In light of a possible shut down of the U.S. Government beginning Tuesday, October 1, USDA has announced its contingency plan for the operation of FNS. For the Child Nutrition programs, School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations into October. Meal providers are paid on a reimbursement basis 30 days after the end of the service month. Limited carryover funding will be available during a lapse to support FY 2014 meal service. Once an appropriation is enacted, USDA expects additional resources will be available to reimburse October performance. For more information, please click here. SNA will continue to provide information as it is available.
October is National Farm to School Month, and it’s not too late to plan to celebrate the ways your program is connecting students with healthy, locally-grown foods.
www.FarmToSchoolMonth.org offers a host of resources to help you plan your celebration, including a communications toolkit to help spread the word about your events and a fact sheet to share with everyone in your community. The interactive Theme of the Day calendar includes links to tips and information about each theme and how they can be celebrated.
Be sure to complete the Farm to School Counts survey to share your stories and photos and be entered in a drawing for one of several prizes including free registration to the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, Texas in April 2014.
As you are aware, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has published an interim final rule for Competitive Foods entitled, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School. This interim final rule amends the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. Review SNA’s comments to that rule here. SNA reconvened the Competitive Foods Task Force to review and analyze the rule, as well as to develop a position in response to the rule, which was submitted to USDA following Board approval.
SNA strongly encourages members to review the comments and utilize them to develop your own, your district’s, or your state’s position and submit. Written comments on the Rule are accepted at Regulations.gov until October 28, 2013.
See www.schoolnutrition.org/competitivefoods for more details and supporting documents on the process SNA took in development of its position.
DoSomething.org, a youth advocacy website with two million members, has launched a campaign encouraging young people to photograph their school lunch. The Fed Up school lunch campaign (www.dosomething.org/fedup), asks participants to “show us what you think of school lunch” by posting photos of their meal, completing a short survey on their impressions of school lunch, and voting either “eat it” or “toss it” on posted photos.
School Nutrition Association (SNA) sent this letter to DoSomething.org on behalf of members and is communicating with DoSomething.org regarding campaign inaccuracies. SNA encourages members to help show DoSomething.org the true state of school meals.
Visit this link and submit a photo of your school lunch so visitors to the site can see the healthy, fresh, delicious food you serve in your schools each day. It only takes a few minutes to participate. Click on the “Show us your lunch” tab at the bottom of the page. Then click on “register” in the top right corner. You will be required to provide your name, an email address and birthday (you are not required to submit a cell number). Upload your photo and you can complete the short multiple choice survey telling the site how healthy your lunch is!
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