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November 25, 2008

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SNA Announces Process for Nominating USDA Political Appointees

SNA Announces 2008 Election Results

Educate Your Community Wrap Up

Food Security Numbers Show an Increase in Hungry Children

National Anti-Hunger Groups Send Letter to Obama Transition Team

Phyllis Hodges Selected for Tennessee Government Training Program

Illinois Legislature Kills Trans Fat Bill

CNIC 2009: Big Ideas in the Big Easy

Burger King Limits Sodium in Children’s Meals

Banning Fast Food Ads Will Reduce Childhood Overweight: Study

Studies Released on School Food, Breakfast

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SNA Announces Process for Nominating USDA Political Appointees

usdaAs daily news reports indicate, President-elect Barack Obama is currently appointing individuals to high-level positions at various departments and agencies – including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  As it has in past administrations, SNA will participate in this process by suggesting names for consideration for some of these positions.

In October, the Public Policy and Legislation Committee, under the direction of the SNA Board of Directors, voted to create an ad hoc committee to identify, select, and nominate individuals for consideration by President-elect Barack Obama as appointees to USDA.  The 4-member committee consists of Craig Weidel, Chairman, SNA PPL Committee; Nancy Rice, SNA Vice President; Pat McCoy, SNA Industry Representative; and Donna Wittrock, SNA Past President (2003-2004).  This committee will be making nominations for 4 high-level positions within the USDA.  These positions are Under Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, Administrator, and Associate Administrator.

If you know of someone who is interested in any of these positions, please encourage them to send their resume and a letter of interest to Cathy Schuchart, Staff Vice President for Child Nutrition and Policy at cschuchart@schoolnutrition.org Also, please submit the Application for Consideration form. Since this is a quickly moving process, all suggestions need to be received by Monday, December 1, 2008.  For additional information, please visit the link below.

SNA Announces Process for Nominating USDA Political Appointees

SNA Application for Consideration

 

SNA Announces 2008 Election Results

helen phillipsMembers of the School Nutrition Association have spoken, casting their ballots in the annual election for the Association’s top leadership positions. Eight new members to the Board of Directors will be installed in July 2009 and three members, representing different SNA regions, will join the Nominating Committee. SNA member Helen Phillips, SNS was elected Vice President and will serves as SNA President during the 2011-2012 school year.

SNA congratulates the candidates for their election to the Association’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and thanks all the candidates for their enthusiasm and commitment to serve the national Association. These winning candidates will be installed in July during School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, and will serve under the leadership of incoming President Dora Rivas, SNS.

For the list of winners, please visit the link below.

SNA Announces 2008 Election Results

 

Educate Your Community Wrap Up

As part of the first annual SNA Educate Your Community week school nutrition directors, managers and supervisors from around the country spoke to community groups from the Kettering City Women's Noon Optimist Club in Ohio to a school board meeting in Bogalusa City, Louisiana. Presentations focused on the many diverse efforts of school nutrition professionals to provide healthy, quality meals to students while managing financially self-sufficient programs.

Educate Your Community Week 2008 was officially from November 17 – 21, 2008. Often using examples of balanced school meals on the lunch tray or presentations peppered with rich pictures of students enjoying healthy school meals, the speaking engagements gave parents and community members in the audience a good feel for the real triumphs and challenges of running a school nutrition program in today’s economic climate.

Getting the Word Out

 

Food Security Numbers Show an Increase in Hungry Children

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service released figures on hunger and food security for 2007.  The report found that 88.9 percent of American households are food secure, meaning that these families have, at all times, access to a stable source of food throughout the year.  In contrast, 11.1 percent or 13 million American households are food insecure, meaning that they periodically do not have access to a stable source of food.  Of the 13 million households, 4.7 million or 4.1 percent have very low food security.  These numbers are almost unchanged from 2005 and 2006.

Children are especially hit hard in food insecure households.  Approximately 691,000 children live in families that suffer from food insecurity.  This number increased sharply from 2006, when approximately 430,000 children suffered from food insecurity.

Since September, school nutrition directors have noted that the number of families applying for the free and reduced price meal programs has risen substantially over last year, as well as overall student participation.  Directors are also seeing an increase in the number of children charging school meals.  A recent article shows that the Des Moines, Iowa, school district had a rise in student charges.  Parents owe the school system $56,700 in lunch money, a 50 percent increase over last school year.  School nutrition directors blame the increase on the faltering economy.

Food Security Numbers Show Increase in Hungry Children

Sign of credit crisis: More owe lunch money in Des Moines schools – Des Moines Register

 

National Anti-Hunger Groups Send Letter to Obama Transition Team

Several national anti-hunger organizations, including the School Nutrition Association, have sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, stating their support of his goal to end childhood hunger by 2015.  The letter briefly outlines several steps that the organizations would like the president elect to consider.  The organizations would like President-elect Obama to increase funding for the child nutrition programs, including school meals, in the FY 2010 budget. To view a copy of the letter, please visit the link below.

National Anti-Hunger Organizations Letter to Obama Transition Team

 

Phyllis Hodges Selected for Tennessee Government Training Program

Former SNA State Agency Section chair Phyllis Hodges was selected as one of 30 Tennessee state employees to attend the Tennessee Government Management Institute (TGMI).  Hodges was selected and endorsed as one of two within the state Department of Education.  She is the first person from the School Nutrition program staff to attend.

 

Illinois Legislature Kills Trans Fat Bill

The Illinois House of Representatives voted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 to defeat a bill that would have banned the use of trans fat in schools.  The legislation, SB 2858, would have required the Illinois State Board of Education to adopt rules for the elimination of all oils with trans fat from school meals.  All school districts in the state would be required to discontinue use of all foods containing trans fat by July 2010.

The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on April 17, 2008 with a 33-19 vote.  It failed the state House last Thursday with a vote of 39 yeas to 71 nos.

 

CNIC 2009: Big Ideas in the Big Easy

When will food costs decrease? How can I lower my supply chain costs? What are the latest trends in school nutrition? Gain new ideas, research and tools to help your school nutrition program thrive by attending SNA’s Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) in New Orleans January 18 – 20, 2009. A unique opportunity to make a difference in New Orleans’ hurricane-ravaged schools is also planned.

Conference highlights include:

  • Members from Major Cities can share and discuss public policy options necessary to transform the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill of 2009 during the pre-conference session especially for Major Cities. 
  • Innovative tools and resources to make the most effective use of the school nutrition supply chain to save costs, build better relationships, and work together to keep school nutrition operations “in the black” in these tough financial times.
  • Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to spend an afternoon restoring several schools impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Volunteer opportunities may include painting a mural, unpacking and shelving books, painting in a cafeteria, or planting trees.

For additional information and registration, please visit the CNIC 2009 web page.

 

Burger King Limits Sodium in Children’s Meals

Burger King announced last week that it will limit the amount of sodium in all of its “Kids Meals”.  According to the announcement, the chain will limit the amount of sodium to 600 milligrams in all of the meals advertised to children.  Burger King is among the first fast food chains to limit the amount of sodium in foods sold to children.

Burger King begins limiting sodium in “Kids Meals”

 

Banning Fast Food Ads Will Reduce Childhood Overweight: Study

A new report from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Bureau of Economic Research argues that banning or severely limiting fast food advertising could drastically reduce childhood overweight in the United States.  The study looked at the viewing habits of 13,000 children, using U.S. Department of Labor statistics from 1979 and 1997.  Researchers measured the number of fast food ads children watched, finding that a fast food TV ad ban would reduce childhood overweight by 18 percent for children ages 3 to 11 and 14 percent for kids aged 12 to 18. 

NIH: Banning Fast Food Ads Will Make Kids Less Fat

 

Studies Released on School Food, Breakfast 

A research brief issued by Child Trends, a national non-profit research group, claims that unhealthy food is prevalent in schools.  The brief looks at data collected in 2004 and fails to take into consideration local school wellness policies and various industry standards that have changed the food landscape of schools since then.  The report concludes that both healthy and unhealthy foods are available to students in schools through out the country.

Also last week a study sponsored by the Sodexho Foundation reviewed many other reports on school breakfast and drew two conclusions: school breakfast is beneficial to the health and academic success of students, and not enough schools offer school breakfast. School breakfast participation has steadily increased over the years reaching a high of over 10.1 million student per day last year. The report can be accessed through the link below.

School Food Unwrapped: What’s Available and What Our Kids are Actually Eating

Impact of School Breakfast on Children's Health and Learning

 

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State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia.


 
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