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SNA Calls for Quick Passage of HR 5504

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

SNA Calls for Quick Passage of HR 5504

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (July 1, 2010) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) commended the House Education and Labor Committee for holding today’s hearing on H.R.5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, and called on Congress to pass this critical legislation before Congress departs for August recess.

“Today’s witnesses are testament to the importance of nutritious school meals to the health and success of America’s future generations.  Doctors, military leaders, dietitians, experts in food security, even America’s top chefs are all joining school nutrition professionals in calling on Congress to pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization,” said School Nutrition Association President Dora Rivas, MS, RD, SNS, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services for Dallas ISD (Tex.). 

“With very few days left on the Congressional calendar, our leaders cannot afford to go on their summer vacation without first completing their assignment to meet the nutritional needs of students who will be returning to lunch lines this fall.  School nutrition professionals are working hard to meet the goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign and the Institute of Medicine’s recommended nutrition standards for school meals, but to succeed, these under-funded programs must receive the additional resources promised in H.R. 5504,” said Rivas.
 
Rivas testified before the House Education and Labor Committee regarding school nutrition issues in March.

The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 includes many critical improvements to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs which SNA has advocated for, including:

  • Assisting schools in meeting Institute of Medicine recommendations for school meals by increasing the federal reimbursement rate for school lunch.
  • 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;
  • Expanding direct certification for school meals to include children who are eligible for Medicaid; and
  • Expanding access to school breakfast, afterschool meals and the Summer Food Service Program.

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

The School Nutrition Association 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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