA.  The Foundation’s commitment to the child nutrition community is integral to implementing positive changes in school meals and, ultimately, to the health of school children.

 

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